Zhao Ming Chen Shi is a tiny store selling the traditional Chinese street food Baozi. The concept is to transform a Baozi store into an experimental Baozi laboratory. Entering into ZHAO MING CHEN SHI, you will be greeted by the sculptural white granite on a stylish shape, the logo inspired by Weibei, as well as the steam and the aroma of Baozi. To make the best use of the 18sqm space, the kitchen counter served as a partition pivots 10 degrees to enlarge and divide the space, holding the cashier, Baozi display, product shelving and food preparation. The customers could observe the handcrafted Baozi production through the opening with a height of 500 millimeters starting from 850 millimeters high. The wall above the opening hides the face of the staff, weaken the process of selling. Both the opening and the 2700k warm spot lighting make the platform like a stage, where the staff is the cast, the making process is a performance.
The color motif of the space is the combination of red and white, that red is the Chinese traditional symbol and white is the color of Chinese traditional steam bread. The whole space has a warm material palette, including red bricks with rough texture, dark red granite with polished surface and several types of warm white textural art paint walls, that brings contrast and creates a cosy and hospitable feel. The interiors at Zhao Ming Chen Shi exudes glamour, giving a nod to the aesthetic in 1970s-1980s China.