Review: Little Creatures Hong Kong

By Penny Craswell

Little Creatures is the latest Hong Kong restaurant by Charlie & Rose, a Hong Kong-based creative studio led by Australian designer Ben McCarthy. The venue is the first Little Creatures outside of Australia and is situated in Kennedy Town, where the cuisines range from seafood to Italian, to Mexican-Japanese fusion, all situated within a stone’s throw of Hong Kong Harbour.

Front facade of Little Creatures Hong Kong by Charlie & Rose. More on The Design Writer blog
Front facade of Little Creatures Hong Kong by Charlie & Rose. Image: supplied

 

Previously a warehouse space, the restaurant interior retains some of the original’s industrial grunge, overlaid with blonde timber joinery, bespoke furniture and some big, decorative red pipes that run through the space. Part of the brief was to create facilities for an on-site brewery and the gleaming metal brewing equipment takes pride of place behind the bar. Read more

Review: Timber crafted bar and sauna by Partisans

By Penny Craswell

Founded in 2011, Partisans is an architecture studio run by Alexander Josephson, Pooya Baktash and Jonathan Friedman in Toronto, Canada. Two recent projects use innovative digital technologies to create beautiful interiors in wood: Bar Raval and Grotto Sauna.

Bar Raval, bar at night. Photo: Jonathan Friedman
Bar Raval, bar at night. Photo: Jonathan Friedman

The brief from Bar Raval’s clients Canadian chef Grant van Gameren and mixologists Mike Webster and Robin Goodfellow, was to create an enduring institution that is also an “art piece”. Partisans developed a highly detailed digital model of the space and then enlisted the help of fabricators MCM and software engineers Mastercam to create prefabricated components, crafted in sinuous lines. Over 9km of engravings on 75 panels of wood created the final bar interior.  Read more

Design writings: a workplace for extroverts too

Design writings: a workplace for extroverts too

“But even extroverts get worn out by the amount of stimulation everyone faces. We’re bombarded with information: according to The Happiness Advantage author Shawn Achor, people receive over 11 million bits of information every second, but the conscious brain can only effectively manage about 40 bits. Our technology allows work to follow us everywhere, even into places like the bedroom and bathroom that used to be non-work sanctuaries.

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“We’re collaborating with teammates for longer stretches of time – sometimes the whole workday – requiring longer hours to handle our individual tasks. Even in countries like France and Germany that have long valued the separation of work and life, our jobs have seeped into nights and weekends. The pace of work has intensified everywhere. Which means that everyone – including extroverts – needs access to private places to get stuff done, or simply take a breather.”

This article in the Harvard Review discusses how Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking has changed how we think about workplace design, and how extroverts need privacy too.

Great article by Steelcase’s Christine Congdon in the Harvard Business Review.