“BIBO”: Hong Kong street art restaurant by Substance

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Hong Kong restaurant “BIBO” has recently been unveiled, boasting an interior designed by creative agency Substance and furnished with a jaw-dropping curation of street art. KAWS’ Companion sits alongside pieces by Shephard FaireyBanksyInvaderDamien HirstMr. BrainwashDaniel Arsham and JR, in a space that resembles a Parisian diner-cum-art gallery.

In order to tie in the French cuisine on offer with contemporary street art, a new history for the building was created – the abandoned regional headquarters of the fictional “Compagnie Générale Française de Tramways” (CGFT). Things like furniture, train timetables and unused ticket rolls are included as part of the design, inviting the new inhabitants, squatters and artists who gather in the vacated building to share food and ideas. Subway ventilation systems are hinted at through brass pipes while complex light fixtures appear as train signal lights. Abandoned construction sites are referenced through the bars, which are crafted from layers of unevenly stacked marble, with individual dining tables created from misaligned stone slabs.

Take a look inside the space above and be sure to pay the diner a visit should you ever be on Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road.

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