Linehouse最近在香港完成了一家摩登华丽而又典雅的中餐厅设计，此次设计借鉴了一位跨文化先驱的生活经验，也参考了伦敦东区一家复古的中式餐厅。餐厅以John Anthony的名字命名。安东尼于1805年加入英国国籍，是首位在中国出生的英国人。安东尼在伦敦东区莱姆豪斯的东印度公司(East India Company)工作，他的工作是为抵达的中国船员提供食宿。
Linehouse has completed a contemporary dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong that takes its cue from the life of a cross-cultural pioneer, but also references a retro, Chinese canteen in east London. the restaurant is named after John Anthony, the first Chinese-born man to be naturalised as a British citizen, in 1805. Anthony worked for the East India Company at Limehouse in London’s east end, where his job was to provide food and lodging to arriving Chinese sailors.
Linehouse联合创始人Alex Mok说：“设计借鉴了John Anthony的旅程，探索东西方建筑风格和材料的融合，以及带有东方细节的殖民建筑，创造了一个由英国茶馆改造而来的中国食堂。”在整个餐厅里，Linehouse都在探索安东尼自己在旅途中会遇到的材料：手工釉面砖、赤陶土、手工染色的面料和手工编织的柳条。
“The design drew on John Anthony’s journey, exploring the fusion of architectural styles and materiality between east and west as well as colonial architecture blurred with eastern detailing, to create a British tea hall turned Chinese canteen,” said Linehouse co-founder Alex Mok.Throughout the restaurant, Linehouse explored the materials Anthony himself would have encountered on his journey: hand-glazed tiles, natural and racked renders, terracotta, hand-dyed fabrics and hand-woven wickers.
John Anthony guests enter down a staircase made of white metal and back-lit with diffused glass. The entrance offers a hint of the interior’s lime green terrazzo floor and triple-height arched ceiling, clad in pink tiles. The pink arches are reflected through the space in high-level mirrors.
The main dining hall aims to reinterpret the storehouses of London’s docklands with a vaulted ceiling. The floors of this main hall are paved with reclaimed terracotta tiles from abandoned houses in rural China.The fusion of Chinese canteen and colonial design is captured in the details of the timber bar with glass vitrines, wicker furniture, and gold and maroon floral fabrics.
A collection of glass tubes containing gins infused with botanicals found along the spice routes hang above the bar. In the wall above the bar, arch-shaped enclaves display an expansive gin collection.A white metal structure, reminiscent of an industrial storehouse roof, hangs from the render ceiling with suspended custom timber tube lamps. In the dining area, hammered copper lights line the walls.
Beyond the main hall, a series of arched spaces allow for more intimate dining. The arches are clad in handmade green and blue tiles and frame views of the kitchen.
A completely private dining room in the back of the restaurant features tiles hand-printed with large scale illustrations of commodities traded between the British and Chinese in the eighteenth century, such as medicinal poppies and exotic animals.
Behind the bar a room features floral booths divided by cream linen curtains hanging from a copper rail. Hand-dyed indigo linen hangs from the ceiling to invoke nautical life.Custom copper mounted vanities are fitted above the basins and recycled plastic tubes line the ceiling of the bathroom stalls. Circular windows in the bathroom doors also reference the ships of the East India Company.
As well as this east-meets-west design fusion, the interior scheme was guided by sustainability, which is also reflected in the food and drinks served at the restaurant. Menus and coasters are made of up-cycled paper and plastic, the floor tiles are reclaimed and materials are sustainably sourced.
“All the lighting for this project was custom designed in-house, working with local craftsmen,” said Mok. “Most of the furniture was also custom-designed; the dining chair, all the tables, the rattan sofa are all locally produced.”
项目名称：庄馆/John Anthony restaurant