Opened in Soho at the end of 2017, Mee Market is a new two-storey ‘table and market’ concept from Korean restaurateur Linda Lee, the woman behind such eateries as Koba and On
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Designed by the team at Block1: Design, an independent agency led by Justin Melican and Laura Kiely, the brief for Mee Market was to create a Korean lifestyle and delicatessen with a retail offering and ‘grab-and-go’ food options.

Ready to eat food options include Korean poke rice, Asian stews and hot pots as well as signature dishes from Lee’s other restaurants. Downstairs visitors can explore the retail section, which includes branded homeware, stationery, crockery and an 18-cover dining section.

A crisp, clean Korean aesthetic

“From the outset Linda wanted to offer something different. Based on a clean Korean aesthetic, she wanted a space that was crisp, high end and warm and welcoming. The challenge was working in a space that was previously an external corridor between 2 buildings. Reclaiming disused space in one of the buildings, and adding it to the corridor, allowed us to significantly enhance the usable space”, commented Justin Melican on the concept and challenges of the design.

Solus were delighted to work alongside the design team on the tiling finishes used throughout the project, providing a wide variety of interesting and eye-catching surface solutions.

On the floor, the designers used a combination of different colours and sizes from the Terrazzo range, which is a complex composite stone collection that features distinctive marble and quartz flecks and speckles. 

The terrazzo floor was embellished with striking metallic strips, adding a sense of luxury

The abstract design, which is primarily made up of light shades, is occasionally interspersed with darker tiles and luxurious gold strips. The laying style is similarly unique and unexpected, defying the typical uniformity usually observed in retail environments.

Completing the scheme, two different sized tiles from the rustic Undulate range were applied to the walls in the seating area. The gently rippled surface of these cream tiles provides a shifting reflective texture that makes the space feel light and bright.

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