INUA Restaurant

Interior Design: OEO Studio
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Year: 2018
Furniture: Jari Collection

Restaurant INUA in Tokyo with former Noma chef Thomas Frebel at the helm is a partnership between Noma’s head chef Rene Redzepi and Japan’s Kadokawa Corporation. Restaurant INUA opened its doors to the public in June 2018. In 2019, INUA received two Michelin stars and won the ‘Arrival of the Year’ title at the World Restaurant Awards 2019. In 2020, INUA was included in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Tasked with creating a clear link to Japan as well as referencing Noma’s Nordic heritage, OEO Studio devised a design concept for the new 700m2 restaurant that fuses Japanese and Nordic sensibilities to bring about a refined blend of craftsmanship, materiality and architecture. OEO Studio worked with local materials as well as Japanese-inspired details interpreted with a Nordic twist in novel and unexpected ways. Signature to the OEO Studio design approach, INUA features the highest level of bespoke design.

The restaurant and bar, which can seat 60, comprises a mix of dining-heights and high-counter seating that offers a range of city skyline views. For the restaurant, OEO Studio designed the Jari Dining Table series with table tops resembling pebbles softly shaped by lapping waves over time. In the private dining room, the Jari Dining Chair, also designed by OEO Studio, offers the utmost level of comfort.


“Twelve carefully made high-precision component parts come together to form the JARI Chair in a unity that can only be achieved in dialogue between the designer and Brdr. Krüger craftspeople”

Thomas Lykke, OEO Studio

Credits: OEO Studio
Furniture: Jari Chair
Photography: Jason Loucas & Michinori Aoki

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