Mix It Up
Maria Shollenbarger -- Interior Design, 5/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Firms: Steve Leung Architects and Alan Chan Design Company
Site: Hong Kong
Like so much else in Hong Kong, the MX concept—food served up at light speed in mega-kilowatt interiors—is an archetype of the great things that happen when the best of East and West meet and merge. Steve Leung Architects and the Alan Chan Design Company were hired by the local fast-food chain Maxim's to spin off and roll out a restaurant brand that brings together vibrant color and graphics with dim sum and tea. Now one of approximately 60 locations, this one in the Quarry Bay district is a slick, super-clean, dynamic 2,700-square-foot space.
The MX exploding-hearts logo is the dominant motif, repeated on ceramic wall tiles and molded into the backs of the groovy contoured fiberglass chairs and benches. To take the heart idea a step further, Steve Leung and Alan Chan commissioned artwork from emerging talents in Asia, Australia, and Canada and blew up the results to line the sidewalls. This being a major international city, technology is omnipresent, too. Installed in the tops of two tables, mini LCD screens show financial and entertainment reports as well as music videos. And news tickers alert customers when their meals are ready.