Kki Sweets
Kki Sweets
Singapore, 2020

Kki Sweets is a dessert restaurant that offers beautifully handcrafted confectioneries. The new store was designed to echo and facilitate the latest evolution of the brand. While retaining their original passion for craft, culture, and community, the current design propels these concepts further.


Not only is there a shift to full table service, but there is also an aspiration to encompass showmanship as an extension of their dessert-making craft.

Two architectural devices were brought together in order to achieve this; the communal table and the stage. Both these elements exist in our common vocabulary and bring with them certain assumptions.

However, the unorthodox positioning of the two together signals to the patron to leave any preconceived ideas of past dining experiences at the door. The result is a singular white table, spanning the length of the space. The thin-edged surface transitions from a plating station in the kitchen to the tea bar and finally, tapering out-wide, the dining area.
Holes in the table at the seating-end allow for potted plants to pierce through as well as for images to be projected overhead onto a folded roof-like structure

Kki Sweets
Kki Sweets

Kki Sweets is a dessert restaurant that offers beautifully handcrafted confectioneries. The new store was designed to echo and facilitate the latest evolution of the brand. While retaining their original passion for craft, culture, and community, the current design propels these concepts further. Not only is there a shift to full table service, but there is also an aspiration to encompass showmanship as an extension of their dessert-making craft.

Kki Sweets
Kki Sweets

Two architectural devices were brought together in order to achieve this; the communal table and the stage. Both these elements exist in our common vocabulary and bring with them certain assumptions.

The Communal Table
The Communal Table

The dimensions of the table were derived directly from the long trapezoidal site. All practical requirements like kitchen equipment and storage are pushed to the two lengths of the space. The shape of the table is offset from this functional line with the allowance for circulation. This results in an efficient plan with the kitchen and dining dividing the space cross-wise into two, while achieving the maximum table size possible.

The Communal Table
The Communal Table

The conversation has always been a key part of the atmosphere at Kki. This table borrows from a rich history, harking back to the first coffee houses in London during the 17th century. These were animated places that had a huge influence on culture, where ideas were conceived and spread. The layout played a crucial role in fostering this. Almost always there would be a large table in the middle of the room where one would come and take whatever seat was available and talk to whoever was there.

Kki Sweets
Kki Sweets

Borrowing this model of sociability in Kki, the table was made large enough such that there can be intimacy with adjacent customers but if needed, privacy from groups across the table.