Shenzhen, China – The open space in the dining room of restaurant Gaga Chef is palpably light, as delicate brass fixtures fall from the ceiling to meet with slender-legged velvet dining chairs and seating banquets in warm tones of blue, green and oat. An installation billows along the ceiling, emulating steam that seems to have escaped from the large, open kitchen pass-through. The effervescent design of the main dining room is reinforced through the use of elements qualified for their curvature.
In the creation of the interior, design studio Coordination Asia was inspired by the restaurant’s dedication to the dishes they serve and the chefs that create them. Gaga Chef will be hosting different chefs with three-to-six month residencies – the dynamic menu requiring a unique spatial design that would support and reflect the shifting cuisine. Tilman Thürmer, founder and director of Coordination Asia, credits the fluidity of the restaurant’s nature as the creative catalyst for the warm yet sculptural dining room, and for the bar area that’s simultaneously intimate with bold elements.
The more compact bar and lounge area brings through the warmth of brass but replaces the curvy ceiling installation with graphic rays that push into the space from between the bar’s speakers. The wooden parquet floor is interrupted by a bold splash of terrazzo with an inlay of brass at the meeting point of the two materials. Overall, the space is a celebration of duality in materiality; creating visual relationships between day and night, outside and inside, and the dishes and their surroundings.
Location Shennan Road, Yuehai Street, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China