Ready to discover a restaurant in Hong Kong with an amazing retro decor?
A little less than a year ago, Linehouse studio completed the John Anthony restaurant in Hong Kong, taking inspiration from retro, Chinese canteens in east London. The restaurant is named after John Anthony, the first Chinese-born man to be naturalised as a British citizen, in 1805. Today, we take a closer look at this dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong that impresses us with its stunning retro decor.
“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. John Anthony, the personality which the restaurant was named after, 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.
The design studio behind this restaurant decor, Linehouse, took some of the materials that Anthony himself would have encountered on his journey throug east and west, from hand-glazed tiles, natural and racked renders to terracotta, hand-dyed fabrics and hand-woven wickers.
The guests enter down a staircase made of white metal and back-lit with diffused glass, beautifully elegant and causing an impact, and they are then taken to the dining areas that feature stunning art and design elements.
The floors of this main hall are paved with reclaimed terracotta tiles from abandoned houses in rural China, a charming detail you probably wouldn’t know about if you visited it to enjoy an amazing meal of dim sum. The colonial design and Chinese canteen fusion is evident, however, in the decor, color palette and furniture pieces.
The bar in this restaurant is probably one of our favorite places, featuring a collection of glass tubes containing gins infused with botanicals found along the spice routes hang above it, and arch-shaped enclaves display an expansive gin collection.
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 and give an extra touch of elegance and undeniable luxury. 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.
In 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. We love a restaurant that thinks of the future and sustainability first and foremost!
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