French design collective Uchronia expertly mixed its aesthetics for this quirky izakaya in Paris’s 16th arrondissement.
The restaurant interiors pay homage to the Japanese cuisine on offer at Unagi, as well as the design heritage of the surrounding neighbourhood. Uchronia says that the ‘enchanting spaces’ of the nearby apartment buildings were a significant influence, particularly their brutalist lobbies and use of painted murals and built-in planters.
Echoes of this can be seen in Unagi’s abstract wall mural, created by Atelier Roma and painted in soft shades of sandy pink and yellow. It is offset by bright red wall lights and wavy, i-set mirrors, both of which carry some of the playfulness of the Memphis Group and postmodern design movement. Shapes from the mural are echoed in Unagi’s dining furniture, with tables covered in a puddle of similar colour.
Other distinguishing features of the space include its snaking green and maroon banquettes – which accommodates plants – and Unagi’s copper leaf bar, also made by Atelier Roma. Uchronia describes the overall effect as ‘mixing organic forms, slightly nostalgic features, natural and radiant colours and a strict geometry’ to create ‘a series of vibrant contrasts’.