Nelson Chow’s Interior Was Inspired by Kopitiams

By: Simal Yilmaz - Published: Feb 26, 2013 • References: dezeen
Nelson Chow’s inspiration for the interior design of the Old Street Kobiteh restaurant was the famous 1920s Malaysian coffee shops called ‘kopitiam,’ which gathered people in close proximity table arrangements for communal dining.

Located in the Popcorn shopping mall in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O district, Old Street Kobiteh restaurant consists of an 11-meter long communal table that accommodates 30 units, each decorated with a unique patterned decoration from the Malaysian streetscape.

The rest of the seats are at the bar, creating a fun and incorporated environment for all diners who choose to eat there. Communal dining is an aspect that is long forgotten by most of the individualistic cultures such as that of North America.