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

Omakase, Shanghai – China

Whether a kaiseki cuisine is attractive is just determined at the moment when one entering the door.
Inspired by the love story of Sakura rain, the design of Omakase erased the sadness of story without a trace. It broke some preconceived traditional ideas and challenged the widely accepted standard of behavior.

Started with the design concept of Sakura and dew, the Sakura petals and dewdrops are combined in the glass partition in a creative way, achieving a virtual-real synthesis and crystal-clear decorative effects.

At the same time, the boundless pink Sakura is in contrast with the golden Tatami room, as if one entered a Sakura labyrinth. With the dynamic lighting, the blooming Sakura and exquisitely carved dewdrops make a feast of Sakura. Such a poetic environment seized the heart of a maiden.

The entire space is just like a freehand brushwork painting, in which every diner becomes a part of the scenery. While enjoying the food, who will not be pleasant and contented in the beauty?

There’s sunset which never falls, and there’s Sakura rain which never ends. The pink Sakura rain all over the sky is the most beautiful and romantic word. Come here together with your beloved one, and love in the fascinating Sakura rain.

Life is more than just living, there are still romantic times and pink dreams.

Credit Pics @ Boris Shiu
Architect:  Shanghai Hip-pop Design Team

Xuhui District, Tianping Rd, 320弄22号1-2层, Shanghai, China

T8, Shanghai – China

Voted one of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants, T8 moved from a lane house to a new mall location in Central Shanghai.

The design challenge was to retain the warmth and heritage of the original T8 space while expanding the restaurants appeal to a younger, more fashion conscious customer.

Intelligent repurposing of the original fixtures and finishes, combined with an innovative lighting design and integrated terraced solution, results in a venue which offers a dining experience in a space which is both familiar and fresh.

Credit Pics @ Seth Powers Photography

168 Hubin Road, Hubindao II, 3/F Room W08-W10, near Jinan Road, Shanghai 200021 China
Phone: +86 21 6355 8999

Logan’s Punch, Shanghai – China

Logan’s Punch is the first bar in Shanghai to serve punch as its feature drink. The word “punch” originates from Sanskrit word panch, meaning “five,” since the drink was originally made with just five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.  Brought from India to England by seamen and employees of the British East India Company, punch evolved from homebrewed recipes in the 15th century, to becoming a popular sailor’s drink in the 17th and 18th centuries, and has since then been elevated yet further to be served at elite social events. Due perhaps to the nature of its preparation in a shared vessel, what has remained constant throughout time is the communal aspect of punch-drinking. Logan’s Punch bar itself can be likened to the punch bowl, overflowing with a mélange of characters and conversation, a dash of conviviality and intrigue, and of course, a sprinkling of that special secret ingredient.

Design for this spaces takes inspiration from the social quality of the bar’s namesake, but interprets it twofold, reminding guests of the drink’s multiple origins, harkening simultaneously to both low-brow and high-brow cultural references. Crossing the threshold of a collaged gate of metal, wood and glass, one enters into a narrow passage. This entry corridor is envisioned as an alleyway, not unlike those that define Shanghai’s old urban fabric—an exhilarated blurring of public and private spaces and an intersection of communal and domestic activities.

In Logan’s Punch the alley defines not only the access but also the separation between these two contrasting aspects: the grand hall on the left is an open and sumptuously draped enclosure featuring the main bar, while the series of alley rooms on the right are mysterious and strangely intimate pockets of space for smaller gatherings.

The alley rooms arranged collinearly along the corridor appear as if cut sectionally along one side, forming picture windows that frame and unveil the intimate ongoings within each room. Timber framing mimics the construction of traditional houses, while decorative elements—custom designed wallpaper, framed graphics, and found objects—contribute to sense of nostalgia and humble domesticity.

The restrooms at the end of the corridor feature a solid concrete sink that is modeled after those frequently found in Shanghai alleyways for communal use, a tribute to the fast-disappearing vibrancy of traditional lane house living.

Contrasted with the darker, more intimate spaces of the alley, the public hall on the opposite side celebrates punch-drinking as a glamorous and sophisticated affair. The space is framed by delicate brass metal structures and draped copper mesh, creating a permeable sense of enclosure, while forming the main apparatus for attaching a variety of embellishments—green glass pendant lights on pulleys, shelving for bottles and display, hooks for glassware. These along with the leather wrapped banquettes and wide oak floorboards add to the overall sense of warmth and charm. Strategically placed mirrors, glass and reflective surfaces build intrigue and theatricality, allowing unexpected views and moments of surprise and delight.

Intricate yet playful, Logan’s Punch embraces the whimsical nature of its feature drink.

Credit Pics @ Dirk Weiblen
Architect and description: Neri&Hu

Logan’s Punch
479 Wuding Road (9122,59 km) 20003 Shanghai Cina
Telefono: +86 21 6248 5928

Bar Rouge, Shanghai – China

Bar Rouge is a Shanghai’s legendary nightlight landmark. Occupying the top floor of the Bund 18 building, the UNESCO awarded heritage building, Bar Rouge over its first 10 years of operation established an international reputation as China’s most famous club playing host to some of the world’s highest profile celebrities, artists and musicians.

Drawing inspiration from a mix of Chinese and European, modern and traditional influences, the new interior creates an unique environment at the leading edge of global hospitality, taking the cul-ture of modern clubbing and fusing it with Asian hospitality and service.

