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Project: "ROYAL CHINA RESTAURANT"
Company:Ministry of Design Pte Ltd
Designer(s): Colin Seah, Kevin Leong, Chong Xiaoran, Dennis Cheok, Singapore
Category: Interior Design, Professional
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Entry Description: Restaurants that are well designed are not merely places to eat one’s fill, but are environments that mirror the fine cuisine served, thus heightening the sensations enjoyed by the palate. For the Singapore franchise of the famed London-based Royal China restaurant, Ministry of Design has created just such an environment. Situated in the colonial Raffles Hotel, our design calls for two interventions. The first is a choreographed transition between the whitewashed arcade of the historic hotel setting and MOD’s contemporary dining hall within. Inspired by the organic qualities of the graphic wave synonymous with the restaurant’s logo, this transition is both visually and spatially wave-like. Once inside the main restaurant hall, the second intervention, a dramatic 6m-vaulted ceiling commands a strong visual axis, along which a line of tables are ceremoniously set. Drawing from Chinese Brocade, dining nooks and private dining rooms feature quilted artwork, curtains and wood paneling inspired by the richness of its coloured embroidery. Blending both traditional and modern aesthetics, MOD has also custom-designed the ‘double happiness’ chair for the restaurant, tailored menus + signage to complement the spatial design as well as collaborated with rising-star fashion designer Nic Wong of Nicholas on the uniform design.

About the Designer/Company
Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to question convention and redefine the spaces, forms and experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world. MOD’s explorations are created amidst a democratic studio-like’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space. At MOD, we provide our clients services that transcend mere design skill sets or technical prowess. We prefer to start far upstream and instead of merely designing solutions, we design holistic experiences. The resultant design thinking then translates into a wide variety of possible downstream design applications and media: be it architecture, product design, interior architecture, branding, graphics, landscape or even the weaving of diverse disciplines into a single project. We love to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and then to disturb the ways they are created or perceived – redefining the world around us in relevant and innovative ways, project by project. This, we declare, is real change, not change for the sake of novelty. Fortified with these aspirations, we begin each distinct project anew by seeking to do 2 things – to draw deeply from the context surrounding each project, but also to dream freely so that we might transcend mere reality and convention. Each MOD project endeavours to be delightfully surprising but yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing. Headquartered in Singapore and with offices in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, MOD was declared a "Rising Star of Architecture" by the Monocle Singapore Survey 2010 and "Designer of the Year" by the International Design Awards, USA 2010. Our recent portfolio includes Vanke Qingdao Plaza, Ascendas Guangzhou Knowledge City, award-winning Vanke Triple V Gallery & UOL Edge Gallery (World Architecture Festival 2012), Tangs Flagship Store and Macalister Mansion hotel (Best Luxury Hotel at Gold Key NYC 2013).