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Don Don Tei

Finalist

Competition: Spark:Space
Designer: Steve Leung - Founder and Chairman
Design Type: Restaurants
Company / Organization / School: Steve Leung Designers Ltd.

The first outlet of Don Don Tei in Hong Kong showcased the essence of Japanese tradition through original design elements, furniture and lighting using a contemporary design language. The designer demonstrates the Japanese aesthetic of simplicity and hand-crafted joinery by reinterpreting the traditional Japanese ‘Tei’ pavilion in a contemporary manner, providing a central feature under which guests can enjoy an authentic dining experience. To anchor the design theme, guests are greeted by a wooden sliding door at the main entrance, following the traditional style found in Japanese restaurants. The Shoji, a Japanese movable screen, is designed to separate the space into main dining area and bench seating areas (banquettes). Banquette areas are located on the left and right sides of the main dining area. The custom-made tan benches, pale timber and the decorative pendant lights create a playful space. To the left the wall is decorated with black-and-white streetscape images, referencing different aspects of Japanese life. The opposing wall dressed in Hinoki wood carved in a subtle layered pattern. There are built-in storage compartments designed under the tabletop of the dining tables which allow for chopsticks and condiments to be stored, delivering a functional addition.