“If people have to sit somewhere for two hours, you have to do something that changes. Create something in which visual temptation succeeds. A centerpiece that will make the whole room become alive.” Johannes Torpe.
Johannes Torpe Studios’ aspiration was to design a restaurant that would provide an unforgettable high-end dining experience by uniting Chinese craftsmanship together with a Danish sense of simplicity.
The kitchen resides in the centre of the space, staging the food as the central and most important element of the experience. An LED wall plays video footage of a continuous waterfall as it stands in front of the kitchen. As one intriguingly peaks through the digital curtain, the raw flames created by the chefs become visible, resulting in the combination of fire and water; two key elements of the traditional Chinese Feng Shui ideology.
In addition to the LED waterfall, the restaurant diner may also indulge in a hand-crafted ceiling artwork of 800 square meters painted by a selection of Danish artists, whilst music curated to suit the mood and time of the day plays in the background. Together, these acts of design craftsmanship symbolize South Beauty Taipei’s successful synergy of traditional Chinese and Taiwanese elements with contemporary design.