融(一號店) Rong Restaurant
The classical Chinese cuisine in China, the designer Lee Hsuheng , instead of creating a resplendent and magnificent feel as typical designs for Chinese restaurant do, applies another important characteristic of the Chinese culture --- harmony to decorate this place. With a modern but abstract design method, the designer hopes that, when guests are passing through this restaurant, they are also wandering at a library where all kinds of thoughts meet and harmoniously coexist, enjoying the elegant cultural atmosphere.
Stepping down the staircase, a traditional Chinese bronze door, lit by the soft lights, gives a Buddhist mood and sends a message of welcome to customers. Entering this door, you’ll experience a corridor where you can find a big desk piling up various kinds of books. At the end of this corridor, you will find the wall in front of you is a miniature of the Blue Dougong (a system of brackets inserted between the top of a column and a crossbeam from Yongzuosi Temple in Taiyuan, one of classical Chinese architecture), showing the theme of the restaurant. Coupled by the glass screens, which are painted with book shelves and thus create a sense of knowledge and transparent, making you feel standing in the imperial library of the Forbidden City. When lanterns on the roof are lit, it comes to you a sense of being in a pleasant and elegant environment.
Going out this corridor and turning right, you are stepping in the fashionable but traditional private dining room areas. Round tables, curved sofas, wooden chairs and shelves altogether present a traditional Chinese environment, making it possible for diners to have meals with friends in a peaceful and tranquil environment.
In the main dining area, the various types of avant-garde Chinese floor lamps, after the arrangement of layout by the designer, show different reflections on the traditional bronze sculpture ceiling. This does not only present the elegant traditional Chinese culture, but also create unique modernity. China-blue backrest cushion, blue carpet that echoes the ceiling, sporadically arranged Chinese Dougong, elegant furniture and artificial ancient Chinese books constitute a graceful and decent dining space showing the Chinese culture.