Hong Kong – Located off the side streets of Shueng Wan district, Mean Noodles is the latest hospitality project by OpenUU. Designers Caroline Chou and Kevin Lim are also the chef/owners of the restaurant; the challenge was to create a consistent concept from the logo, branding and recipes, all the way to the interiors and façades. The name is a play on the phrase ‘having a mean bowl of noodles’. At the same time, ‘mean’ also sounds like ‘noodles’ in Chinese. This etymological inspiration extends to the cool and contemporary vibe of the interiors.
With specific colours and patterns in mind, the team used vibrant textiles and custom lighting that pulls together Mean Noodle’s strong brand image. The design cue for the interior stems from Malaysian batik, a popular textile art with lush leaves and floral motifs. Marble table tops and mosaic tiles complement the exuberance of the green tiles.