Des Plaines, Illinois / United States of America

Mian, an intimate, jewel-like Chinese noodle shop is a world unto itself. The dramatically lit red glass tile walls integrated with custom cast bronze tiles, the quantity and arrangement of (6) globe lanterns and (12) terrazzo floor rings, the finish and patterns of the entry screen, the monolithic wood entry block, and the insertion of Chinese coins into the countertop are all designed in response to feng-shui principles while offering a discrete level of mystery and discovery.

The tiny rectangular space, subdivided in half between an open kitchen concept and dining area, attempts to maximize seating efficiency (16 seats in 130 sf) while maintaining an open-air vibe with exaggerated ceiling heights and centralized flow. In keeping true to feng-shui principles, the design's symmetry and simple formality provides a level of familiarity and spacial comfort while always giving patrons a similar experience. The custom cast bronze screen, derived from Chinese lattice pattern studies, is meant to provide a formal, symmetrical arrangement focusing attention to its' many interlocking, geometric, oil-rubbed finish details.

Mian's many details are subtly interlayed amongst the others, giving meaning to every piece without calling too much attention to any one specifc element.

Architect of Record

Dwayne MacEwen
DMAC Architecture P.C.
831 Chicago Ave
STE 100
Evanston, Illinois 60202
Phone: 1-847-905-0944
Fax: 1-847-905-0943

General Contractor

Eric Bullion
Pepper Construction
643 North Orleans
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 1-312-266-4700
Fax: 1-312-266-2792

Consultant 1

Mark Borus
Illuminating Concepts
30733 West 10 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48336
Phone: 1-248-478-2525
Fax: 1-248-561-4438

Consultant 2

Beth Kuczera
Equipment Dynamics Inc.
220 West Huron
Suite #6000
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 1-312-664-2900
Fax: 1-312-664-0566


Jeremy Nye

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