Drawing upon the idea of the Izakaya traditionally being an intimate place of socialisation and stress alleviation, Jean de Lessard has designed a uniquely chaotic yet cosy and sometimes claustrophobic interior in Kinoya, located in Montreal, Canada.
Even before you cross the threshold, you know that you will be transported from the somewhat predictable outside world into what feels like the inside of an origami animal. Salvaged wood from local barns are used to create triangles of different sizes and placed in seemingly haphazard fashion. Furniture and lighting were retrieved from the previous Kinoya and the grafitti on the walls and Kakemono banners hanging from the ceiling serve to affirm the cool, urban Japanese vibe of the space.
Images via Jean de Lessard