Koi Restaurant, Los Angeles

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Koi Restaurant, Los Angeles

Schoos Design's first L.A. restaurant, Koi is a more modern spin on the Asian style perfected in venues like Tao New York. Instead of specific Japanese references, textures like bamboo and water give a zen feel.  When the owners complained that the bar area was too small, Thomas suggested converting an entire dining room into a lounge where guests could wait or even order dinner or desserts, encouraging lingering and comingling.  To compensate, outdoor patios were adapted for intimate al fresco dining, and these are now the most requested tables. The arrangement led to Koi becoming one of L.A.'s first "destination restaurants."