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28 May 2010

Hatched by Outofstock

Design collective Outofstock have completed the interiors for a restaurant in Singapore, where the windows are covered by wooden panels with egg-shaped cutouts.

Called Hatched, the restaurant is divided into two dining areas, a central one with long communal tables and individual tables in front of a large blackboard.

Wood features throughout the space, with a wooden bar facade made of three different types of wood and matching stools.

The space is located in an old student dormitory next to a university campus and can accommodate up to 38 diners.

The play with natural light is a key ingredient which characterises the space and we designed oak veneered panels with egg-shaped cut outs to filter light in from street-facing glass windows. These “egg panels” also serve as an identifiable frontage for the restaurant.

The use of guava tree branch off-cuts sleeved over bulb holders adds a tinge of farmhouse charm and all the exposed light bulbs are connected to dimmers so as to regulate the brightness needed during the day and night.

Although there has been much phasing-out efforts of incandescent light bulbs in recent years, the rich, warm glow and character of near obsolete carbon filament bulbs we found at a specialty bulb supplier was difficult to resist. We chose to expose the original concrete ceiling of this historical building and highlighted its textural qualities with lighting.

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