André Fu: Yu Yuan Restaurant
Posted on 15 January 2017
The mesmerising designs of the Yu Yuan restaurant in Seoul have been created by André Fu and his design studio, AFSO. These luxurious contemporary designs are inspired by Chinese tradition, embracing fine detail, opulent finishes and rich colours. This acknowledgement of traditional values has been set against a backdrop of green lacquer and characterful marble stone, creating an unforgettable dining experience that translates directly into the dining presentation and service of the restaurant.
The restaurant can accommodate just over one hundred guests with seven private dining booths available for those looking to dine within a more intimate setting. Named after the famed Shanghai rock garden, references can be seen to the Yuyuan Garden throughout the restaurant's design, including the use of ornate decorative trees and echoes of the rock faces within the patterns of the marble cladding the reception desk and bar areas. Further connections to nature can also be seen in the sculptural forms of the side table lamps, constructed from the twisting gnarled wood of aged trees.
Another noticeable feature is the theme of interwoven fabric, twists and knots that can be seen in the screen divides and large decoration pieces within the reception. These large 3D interpretations of knots have been finished in an elegant champagne gold, a colour often associated with luxury, purity, and fulfilment, whilst the decoration can be interpreted as an appreciation and admiration for Chinese craftsmanship and textiles, skills often admired from across the globe.
Each of the seven private dining spaces contain a bespoke pendant light, constructed from curved crystal rods in reference and continuing the theme of textiles and knots on an impressive scale. Art is not only seen within the lighting, Contemporary Korean artist, Lee Gill Rae, has created an impressive bronze branch installation that acts as a centrepiece to the main dining space, backed in a emerald green lacquer and framed either side by two inset gold bands.