Excerpt: The M’Masterhall Fortunepot interior design project by LDH Architectural Design Firm incorporates artistic aesthetics into the commercial space, creates a dining environment with an oriental ambiance, and uses spatial order as a link between people and food. It is inspired by the Manmanhai brand concept. The oriental space aesthetic aims for a handcrafted design that combines items with the natural world and traditional culture.
[Text as submitted by architect] In the present time of inherited food, dining also gradually carries spatial attributes—social, business, banquet, internet-famous site, and other needs. LDH DESIGN draws inspiration and creativity from the Manmanhai brand concept, injects art aesthetics into the commercial space, builds a dining environment with an oriental mood, and uses spatial order as a link between people and food.
In terms of spatial order, “Everything has its own timing, the universe has its own rhythms, the earth has its own energies, and materials have their own beauty; the skilled worker has their own technique.”
The oriental space aesthetic pursues craft design that integrates artefacts with nature and traditional culture. Although the overall space is dominated by a dark style, it is not dull, which comes from the innovation in the structure of the relationship between space and wall. The floor-to-ceiling windows are designed to provide natural light for the interior, and the frequent use of straight lines builds the three-dimensional texture of the space.
There are concave and angular dull black iron walls to enrich the space level, and there are also wall decorations that combine carving and lighting, such as the ancient dragon totem and the pale and powerful ink and reckless wind, which manifest the inner unity of traditional Chinese humanity and nature.
Flow of light and shadow: “Light and shadow flow on ten thousand trees, and the golden light flooding from the surface of the pool is like a golden text.” The design team flexibly used the light chasing technique of point, line, and surface, focusing the golden table with primary light and embellishing details with secondary light. Through the lack of a main light, a dining atmosphere with different shades and sparse details is created. The wine cabinet uses a combination of light strips and glass materials to create a sense of gathering and compactness in the environment, while the mirror also deepens the depth of the space. In this way, the tension of the space autonomously comes out.
A touch of red charm: When it comes to Chinese aesthetics, one cannot get around the classical oriental red. “A touch of red rhymes with a dark fragrance“, Goblets, vases, abstract paintings, and accessories always let people inadvertently notice the design team’s preference for red. The interweaving of red and black is the complement of cold and warm colours, and the combination of motion and static visually conveys a complete and vital impression of space.
The pleasure of nature: The light passing over the paper, like the ink dropping into the water, showing the spirit in a moment. The ancients placed their feelings on the landscape and condensed the scenery into bonsai, full of vitality and interest.
Therefore, even under the large area of dull black texture, the designer can convey the harmonious relationship between humans and nature under the ancient charm of the East through the different forms of plant scenery. The private room is equipped with a tea-tasting area. When everyone has dined and wined to satiety, they can taste tea and leisurely chat, enjoying the pleasure of elegance.
LDH DESIGN expresses the classical oriental aesthetics of the commercial restaurant itself, shaping the character of the space and giving the project an inner unity from the physical to the spiritual. Adhering to the concept of “making valuable design”, the designers let Manmanhai reflect the brand’s value concept in the space, construct a Chinese space in terms of light, colour, shape, and air, inject artistic emotion into the commercial iteration of the construction, create the complimentary value of Chinese dining space, and explore and realise the possibility of combining aesthetic living scenes and public scenes.