Shed. are interior designers and architects who’ve been designing and delivering environments for some of the world’s leading companies since 2000. They are straight talking, smart thinking creatives who work across residential and commercial markets, specialising in branded interior design. Above all, they focus on originality and innovation in everything they do. They are passionate about the creative process and love to make things happen. Shed and Splendid Restaurants come together creating a brand new restaurant offer going by the name Cha Chaan Teng. The new venture is located in the basement of The Club Quarters Hotel in Holborn, London. Alongside the interiors, Shed. were responsible for the full branding of the restaurant. Shed. share this new project with The LuxPad….
Project name: Cha Chaan Teng
Floor Area: over 300sqm
Project time taken: 4 months
Completion of Project: Nov 2016
Shed’s design brief was to keep the original Cha Chaan Teng feel but upgrade it to suit London’s premium market. Inspired by the infamous Cha Chaan Teng culture of post-war Hong Kong, which saw an influx of Western food establishments serving an unlikely mix of ‘East meets West’ foods, the restaurant is a London incarnation of the concept which has come full circle. It is a British interpretation of an Eastern reinterpretation of Western cuisine. Known for being brave in their statement-making Shed put a playful spin on the idea of misinterpretation embracing a concept that relishes being lost in translation.
What was the creation / planning process?
The 300sqm space is left open divided visually into three areas; the Bar, Bao and main dining area- each rife with their own Cha Chaan Teng persona. The bar presents a subdued palette of blues, dark greys and burnt pinks set off by dramatic high contrast marbles and swirling timber veneers. An unlikely amalgamation of furniture; art deco in form with a mid-century twist sits in the center of the space grounded by a silky dark blue carpet. A voluptuous ink blue suede banquette snakes its way across the floor.
Sitting central to the space the Bao area boasts a 2.7m oval crème marble table with amber turntable inserts and copper edging (Shed bespoke). The shared table is surrounded by cushioned stools upholstered in a volcanic marble effect velour crowned by a display of 40 paper lanterns. Behind, chefs can be seen busy at work in a small open kitchen framed in a bespoke oak panelling.
The main dining area offering just over 100 seats exudes a bustling and energetic atmosphere. Shed bravely played with the application of high end materials such as marble and brass pairing them with their faux laminate counterparts. A palette of deep greens, dark timbers, off whites, bruised browns and deep purples create an unconventional scheme but like the food served, the combination is unexpectedly pleasing.
Loose furniture runs down the centre of the restaurant in a haphazard arrangement, verde marble and coloured laminate tables are matched with a set of black framed cantilever and café style chairs upholstered in a heavy grain mushroom leatherette.
A mesmerising marble design printed to fabric panels runs in repetitions down one side of the restaurant, in front sit a series of deep fluted round banquettes upholstered in a dark racing green leather. Tables in a black and silver chip laminate are wrapped with a brass trim and illuminated by oversized black aluminium pendant lights.
How did the project go?
The project went smoothly to plan on budget and on time.
What was your favourite room or part of the project and why?
Our favourite part of the project is the artwork. Guests enter to a dramatic stairwell with walls covered in a matrix of white, grey and red tiles. A sculptural light formed of paper lanterns fused and bound together spirals down the stair (Shed bespoke) drawing the eye to a striking portrait of a lady (artwork by DAIN and commissioned for Cha Chaan Teng). Printed on wheat paste paper the artwork is crudely plastered directly to the tiles. Black and white in tone with an overlay of paint drips and neon splatterings she watches as guests descend to the main dining space. At the far side of the restaurant a large sister artwork to the portrait on the stairwell is audaciously applied to the undulating surface of the wall. The bright colours and bold confrontation of the artwork gives a punch of attitude to a concept already busting with character.