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Dumpling Chic in Melbourne

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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Aug 11, 2014

In his latest culinary venture, Ruyi Dumpling & Wine Bar , Melbourne restaurateur Sheng Fan wanted a design that's as simple and fresh as the home-style dumplings he specializes in. His mandate for Melbourne architect  Hecker Guthrie  was to  take tradition and turn it on its head. As Fan points out in The Urban List , “Chinese restaurants in the West are still very clichéd and predictable, with the interiors all red, green, and gold.” At Ruyi , earth-based tones update the familiar, while a mix of natural materials and finishes such as plywood, brass fixings, and handmade ceramics lend an entirely contemporary feel.  Photography by Shannon McGrath via Yellow Trace , unless otherwise noted. Above: Polished concrete floors and and pale wood furnishings give the restaurant a pared-down, utilitarian feel. See our primer on Polished Concrete Floors in Remodeling 101 . Above: The traditional strong reds and greens typically seen in Chinese restaurants have been translated into oxblood red Concrete and Wood Pendants  by Thai designer Decha Archjananun and sage green shelving.  Above: Bench seating is fashioned out of plywood wall panels that are held together with polished-brass dovetail joints. Above: Linen and leather cushions provide bench comfort. Note the under-the-seat storage. Above: A brass rail with hooks offers diners an easy place to hang coats. Above: Sculptural  Edizioni Zeus Occasional Tables by Prospero Rasulo are dotted around the dining area. Their porcelainized Gres finish works well with the restaurant's handmade crockery. Above: F ashioned by Melbourne ceramic artist   Andrei Davidoff ,  the stoneware is  on open display for easy access. Above: Natural light filters in through large shop-front windows and is diffused by woven blinds. In 5 Strategies for Covering 50 Windows—for Under a Million Dollars  and Remodeling 101: Simple Roller Blinds , we explore inexpensive window covering options. Above: The restaurant's fare is served in traditional bamboo steamers. Image via The Urban LIst . Above: Two bands of white tiles in two different sizes add texture to the face of the bar. See our  White Tile Pattern Glossary  for more ideas on how to use white tiles.  Above: In the bathroom a circular mirror hangs from a brass rod. The lighting that emanates from behind causes the mirror to glow like the moon, an important symbol in Chinese culture . Above: Potted plants introduce more green, as does the restaurant's clean and simple signage.  Ruyi Dumpling & Wine Bar is in Melbourne's Chinatown. If you're planning a trip to Australia, be sure to consult our  City Guides  for design-worthy destinations. O n Gardenista, have a look at Fowlers Flowers in Melbourne .  For another inventive Chinese canteen, see  On Tap: Beer with Chinese Herbs at Beijing's First Microbrewery . More Stories from Remodelista Bohemia on the Bowery: A Fashion Photographer Couple at Home Get Out of the Heat: Josephine House, in Austin LA Style Lands in Marin County






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