Mings Dim Sum restaurant at Crown Casino by Red Design Group, Melbourne

August 29th, 2012 by retail design blog

Experimental in concept, Mings Dim Sum is a new gaming and wonton restaurant offer occupying its own exclusive space on Crown’s first floor. Traces of the previous Sante buffet are long gone, except for a wall mural installation by renowned graphic artist, the late David Band.

In keeping with Red Design Group’s philosophy of respecting existing design language was the decision to incorporate the mural into the refit. Framing newly introduced wallpaper and fabric panelling on the lower section of the wall, and repeating the framing around several of Brand’s graphic elements on the upper section – visually instilled a relationship between the two.

The interior design was a collaborative process that acknowledged the specific gaming layouts and associated lighting and security requirements provided by Crown’s expert team. Flooring materials work to functionally separate spaces while still allowing patrons the convenience of seamless transition.

The gaming area’s colourful and bold, large-scale patterned carpet is in keeping with the tradition of a making a statement, but without being stereotypical. Axminster carpet that’s likewise a contemporary reference to the restaurant’s oriental cuisine combines with tiles to define the dining and lounge areas. Richly layered wall treatments and screens such as a host station and tea station, reinforce the idea of separate areas while maintaining visual openness.

Stephen Tieppo Senior Designer for Red Design Group said the while the design is targeted to a particular audience, it exudes authenticity without being formulaic, “It’s a purposeful mishmash with a lot of interesting stuff happening.”

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