The standards of hipster dining have reached an all-time high in 2016 and from cat cafes to hybrids like a fried chicken and champagne bar turned sneaker store, it seems like there’s little left to shock and inspire these days. Architect Vincent Coste, however, has found a way to incorporate the art of an organised crime syndicate with contemporary Japanese dining.
Koï, a Japanese restaurant in Aix-en-Provence, France is completely decked out in intricate Yakuza tattoos. Taking the designs way beyond a life of crime, Coste takes the concept into modernity with a contemporary and inviting approach.
The monochrome Yakuza motifs were created in collaboration with surface pattern designer Claire Leina and adorn everything in the restaurant from the walls, to the floor, ceiling and bathrooms. Despite appearing more sparingly in dining areas and a patio area out back, the graphic designs combined with metallic red chairs, timber flooring, warm mood lighting and concrete countertops keep Koï modern, fun and a bonafide hipster hot spot.