Detroit Eatery by Undecorated Mimics Bangkok’s Bright Lights

PROJECT NAME Takoi
FIRM Undecorated
SQ. FT. 2,500 SQF

It started as a food truck. Next came a bricks-and-mortar version, occupying an abandoned Detroit garage transformed by Ishtiaq Rafiuddin’s design firm, Undecorated. Called Katoi, the Thai restaurant won wide acclaim before being forced to close by a catastrophic fire—arson was suspected. So Rafiuddin returned. Renamed Takoi, it’s now bigger and better than before, with more seating in the dining room, plus an after-hours dance club. Throughout the 2,500 square feet, translucent polycarbonate paneling is backed by color-changing RGB LED strips that mimic, he says, “Bangkok’s electric, chromatic lights at night.”

Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Takoi by Undecorated. Photography by Chris Miele.
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