Embodying the surging “K-Wave” that’s enveloped our world, STARR Restaurants’ KPOD translates Korean ingenuity into a singular dining experience. Vivacious and vibrant with subtle Seoul-inspired touches, the clean and contemporary University City space is the ideal showcase for chef Peter Serpico, who channels his Korean-American heritage to craft a knowledgeable but non-traditional take on the cuisine. A Philadelphia restaurant that honors the past and the future in equal stead, KPOD is a celebration of the culture-defining spirit of South Korea.


L'Observatoire International has been invited by Starr Restaurants to develop the lighting scheme for the KPod restaurant in Philadelphia, designed by Stokes Architecture + Design.

L’Observatoire International created the lighting design for the restaurant, including the upper bar, lower sushi counter bar, dining areas, private dining "pods" and amenities.

Location Philadelphia, PA, USA
Date Completed 2022
Interior Designer Stokes Architecture + Design
Client Starr Restaurants
Type Hospitality
size2,925 ft2 / 272 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Carrie Chang
Project Team Akito Aiba
Press Metropolis Magazine, Jun 2022
Philly Mag, May 2022
Photo Credits Jason Varney