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Kengo Kuma Turns Plastic Tubes into Ethereal Restaurant Decor

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Pretty cool

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is at it again. Just like what he did with this yakitori bar covered in ethernet cables and a tea pavilion made of plastic blocks, Kuma has found another way to transform a dining establishment with unorthodox materials. This time, the setting is a new French restaurant in Tokyo called Nacrée. And the building element of choice? Plastic tubes.

Looking as if they’ve dripped down from the ceiling like mod stalactites, the see-through cylinders form both delicate lighting hanging over the tables and decorative partitions. For another touch of whimsy, flowers have been popped into some of the cylinders—though fake, they become more dynamic when viewed through the translucent tube walls.