Dim Sum Chic

Dim Sum Chic

Dim Sum Chic: the elements of a design language.

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to dine on some dim sum in Chinatown, you know what a jolt the experience can be. We’re not just talking about the fragrant smell of steamed buns - we mean the riot of color, the sea of carpet and the layers of lighting that inundate your senses. Each restaurant has it’s own take, but we are convinced there is a bona fide design language at work here. Here’s our interpretation:

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Riot of color: Pink, red, gold, burgundy, green and a splash of blue - color palettes that you won’t see in traditional design - come together in a jarring blend. These combinations bring total joy and energy to the dim sum experience. 

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Layer cake cove lighting: cheap, colored LED lights are the top choice here, and where there’s a cove light, its always best to top it off with another concentric cove light above. Even better is when there’s a chandelier in the center to really take it over the top.

Big moves: Whether it’s a giant gold dragon crest or a row of jeweled animal totems, each restaurant makes its mark with its own statement piece.

Sea of carpet: If you know anything about food operations, you’ll understand that a huge ballroom with hot, steamy, mobile food is no place for carpet. But no self-respecting dim sum palace would go without it and personally we want to thank them for this nod to old world grandeur.

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