I was in Fukuoka in December and stumbled onto this soon-to-open Starbucks. The wood facade caught my eyes, of course, but I could not go in because it was 5 days before its opening.
Starbucks stores all around Japan are slowly changing its interior design lately. Gone are the cozy earth-colored graphics posters on walls as previously seen, gone are the lounge chairs. The new interiors is simpler in decoration, more sophisticated in its materials palette, and more subdued in overall feel. A lot of wood is used, the atmosphere is bright. If the old Starbucks was “a cozy winter reading room,” the new Starbucks is “Californian Loft in the spring.”
Well, it turns out that this new Starbucks in Fukuoka was designed by Kengo Kuma under the concept of “Mixture of Tradition and Contemporary by Natural Material” for this specific site. It sounds like it’s a one-time-deal and won’t be the standard for upcoming new stores. So it got me wondering….