Junk Restaurant

Custom Tiles

Zest Building Design, who specialize in restaurant, café, bar, and retail interiors, were contracted for the new second location for Junk Restaurant. Paying tribute to the modern Asian flavors on the menu, the visual design of the space would need to incorporate colors, lighting, textures, and motifs associated with Southeast Asia.  

Recognizing the pivotal role of acoustics in delivering an unforgettable dining experience, Zest sought an innovative solution that harmoniously merged function and aesthetics. Enter the Acoufelt team of visionary designers and acoustic experts. 

Inspired by the rich cultural tapestry of Southeast Asia, Architect and Interior Designer at Zest, Francisco Letelier, approached Acoufelt for a custom acoustic solution with a three-dimensional “dragon scale” appearance. The series of scales would need to line the upper walls and perimeter of the restaurant’s ceiling, and offer a textured, tessellating aesthetic.  

The solution? Using 12mm Premium Collection ceiling tiles in the color Platinum, Acoufelt first printed with the desired scale shape and pattern, and then bevel-cut between each to give the scales a three-dimensional quality. Panels were then installed side by side, with each edge slightly overlapping, to achieve an authentic, layered look.    

The finished scale panels achieve a minimum Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0.45, acting to both absorb excess sound in the space as well as reduce echo and reverberation. The marriage between carefully curated lighting, transportive interior design, a delectable menu and optimized acoustics will set an incredible atmosphere for restaurant-goers.   

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