Goodthai, Shanghai – China

Goodthai is a contemporary Thai restaurant located in heart of Shanghai city. The concept for the restaurant depicts the story of a mystical Apsara dancer, a celestial nymph of exceptional beauty, that seduces and charms. She is a supernatural creature, a female spirit of the clouds and waters of Thai Hindu culture. Mystical and allusive, the dancer is often draped in beautiful silk costumes whilst donning the most flamboyant golden headdresses with intricate embellishments reflective of the wealth and prosperity of the Thai empires as she dances in the royal palaces to entertain and seduce the gods and men.
The design of the eatery draws from the silhouettes of the Apsara dance movements, translating this sense of rhythm into a contemporary architectural experience that evokes fluidity and motion whilst celebrating the intrinsic Thai culture and aesthetics with majestic materiality, motifs, and detailing.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the warmth glow of the onyx clad façade that glistens like a lantern. Intricate bronze screens that frame the exterior windows are inspired by the ‘Bua’, or commonly known as the lotus flower, an auspicious symbol that is believed to bring good fortune in Thai culture.
The main dining hall of the restaurant is an abstract interpretation of the royal costumes donned by the Apsara dancer. The spherical motifs of the headdress serves as the main inspiration for the sculptured ceiling that appears to curve and weave endlessly above the dining area. The sweeping curvilinear motion of the gold mesh mimics the dynamic hand movements of the dancer as she appears to be gracefully performing above, articulating the silhouettes of her fingers and hand gestures.
The dining area is clad in dark timber finishes, accentuated with tones of navy blue, orange, and gold upholstery inspired by the ‘Pha Nuang’, a pleated silk brocade that is worn by the dancer. A composition of brass furniture and metallic detailing reflect the decorative accessories and gold-colored copper ornaments found on the collars and wrists of the dancer.
Past the dining hall, two brass archways informed by the ornate triangular roof profiles of traditional Thai temples lead guests into the private dining area. The intimate rooms are divided by brass metallic screens with intricate patterns inspired by the metallic threads of Thai silk embroidery. A dark walnut timber palette allows the focus to fall on the bespoke gold mesh chandelier cascading down from the centre of the ceiling.
A row of sweeping vertical brass slats flow outwards from the main dining hall to the outdoor dining area as the overall material palette transition into a lighter tone with sofas of light blue upholstery, rattan chairs and turquoise tiles.

Photo credits: Min Chen Xuan
Design and description: Spacemen

Gelatoscopio, Mexico City – Mexico

Gelatoscopio is a Mexican ice cream shop inspired by the search for the most fun and authentic way to connect with our emotions, in order to discover a fantastic reality through flavors, textures and aromas that transport us to memorable moments. Created by a team of dessert and design lovers, it seeks to become a referent through a delicious, unique and different experience for everyone.
Gelatoscopio is a utopian scenario, inspired by the fantastic machines that were and still are the imaginary of a romantic future. The materiality responds to objects and ships of an industrial character where metallic materials and bright finishes are used. The object is a composition constructed through lenses that dialogue with the context: they observe, deform and distort it, definitively altering the relation of the senses with the product. The “lenses” are composed of various mechanisms: magnifying glasses, kaleidoscopes, mirrors and lighting.

Photo credits: Edward Way and Jaime Navarro
Design: Esrawe Studio and Cadena Asociados

Gelatoscopio
Vasco de Quiroga 3800, Lomas de Vista Hermosa, 01509 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Messico
Phone: +52 55 5086 6959

Atrium, Atlanta – USA

Atrium, by Oliva Restaurant Group, welcomes guests to escape to a different time and place when they enter the cozy lounge ensconced by colorful curtains with comfortable seating. To the left, a 1,200-square-foot parlor area complete with hand-painted tile by local artisan Charlotte Smith and a mural by Savannah-based artist Kipper Millsap. Inside the 4,000-square-foot bistro, diners are transported to an airy, serene wonderland with large factory windows, floral installations by Atlanta-based floral artist Pinker Times, and large pink banquettes.

Photo credits: Angie Webb
Design: Smith Hanes Studio

Atrium
Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave Suite NE-158, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA
Phone: +1 404-600-3939

Casa Dani, New York – USA

Casa Dani is one of Citizen New York’s two feature, fine-dining restaurants. Dani García is one of Spain’s most renowned chefs, having received 3 Michelin stars, among other accolades. In this new restaurant, Chef García’s culinary style is based on contrasts and tradition and he mixes worldly flavors, textures, and even temperatures without losing sight of his culinary roots.
As the name suggests, Casa Dani is an invitation into Chef García’s culinary home, inspired by Spain’s Mediterranean south.
Guests are taken on a progressive journey that leads from a series of smaller, more intimate spaces into the restaurant’s showcase: A grand, double-height sunken dining room, where the proportions and feel are reflective of the traditional open-air Spanish central courtyard.

Located within a 17-story office building at Manhattan West— the ambitious new development between Hudson Yards and Penn Station—Citizens New York is a dining and drinking complex with 12 fast-casual concepts by internationally renowned chefs, two full-service restaurants (Casa Dani and Katsuya) and multiple bars.

Photo credits: Nikolas Koenig
Design and description: Rockwell Group

Casa Dani
448 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Phone: +1 212-785-0352

Sugar Rush, Bangkok – Thailand

You may be tempted to lick the walls inside the Victory Monument mall where a candy-colored zone, the Sugar Rush zone, hausing almost a dozen dessert cafes and bakeries, was unveiled on 1 October.
The artwork skillfully sways between a balanced musicality and choreography between the physical space and light. Like a musical score, with its high and low notes, its flat and sharp tones, its rhythm variations and silences. It shows how an interior space can be completely reinvented and revealed in the form of a parallel universe which unveils the way light interacts with space, shapes, dimensions and proportions, by generating shadows or highlights, colors, contrasts, illuminance and intensities : all these factors combined blur the line between reality and illusion. A theoretical cosmogony and surreal fauvist landscape revealing a sense of liveliness and gaiety along with depth and a profound meaning beyond the merely functional purpose of a place.

Photo credits: Matteo Messervy/Teaw Taephune
Photo editing: Marco Beolchi
Design (Interior & Lighting): Matteo Messervy

Sugar Rush
5, 15 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Phone: +66 86 341 0740

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