20 Dec 2019 • Hospitality
To design for the future, think multicultural
Welcome to the world of the multi-hyphenate – you can now eat at a Greek-themed, Hong Kong-based, Russian-designed restaurant by the Moscow-based studio Sundukovy Sisters. Occupying a high-rise building already teeming with galleries, restaurants and bars, the Estiatorio Keia focuses on standing out to pull people in.
As Hong Kong continues to densify, designers innovate to maximize space and presence: in Estiatorio Keia, white walls reflect light from its marine-themed fixtures to signal to street pedestrians. To capitalize fully on its terrace space while remaining to building code, the studio developed sofa seating with built-in plantings-as-handrails.
The interior quite explicitly nods to Greek culture. Server stations are shaped as Greek capitals, and painted wall panels evoke the white, cool blue and sandy beige of a far-off Mediterranean locale. Statement walls reinterpret ancient motifs in mosaic, and olive, lemon and orange trees add touches of greenery throughout the space.
Yet to the sensitive diner, this estiatorio is its own cultural melting pot. The glass partition wall showcases a print by contemporary Russian artist Igor Skaletsky, and the Greek-inspired mosaics are made of Chinese marble. The closed-off VIP room, designed for privacy with its glazed walls and curtains, is a type of space customary to dining in China and Hong Kong.