Graham Baba Architects was chosen to develop a new urban food-shopping experience, an offshoot of the family-owned Uwajimaya grocery store chain specializing in mainly Asian foods and specialty products.

Kai Market occupies 5,500 square feet of the 400 Fairview Building in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.   “Kai” is the Japanese word for “ocean”;  the store is conceived as an open and transparent space, including a live seafood tank and master fishmonger station.  A neutral palette of materials focuses attention on colorful foods and products.

To light the space, the designer selected nine SAVOYE fixtures.  Shades are 48″ in diameter by 16″ high covered in Carnegie Fabrics Xorel “Quarry” 6619-99, oil-rubbed bronze powder coat metal finish.   Eight PUNCHEON 5.5-15 pendants are also covered in Quarry 6619-99.  Three PROSPERITY No. 22 pendants round out the lighting palette: the 22″ diameter by 12″ high shades are covered in “Meteor” 6427-21.