Dumpling Lab Restaurant Design
Located in the heart of Calgary’s Chinatown, is a unique restaurant design, the Dumpling Lab. This specialized dumpling eatery, dubs their restaurant as “a world of dumplings”. The restaurant is aimed to “recreate the history and dynamics of dumplings from around the world”. As dumplings are found in every type of cuisine, and the Dumpling Lab’s menu was curated to recognize dumplings from every culture. Resulting in each dish representing a different culture. Dumplings range from mango and shrimp, to pot stickers with chicken, corn and pine nut. Each dumpling is made in house, by hand and from scratch.
The restaurants interior follows the made from scratch motif, influencing its design concept heavily. In addition, its interiors are Asian inspired, modern and fresh, throughout the entire space. The restaurant follows a black and white palette, with a pop of white oak throughout. Upon entering the Dumpling Lab, you are greeted with white oak custom doors. In addition to the 1” mosaic hex tiles are placed above. With the restaurant’s logo in black, giving you a sample of what’s in store inside.
Black and White
The black and white palette is the foundation of this restaurant’s design. Its white walls give the space an open and airy vibe. A feature wall pays tribute to the restaurant’s Asian inspired concept. In addition, the feature wall art gives the minimalistic walls a unique twist. By the same token, the Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo Quartz marble counter, also give the white tones of the eatery more flavour. Effectively contrasting with the white oak. On the other hand, the black seats and charcoal hardwood porcelain tile flooring contributes to the darker hues to the black and white palette.
The customized white oak placed throughout the restaurant design acts as an eye-catching element. This results in giving the modern and minimalistic design of the space a hint of distinctiveness. In addition to the custom doors, the space also contains white oak custom pick up and eating bars. These spaces allow fluidity throughout the restaurant, as dumpling makers and eaters share similar places to enjoy and share their unified love of dumplings!
Written by: Tatiana Biasco
Interior Design: Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design
Photography: Lindsay Nichols Photography