China Ma Restaurant

YOD Group used minimal furniture and muted tones to enhance the unique installations at China Ma Restaurant, a Cantonese eatery in Kiev.

  • area / size 2,099 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Kyiv, Ukraine,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • The first thing you see when you come to China Ma restaurant is a huge face of an Asian girl, who constantly shifts her emotions.

    One moment she looks surprised, and then she is fascinated to see newcomers or smiles shyly. These are real character’s emotions, which are broadcasted on the large rounded LED screen. It is hard to turn your eyes off this media sculpture, but you can get even a better view from the small glass bridge that links two halls on the first floor of the restaurant.

    China Ma with a name derived from ‘china mania’ is a modern Chinese restaurant, located at the «Terminal Food» Shopping Center in Kyiv. The restaurant’s cuisine is Cantonese, which brings together the best dishes from eight contemporary Chinese cuisines, combined with a collection of 25 rare varieties of tea. The idea of the venue is to immerse guests in the lively atmosphere of Chinese streets with their beaming lights and various emotions.

    Crucial decorative elements in the space are black bunched wires hung up in all restaurant halls. These wires have tiny LED lamps on their ends. Their light is not enough to light up the table, but they are like charming sparks.

    Other dynamic installations in China Ma restaurant also relate the space to the lively streets of Chinese cities. One of them is the long tube, which is located on the ground floor below the ceiling and goes through the whole space into the street next to the restaurant’s entrance. It makes an unusual element of the restaurant’s frontage and attracts visitors to come inside. The other panel with a dynamic inscription pattern on it is installed in the bathroom.

    Design: YOD Group
    Design Team: Volodymyr Nepiyvoda, Dmytro Bonesko, Mykola Dotsenko, Nataliya Tymoshenko, Oleksandr Kravchuk
    Photography: Andrey Bezuglov