Roia

Roia

RB Capital

YEAR: 2024
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 2295 sqft
LOCATION: EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Situated in the historical EJH Corner House, Roia pays homage to the lush greenery and rich heritage in Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Periphery

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Brewerkz Parkland Green

Brewerkz Parkland Green

Brewerkz

YEAR: 2024
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 6000 sqft
LOCATION: East Coast Park

Combining the nostalgia of steam punk with the laid-back vibes of seaside dining.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Periphery

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Ginkyō by Kinki

Ginkyō by Kinki

Commonwealth Concepts

YEAR: 2023
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 2320 sqft
LOCATION: One Holland Village

Inspired by the liveliness and vivacity of Japnese matsuris, Ginkyō by Kinki is a festival for all celebrations.

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Workspace

Workspace

The Bakery Depot

YEAR: 2023
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 1160 sqft
LOCATION: Guoco Midtown

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Periphery
BRANDING: Somewhere Else

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Violet Oon Ion Orchard

Violet Oon Ion Orchard

Violet Oon Singapore

YEAR: 2019
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 2700 sqft
LOCATION: Ion Orchard

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Periphery
BRANDING: Black Design

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North Miznon

North Miznon

Miznon

YEAR: 2021
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 2800 sqft

Designed in collaboration with Yaakov Turjeman (CAA Studio)

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Periphery
BRANDING: North Miznon

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Publico Ristorante

Publico Ristorante

RB Capital

YEAR: 2022
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 1700 sqft
LOCATION: Intercontinental Singapore

Publico Ristorante’s refresh is our modern take on the classical ideals of order and beauty.

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Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Cheeks

YEAR: 2022
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 1700 sqft
LOCATION: Lavender, Singapore

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Periphery
BRANDING: Bravo

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Violet Oon Singapore

Violet Oon Singapore

Violet Oon Singapore

YEAR: 2015-Present
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 1800-2500 sqft
LOCATION: Multiple

From the first restaurant at Bukit Timah to the iconic National Kitchen at the National Gallery Singapore, LAANK has been designing spatial experiences across all Violet Oon Singapore locations and beyond.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Lumina / Studio Periphery
BUILDER: GK Decor / Cubetopia
BRANDING: Black Design

AWARDS:
Perspective Magazine Awards – Best Restaurant
Golden Pin Design – Best Restaurant Design
IDCS DEA – Best Use of Colour
AD&D Awards – Certificate of Excellence

THE BRIEF

Akin to how the kebaya has become synonyms with Singapore Airlines, how do we create a distinctly Singaporean spatial identity for a Peranakan restaurant helmed by culinary doyenne Violet Oon? How do we create spaces for others to experience a taste of Peranakan-Singapore as the brand journeys into the world?

OBSERVATIONS

Violet’s personality was not being reflected in the original space. It’d be more befitting to design it with her character as the main focal and let her personality shine true the space.
It was also imperative to honour the rich customs and culture that inform Violet’s identity and journey as one of Singapore’s leading Peranakan chefs.

APPROACH

With all restaurants being Violet’s namesake, we wanted to prioritise and emphasis Violet’s big and outgoing personality and showcase her Peranakan heritage. Violet’s Chinese name bears the character 玉(yú) which means Jade, and the colour green holds special significance in the Peranakan culture – traditionally symbolising spring and vitality. Serendipitously, Violet’s first ever business in Joo Chiat also had a green door. We designed the spaces to prominently reflect that, weaving it into and bringing vigour to the brand’s personality.

The brand colour, Emerald Green, also reflects Violet’s Chinese name 玉 (yù) which means Jade.

INSPIRATION

We drew inspiration from heritage architectural styles, the rich tapestry of Peranakan customs and tradition and of course the dame herself. The structure of the space references colonial architectural influences, while the interior embodies Violet’s personality. Violet is the hostess with the mostest, always hosting, feeding, entertaining and we echo that into the experience of the space.

Memorabilia and other keepsakes adorn the space, just like how you’d find them at a multigenerational family home. Accolades from the recognition she’s received throughout her culinary career; photos of Violet holding a baguette while rioting in France; photo of a bird Violet gifted by a friend; heirloom recipes from her late grandaunt and much more,  these design touch-points double up as talking points as Violet walks through the space, recounting stories and tales from before.

Tok Panjang – quinessentialy Peranakan long communal tables that form the heartbeat of each family.

“I love cooking things properly; traditionally, with no shortcuts.”
– Violet Oon

A GENTLER IMPACT

Just like how Violet believes in no short-cuts when it comes cooking, we used authentic tiles from demolished Peranakan houses in Penang over the replicas tiles even though it took more time and effort to salvage them.

We were mindful about being considerate and sensitive towards her existing regulars and did not want to create a space that was unrecognisable and alienating. These values guided us in creating a space that pays cultural homage through Violet herself and build a spatial identity that Violet Oon Singapore into global expansion.

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Puzzle Coffee

Puzzle Coffee

Puzzle Coffee

YEAR: 2022
CATEGORY: Dining
SIZE: 1000 SQFT

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Studio Periphery

AWARDS:
2023 IDCS Best in Sustainable Design
2023 IDCS Best F&B Design

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