Staging cuisine at Martin No.38

by VIRGINIA LAU on Jun 17, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors
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Theatricality abounds from hanging chairs to dramatic lighting

Reminiscent of the warehouse lofts of New York and London, the recently-opened Martin No.38, situated in the peaceful area off River Valley Road in Singapore, satisfies both urban and suburban needs. A mixed-use complex, locals and residents of the Kerry Hill-designed residences can also take advantage of three stylish new eateries: Australian restaurant Graze, gourmet food store Provisions, and Thai restaurant Kha. 

This is the first time that a residential development in Singapore has handpicked specific brands and services to create a complete living experience tailored to the lifestyle of its residents,” says Simon Cheong, chairman and CEO of SC Global Developments, the developer behind the Martin No.38 site. 

Melbourne-based firm Hecker Guthrie designed the interiors of the three new food outlets with a distinct personality while relating to an overarching theme of theatricality. “The dining experience is the stage; the players are the chefs, wait staff and the food; and orchestrating a meal is the act,” says Hamish Guthrie, director and design director. “In each eatery, this sense of theatricality is expressed in the details – a wall of quirky hand-painted plates in Graze, for instance, or a solemn Buddha statue with dancing tea lights in Kha.”

Read the full story in the July 2011 issue of Perspective magazine!