Keong Saik Snacks by Makemei

Owners of Makemei, Singaporean/Chilean designer Talenia Phua Gajardo and Dutch Architect Camiel Weijenberg.


Multidisciplinary design firm Makemei may have started out only two years ago, but it already has a handful of bespoke furniture designs as well as commercial and residential interior projects to its name. 

Impressed by their first restaurant project, The Corner Room in East London, celebrity chef Jason Antherton called upon Makemei to design the new eatery he was opening in Singapore.

Working with celebrity chef Jason Atherton and local hotelier/restaurateur Loh Lik Peng, Makemei created a laidback setting for Keong Saik Snacks (pictured above). The British-inspired bistro included a customised a bar set with a copper-clad countertop, complementary lamps and stools, rusticated mesh shelves, and an unplastered pillar. It took three months to complete – Camiel shares that the process was really enjoyable despite it being a time-strapped project due to the “very trusting working relationship” they all enjoyed.

Encompassing architecture, interiors, furniture, as well as sourcing services, Makemei is proud to be able to design a space in its entirety. “Instead of designing a shell and then passing it on to someone else, we like to customise as much as possible,” says Talenia.


Keong Saik Snacks is located at 49 Keong Saik Road, tel: 6221-8338; Makemei is situated at 43B Keong Saik Road, tel: 8130-1041.