Monday, 04 February 2019 14:08

A secret den

    The TIAGO SELECT restaurant by RAMOPRIMO is mixing European underground references with urban elements referring to contemporary Asian cyberpunk culture.

    The 250m² restaurant is located in the core of the fashion district in Beijing. The space has been conceived as a secret den to discover, where hidden urban sub-cultural events may happen at any time. The design of the space is inspired by cyberpunk imaginary, with neon lighting, metal reflection, iridescence and fluorescent vibrations. Reminiscences of international backgrounds celebrate the European culinary culture in an environment rich of sophisticated references and designed for the youngest generation of Chinese.

    Straight lighting lines are crossing the steel corrugated ceiling, dotted by floating neon signs suggesting possible future destinations. Two large three-dimensional sculptural maps, made of assembled parts of European cities, are defining the main walls on both sides. A semi-transparent mysterious box dominates the space with its surface of perforated aluminium plates, enclosing a detached room with a romantic effect of meteor shower rain-style lighting from above.

    The back wall contains all technical spaces – it is a large and darker surface of regular square tiles enlightened by fluorescent-coloured silicon grout lines. Glowing acrylic lines are framing thin metal plate shelves defining the kitchen’s entrance and functional spaces of a pizza area and cocktail bar.

    Art installations, lighting and furniture have all been specifically designed for the project and custom-made by local craftsmen. Anodised titanium coating has been applied on steel chairs to create vibrant ever-changing reflections based on a rainbow palette of colours. All interior design elements have been further taken as inspiration for the coordinated graphic image of the restaurant – on the menu, videos, business cards and cutlery on the tables, to reinforce the unique feeling of the space and the connections between food and the art of living.

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