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  • client Chef Hooni Kim
  • location Queens, New York
  • status Completed 2022
  • photographer Jason Varney
  • area 696 sq ft

Through a door in the back of Little Banchan shop, a pastel hallway leads to Meju, the private tasting room led by Michelin Chef and owner Hooni Kim. The CRÈME team took inspiration from the meju fermentation process, essential to producing the jangs, sauces, and pastes that serve as the foundational flavor in Korean cuisine. This process is reflected in the layers of chandelier rings and rods, as well as the rustic wall tiles and round shelves. Enhancing the atmosphere, CRÈME incorporated antique brass and dark walnut throughout. Vertical trims and a circular antique mirror inspired by old castle windows open the space, allowing for guests to see Meju from various angles.


Meju + Little Banchan are winners of the 2023 Hospitality Design Project Awards for Hybrid Hospitality.

Meju was a finalist in the 2023 NYCxDesign Awards.

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