vincent coste inks japanese restaurant in france with yakuza tattoo motifs
all images by florent joliot

 

 

 

in aix-en-provence, a city in the south of france, architect vincent coste has completed the interior design of a japanese restaurant influenced by yakuza tattoos. named koï, the eatery is clad with large monochromatic illustrations that depict the japanese fish of the same name. the graphics, designed by claire leina, envelop the floor, walls, and ceiling of specified areas of the restaurant. the theme is extended throughout the remainder of the scheme, and is even applied to branded crockery.

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the interior project is influenced by yakuza tattoos

 

 

 

the renovation also involved the design of the furniture, with the inclusion of red chairs providing a bold splash of color. made from engineered steel, the metallic seats complement the predominantly monochrome interiors, which feature pale timber flooring alongside concrete countertops, tables, and walls. a sheltered terrace at the rear of the restaurant allows for outdoor dining, while a burgundy version of the tattooed motif is also found within the restrooms.

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the eatery is clad with large monochromatic illustrations

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
the graphics, designed by claire leina, envelope the floor, walls, and ceiling

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
red chairs provide a bold splash of color

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
the tattoo theme is extended throughout the remainder of the scheme

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
the renovation also involved the design of the restaurant’s furniture

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
the metallic seats complement the predominantly monochrome interiors

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
pale timber flooring is used alongside concrete countertops

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
a sheltered terrace at the rear of the restaurant allows for outdoor dining

vincent-coste-japanese-restaurant-koi-yakuza-tattoo-interiors-aix-en-provence-france-designboom-02
a burgundy version of the tattooed motif is found within the restrooms

 

 

project info:

 

name: restaurant koï
location: aix-en-provence, france
architecture/design: vincent coste studio design & associés
architect: vincent coste.
project manager: jérôme garzon
tattoo graphics: claire leina
area: 300 sqm
photography: florent joliot