LITCH restaurant focuses on Cantonese dishes, so it is named as LITCH, which is the most representative fruit in Guangxi and Guangdong area. Litch tastes sweet and mild, and with beautiful connotation. There was a tradition in Lingnan area. When a family settled down in a village, or had a new-born baby, a litch tree would be planted in the front or back of the house, meaning settled and stable life, and family bloodline heritage. Xiao Xiong, the owner of LITCH restaurant, has the same wonderful expectation. She hopes that her restaurant will be more like a carrier, witnessing the happening and continuing of a story soundlessly. In-love, marriage proposal, birthday celebration, each important moment and sweet gathering will provide with happy memories.
▼夜景鸟瞰，night aerial view © WEN Studio
The LITCH element is the penetration point of space design. The main color tone is litch red, collocating with arc elements as embellishment. LITCH restaurant is next to a branch of Ningbo Yongjiang river in the south, which is the best view angle. The north of restaurant is the shopping mall corridor, which is also the main arrival passageway of customers. During the design process, the northern glass curtain wall is changed into solid wall, using red textured wall as large area covering, thus to decrease the disturb to interior from the exterior. A very personal, quiet and high-class dining atmosphere is created. The top of entrance uses black metal plate, embedding into the red wall, and making a corridor eave. It extends downward to the black door, in order to increase breakthrough in red.
▼入口，entrance © WEN Studio
The logo of LITCH restaurant is designed by Mr. Ding Feng from SENSDESIGN, and manufactured by JUMPTIME Ningbo. The logo is made of bronze, with extremely high craft requirement in each texture. Especially the hollow-out engraving on surface of LITCH, the edge is very thin but with high density. One piece would be cracked with any carelessness, and then the whole logo needs to be abandoned. So many times of failure makes a final presentation of delicate and exquisite work.
▼餐厅标识，the logo of LITCH restaurant © WEN Studio
Entering the restaurant by pushing aside the bronze door handle, which is handmade hammering, there is another kind of experience in vision. It is red inorganic terrazzo on the floor and bar counter, red art painting on the wall and ceiling. White dining tables and black chairs are embellished among them, partly visible behind the semitransparent acrylic screen. Just like a litch, fresh pulp is revealed after peeling off the red shell. The deconstruction method is adopted in waiting area and bar counter area. The space is cut, and part of it is separated, but not totally invisible. Over-all litch red is collocated with soft light globe lantern, just like so many fresh litch decorating there, fantastic and passionate.
▼红色的无机水磨石地面与吧台，red inorganic terrazzo on the floor and bar counter © WEN Studio
▼吧台夜景，the bar counter by night © 汤汤
▼细部，details © （左）WEN Studio，（右）汤汤
Stepping into the open dining area, the space color turns to simple and elegant oyster gray from intense red. White tablecloth, French casement, dappled light and shadow create a comfortable and relaxing dining environment. Ball-shaped ceiling lamp, dining chairs by &Tradition and arc walls continue to echo with the LITCH theme.
▼从入口望向开放式就餐区，view to the open dining area from the entrance © WEN Studio
▼开放式就餐区，the open dining area © WEN Studio
▼球形的吊灯和&Tradition的餐椅 © WEN Studio
the ball-shaped ceiling lamp and dining chairs by &Tradition
The private rooms of LITCH restaurant are named as One Li(一粒), Two Li(两粒), Three Li(三粒) and Four Li(四粒), because Mi Li(米粒) is the name of Xiao Xiong’s daughter, full of love. You must guess that the fifth private room is Five Li(五粒), while it is called Multi-Li(多荔) instead, Li of litch. It is not only coincide with restaurant theme, but also implying the beautiful expectation of Chinese people that the more sons, the more blessings.
▼走廊，corridor © WEN Studio
▼小包厢，small private rooms © WEN Studio
▼大包厢，large private room © WEN Studio
▼包厢细部，details of private rooms © WEN Studio
▼标识细部，details of the signs © 汤汤
The terrace garden on the roof of LITCH restaurant is another different world. Modern French courtyard collocates with outdoor theme, making it a little bit romantic, and a little bit wild. DOD tent, Nordisk tarp, Stove campfire, Gogogo outdoor chair, Snowpeak egg roll table, watching friends and lovers drink and whisper, dancing in gentle breeze.
▼露台花园夜景，the terrace garden by night © WEN Studio
▼DOD帐篷，the DOD tent © WEN Studio
Everything is just right, take it easy in living
Just like planting a fruit tree with your own hands
Slowly take care of it, quietly wait for harvest
▼洗手间，restrooms © 汤汤
植物布置：去野 · 二旦植物工作室
空间摄影：WEN Studio/ 汤汤
Project Name: LITCH Restaurant
Business Type: Cantonese Restaurant
Interior Design: GTD, Hangzhou
Project Location: Fengzhuli, Shenlan Square, High-tech District, Ningbo
Project Area: 430 sqm interior+300 sqm terrace
Completion Date: June, 2021
Construction: Jiuwei Decoration, Hangzhou
Sign Design: SENSDESIGN
Sign Production: JUMPTIME, Ningbo
Plant Layout: Quye·Erdan Plant Workshop
Art Painting: Dapeng Zhang
Main Material: Art Plastic/Inorganic Terrazzo/Acrylic/Bronze
Space Photo By: WEN Studio/Tangtang