Conceived, designed and curated by London-based artist and designer Henry Chebaane, this bar, dining and art space is inspired by the vibrant cultural, artistic and culinary cross-pollination taking place between the capitals of East Asia.
Chebaane, a long-time fan of East Asia, has layered the spectacular interiors of KOJAWAN into a retro-futuristic cosmopolitan stage : mixing European modern design with the bold graphic worlds of China, Japan and Korean metropolises.
The vibrant restaurant is conceived as a deliberate hybrid of genres, showing urban Asia like never before: parts science fiction film set, real-life KPop video and hip art gallery with an installation of over 50 pop art pieces, several by modern Chinese artists from L.A. to Singapore.
Breaking every possible rule about what Asian dining should look and feel like, turning design story-telling on its head while being steeped in references to popular art and virtual iconography – this destination does not seem “authentic” according to average Western expectations, yet it is filled with a multitude of genuine detail. The interior space experience conveys “real virtuality”: where the imaginary realm of digital culture is made into real and tangible sensations.