Sergey Makhno Architects creates Japanese restaurant interior with Ukrainian soul in Kiev
Fujiwara Yoshi is a new Japanese restaurant with Ukrainian soul located in Kiev. One of the biggest Japanese restaurants in Europe was designed by Ukrainian design and architecture lab Sergey Makhno Architects.
“This project is special to me. Japan is my place of power. I fall in love with this country every time I go there. And I always want more. Therefore, I was happy to put a piece of my love in the heart of Ukraine. Our main task was to communicate Japanese philosophy, not to shout it with some clichés. The design of the restaurant is coziness dictated by Japan, but read with the Ukrainian soul. The labyrinth stretches past the terrace-garden. Panoramic windows fill it with a flood of daylight. Author’s lighting by Makhno floats underneath the black ceiling: the minimalist Gemini, the laconic ceramic Runa, and if you look into the Lakuna lamps, you will see Japan itself. Floor lamps, made in the form of the chasen (a whisk for matcha tea), sow tender light directly to the guests’ plates. The garden throws the shadows at the sitting area. The alley of bonsai trees brought from a small town near Tokyo leads to sea-life and freshwater aquariums with a shamelessly bulky table for tuna processing behind. The sushi bar is already making instant rolls under large Fuji-lamps. I personally designed them, contemplating that snow-white Japanese mountain. Instead of the ordinary lighting, there are chimneys in one tatami-room, and a plump copper flower in another. They can tell you about the sun hiding behind the roofs in the Japanese gardens. For business negotiations, there is a separate room with wooden walls, floor, and ceiling — so that nobody overhears. And in a large banquet hall, under the poppy-heads of lamps, a table is threading across the room. The ceramic barrels of sake and a mob of the wine refrigerator prompt what will go farther. Farther, will be something winy — under a light graded cloth, in the arms of the travertine, the bar is ringing with glasses. The ceramic barrels of sake and a mob of the wine refrigerator prompt what will go farther. Farther, will be something winy — under a light graded cloth, in the arms of the travertine, the bar is ringing with glasses. Just in time, because the stone slabs on the wall begin to tell ‘One hundred poems of one hundred poets’,” explains Sergey Makhno, the founder of the Sergey Makhno Architects studio