14-year-old Chinese dining institution, David’s in Prahran has recently undergone a coming of age, stripping away the drab interiors to reveal a fresh, inspiring setting for this celebrated Shanghai eatery.
The brief from the owner, David Zhou was to create a space with a ‘homely, country Shanghai feel’ in a throwback to his childhood and early days as a Tea warehouse operator.
Designed by interior architects, Hecker Guthrie, the restaurant had a strict timeframe in mind for the redesign, providing some challenging constraints which precluded any major interior construction works.
Instead, the team at Hecker Guthrie rid the space of its former décor to expose the building’s ‘good bones’ and used painted pine, exposed brickwork and concrete to evoke the feeling of stepping inside a Shanghai warehouse.
The existing furniture was revamped for a white-on-white look with some key pastel colour pops and beautiful design features including rusted barrels, stacked antique wooden tables and paper lanterns from French-born designer, Arik Levy.
Juxtaposed with the Art Deco-era exterior, the new David’s is fresh and inviting, providing the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy the beautiful food.