OPENUU designs vibrant interior for Mean Noodles shop in Hong Kong

OPENUU designs vibrant interior for Mean Noodles shop in Hong Kong

Mean Noodles is a relaxed noodle shop that serves traditional Southeast Asian cuisine with contemporary style. The venue, located in Hong Kong, is run and designed by creative duo Caroline Chou and Kevin Lim from OPENUU.

“As both the design team and chef-owner of the restaurant, Chou and Lim faced the challenge of coming up with a consistent concept from logo, branding, noodle recipes, all the way to the interior and facade. Chou and Lim took their cue for the interior of Mean Noodles from Malaysian Batik, a popular textile art in leaves and floral motifs. The entrance is emphasized with green stainless steel window frames and logo. The vintage metal look and concrete finish allows the noodle shop to blend harmoniously with its surrounding neighborhood. The colors are light and vibrant, with carefully crafted lines and floral patterns on the fabrics. The open kitchen fosters interactions between the customers and the chef, giving diners an opportunity to watch as their food is prepared. The hanging cabinets above the bar have custom “MEAN” lighting to emphasize the attitude and taste of the noodles. The kitchen subway tiles have been finished with green grout, emphasizing the line motif from the dining room. The standing bar across the seating area allows customers to grab a quick bite or an informal happy hour drink. The marble tabletops and marble mosaic tiles compliment the mean green tiles, contrasted with the mustard seat fabric. Mean Noodles also takes advantage of the high ceilings to provide a comfortable and airy atmosphere for diners to enjoy. Customer comfort was also a major consideration in the design process; diners can utilize the USB outlets provided to recharge their electronics when dining, while bags and purses can be hung below the marble tabletops to allow customers to sit comfortably,” says OPENUU

  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Date completed: 2017
  • Size: 750 square feet
  • Design: OPENUU
  • Photos: Nirut Benjabanpot
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Open kitchen
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High table and stools
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Standing bar
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Detail of tiles
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Exterior
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Floorplan