Yakuza tattoos are generally reserved for the most hardened of clan members, but for architect Vincent Coste, they go way beyond a life of crime. Koï, a Japanese restaurant in Aix-en-Provence, France, pacifies all notions associated with the underground syndicate via an elaborately designed interior that feels contemporary and inviting.

Graphically created by surface pattern designer Claire Leina, Yakuza motifs in black and white adorn entranceway walls, floors, ceilings and bathrooms, used more sparingly in dining areas and a patio area out back. Seated sections look pale by comparison, though metallic red chairs, timber flooring, warm mood lighting and concrete countertops achieve a nice coherence nonetheless.

To see more of Coste's work, check out Maison A3 in Toulon, France.

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