The Client’s dream was to return Bar Rouge to the glamour and spirit of the original venue – a mystic, imaginary Shanghai combined with the highest international levels of vibrancy, music, and service – but adapted to the needs of the environment of today.

An identity built around an imaginary Shanghai Lady 10 years later – more refined; more sophisticated; and as always charming and sexy. Designers reimagines Bar Rouge as a fashion show, where guests criss-cross between the experience of front- and backstage of the red carpet.

All the decorative elements at Bar Rouge draw strong inspiration from the spirit of the catwalk, such as the flashbulb LED wall at the entrance, the series of bespoke sparkling director chairs, and the iconic Fortuny lamps hung as lighting umbrellas above the central red bar.

The venue provides a range of open, semi-private and private spaces to cater for the public, discrete groups and larger private parties. From the central, vibrant bar to the surrounding lounge areas inspired by traditional Chinese boxes and beds, and open terrace overlooking the breath taking view of the Bund and the Pudong skyline, the venue encourages voyeuristic glimpses and chance encounters.

It is the place to see and be seen, or simply a to sit back and “enjoy the runway show” against a backdrop of provocative imagery.

Credit Pics @ Charlie Xia
Architect and description: KOKAISTUDIOS

Bar Rouge
Cina, Shanghai Shi, 黄浦区 Nan Jing Dong Lu, 中山东一路18号 China
Telefono: +86 21 6339 1199

Popeyes, Shanghai – China

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen ha inaugurato il suo primo punto vendita in Cina, nel centro finanziario di Shanghai.
Un bellissimo messaggio, proprio in questo momento di difficoltà per il retail e la ristorazione in particolare.

Per chi non lo conoscesse si tratta di un concept fast food che propone un menù a base di pollo (ma non solo) di ispirazione Cajun, fondato a New Orleans nel 1972 e che conta più di 3.000 ristoranti in oltre 25 paesi del mondo, secondo per numero, tra le catene che hanno il pollo come prodotto principale, solo a KFC.

L’obiettivo, ambizioso, è di aprire 1.500 ristoranti in Cina nel prossimo decennio grazie alla partnership con TFI, che già gestisce 1.300 Burger King nel Paese, da parte della proprietà di Popeye che è Restaurant Brands International Inc., holding multinazionale canadese di QSR, a sua volta partecipata in maggioranza dalla società di investimento brasiliana 3G Capital,  e proprietaria anche di Burger King e Tim Hortons, nonchè  quinto operatore di ristoranti fast food nel mondo dietro Subway , McDonald’s , Starbucks e Yum ( KFC ,Pizza Hut , Taco Bell ).


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
566 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Chengdu Nan Lu 淮海中路566号, 近成都南路 China


Situato a Jing’an, Shanghai, su una strada alberata, Tribeca è un pub gastronomico di stile newyorkese ma il cui interno, di soli 90 mq, ha una leggerezza e una freschezza che lo differenzia dal classico ambiente in stile industriale.

Il guscio di cemento contrasta con il banco bar centrale che è in legno così come la pavimentazione; gli specchi a parete aumentano il senso di profondità e l’illuminazione dell’ambiente.

Le murature di cemento sono rivestite da giocosi disegni grafici, che fanno riferimento al ruggente scenario bar della New York degli anni ’20, e diffondono un senso di voyeurismo e allegria.

Pareti bianche perimetrano lo spazio estendendosi fino all’esterno dove incorniciano l’ingresso e la bella terrazza in legno.

Credit pics @ Dirk Weiblen
Architect: Linehouse


Genshang è una boutique del tè nel centro di Shanghai.

Un posto in cui il tempo fluisce lento in contrasto con la vita frenetica quotidiana.

Il locale con le sue vetrine incorniciate dal rame nei toni rose gold, si affaccia sul 1 ° piano di un complesso commerciale.

Una sequenza delicata conduce dall’ingresso, al lungo banco del tea bar, alla sala da pranzo fino alla sala lounge.

Il lungo bancone di marmo con l’appoggio in legno massello chiaro, che occupa quasi tutta la lunghezza dello spazio, serve tè cinese durante il giorno e cocktail nelle ore serali.

Sopra il bancone, corpi illuminanti di rame, mentre alle sue spalle l’irregolarità della parete produce riflessi sempre variabili della luce naturale.

La sala da pranzo principale è alta poco meno di cinque metri, con soffitto a vista, e ciò amplifica il senso di pulizia e leggerezza di un ambiente che trova nel bianco il suo tono caratterizzante.

La sala lounge con soffitto a volta si trova nel punto più lontano dall’ingresso principale, e quindi è l’angolo più riservato e tranquillo: una porta a soffietto può separare completamente questo ambiente dal resto in occasione di riunioni, eventi e feste private.

Uno spazio multitasking, flagship store del marchio di lifestyle Genshang, che celebra la propria identità nel mix tra somministrazione, negozio di abbigliamento e articoli per la casa, che trovano spazio dietro all’area adibita a ristorante. L’idea non è una novità, ma l’esecuzione è brillante.

Credit pics @ Alessandro Wang
Architect: Office Coastline

艮上 1/F, Zhonghai Huanyuhui, 355 Jianguo Dong Lu, near Madang Lu 建国东路355号中海环宇荟1楼,近马当路
Telefono: +86 21 6333 5266

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