EAST Restaurant / YOD Design Studio

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EAST Restaurant / YOD Design Studio
© Andrey Avdeenko

Architect’s Statement: Just look at the tabletops from Java Island and luminous stones on ceilings, restrained minimalism and an unusual play of contrasts. This rethought and cosmopolitan philosophy of Pan-Asia is embodied in the new Kiev restaurant.

EAST is located in the historical center of Kiev. Once there was a well-known Porto Maltese fish restaurant which was famous forthe quality of food and professional staff from Serbia. In due time, the institution was a leader among fish restaurants of the capital. Nevertheless, everything changes and people’s favorite Porto was not an exception. Having chosen the pan-Asian direction, the owner decided to change not only the cuisine, but also an interior.

EAST Restaurant / YOD Design Studio
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Starting to work on the next pan-Asian cuisine restaurant, we wanted to create a truly cosmopolitan space that is not attached to any particular region. Therefore, in a laconic and restrained interior you will not find the usual expressly bright attributes of East Asian ethnics.

We successfully reproduced an image of the pan-Asian restaurant through Eastern philosophy which unites different countries and cultures. Thus, this establishment reflects the main natural elements of the East – stone, wood, water, fire and metal.

EAST Restaurant / YOD Design Studio
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The inside of the restaurant was divided into two halls. By using the same materials, these rooms make the overall scope but have completely different patterns. The first one with an open kitchen and wok zone disposes to communication and active movement. The second one where the bar and lounge area are placed is far more calm and peaceful.

To functionally separate the entrance lobby from the main room space, it was decided to place near the hostess area a table, circled by three U-shaped boxes made of strips. Length of the table (5.6 m) allows large and noisy company to fit in perfectly. At the same time, the construction of the boxes and the high level of seating arrangements make it possible for the visitors to feel themselves comfortable and sheltered.

EAST Restaurant / YOD Design Studio
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In addition to the area of seating arrangements, there is an open kitchen and glass wine cellar on the first floor. By means of specially designed cellar construction, the problem of the premium bottles look was solved: the neck of a bottle is put into a sleeve thus hiding the excise.

All the attention in the second room gets the bar with a low counter which is typical for Asian countries. This impressive construction is made of granite slabs with a total weight of about 8 tons. From a half-closed lounge area bar is separated by shelves with alcohol and aquariums of individual work.

EAST Restaurant / YOD Design Studio
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Tabletops became one of the central elements of the interior design. They are made of the palm oak solid mass, which is specially brought from the island of Java. A tree itself is so unique and original that actually it was the main reason to choose so strict and discreet format of design. To emphasize its beauty, we placed ceiling spot lights which illuminate the room with technical light, creating a play of light and shade.

Working with a limited number of materials (stone, wood, water, and rusty metal) we played on contrasts and tactile sensations. Thus, there appeared unique felt lighting fittings of individual work on a ceiling which contrasted with a natural rusty covering. Made in the form of stones, they are at the same time soft and pleasant to the touch. Felt stones also protrude from the backs of sofas. Besides bright visual accent the sofas function as acoustic panels, isolating noisy second room with a DJ Place.

EAST Restaurant / YOD Design Studio
© Andrey Avdeenko

The element of water found its reflection in the bathroom. The first thing the guest sees, coming to the anteroom, is an unusual mirror made in the form of a drop. Above the washbasin there are three taps sat different levels, and when you bring your hands to a sensor, water starts streaming down slowly.

There is a special esthetics in such solutions: during those few seconds when water is reaching the last tap, the visitor is not simply waiting for it but involuntarily becoming a true fan of the EAST restaurant. Individualism of this establishment, its unique philosophy is embodied in similar details united by the general concept.

Project Details:
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Area: 400 sqm
Architects: YOD studio of commercial design
Team: Volodymyr Nepyivoda, Dmytro Bonesko
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko