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Mr & Mrs Bund by kokaistudios

by Evelyn Choi on Oct 20, 2015 in Interiors
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Internationally acclaimed chef Paul Pairet's flapship Shanghai restaurant Mr & Mrs Bund has undergone a complete redesign by kokaistudios

Chef Pairet sees Mr & Mrs Bund as a "casual dining space that is free from the confines and norms of traditional fine dining." The restaurant's original design, however, was adapted off the previous occupant's and needed an overhaul to align its external identity with its internal one.

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Bespoke lighting by kokaistudios

One of the highlights of the new design is its versatility. Its lighting system can switch between natural daylight for lunch, elegant lighting for dinner, and dynamic lighting for parties. It also has a variety of different dining areas, including a long communal table, a bar, and a lounge area.

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Long communal table in Mr & Mrs Bund

The ceiling is composed of hexagonal tiles, the pillars treated with grey plaster, and the floor redone in a Parisian parquet style: one of the many French motifs incorporated in the design. The walls, for instance, feature boiserie paneling. There is also a theme of early industrialisation present, with chairs, service stations, and communal tables all being composed of traditional handmade cast iron.

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Dining area of Mr & Mrs Bund

The kitchen also had to be redesigned, as it had been built for 80 diners a night, while the restaurant had 160 seats. Alongside the efficiency upgrades, observation windows have also been placed outside the kitchen, allowing customers to see into the inner workings of where their food comes from.

 

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