Chuan’s Kitchen II, which takes both the Sichuan Yingjing’s black earthenware and mined soil materials from metro construction as the medium, is an experimental restaurant built upon the contemporary experiment of traditional folk art. Gaskets, made from the same materials as the Yingjing’s black earthenware, are used to separate the coal and greenware during the firing process then discarded in the wild after repeated use of seven or eight times. We try to recycle this wasted material from the traditional handicraft industry, which enables it to regain commercial value by conducting an experiment in this modern dining space of Sichuan cuisine. One black gasket can be broken into three similar arc-like pieces. We interlace and weave the arcs into a huge chain net. The tall gasket net is connected with the vertical iron wall, together forming a 20 meters facade. The high-ceilinged space seems independent from the sky and the ground, displaying a strong sense of transparency.
▼以黑砂圈为元素的餐厅入口及外观，entrance and exterior with black gasket elements
Yingjing’s black earthenware has a long history. With the locally unique white clay and abundant anthracite, for more than a hundred years, people of Yingjing County have made black earthenware out of these local materials and used them as cooking utensils. This kind of black earthenware is corrosion-resistant and tolerant to acid and alkali, so that they can keep the fresh and delicious taste of the food during cooking. After nourishing China’s folk life for more than a hundred years, such flavour came from the land of Shu(Sichuan) area suddenly disappeared during the transition period of contemporary industrial civilization. This hits us that there ought to be some reflection and change about how to inherit this kind of folk art. Traditional folk culture, including handicrafts and food, is derived from daily and spiritual needs of the mass. The reason of folk culture endangerment lies in the loss of its original living needs and significance, as well as its separation from folk life. Breaking through the boundary of materials and exploring the modern form of traditional folk art, we extracted the gaskets discarded after firing process of Yingjing’s black earthenware, and use them as the main decoration element in Chuan’s Kitchen.
▼以荥经砂器烧制中的废弃垫片——“砂圈”为空间主要元素，the gaskets discarded after firing process of Yingjing’s black earthenware are used as the main decoration element
The black gasket net is also used in interiors. The gasket nets enclose two dinning areas that meet different dining needs and enrich the spatial layers, at the same time, eliminate the strong sense of volume of the two bearing columns in the space. The black gaskets are also customized into pendant lamps and hung up within, strengthening the experience of this special material. Wall tiles and floor tiles made out of the mined soil materials from 40m underground metro construction cover the inner wall, bar area and the ground of the whole restaurant. The simple unity of soil tiles combine with the rough black gaskets net, presenting an spatial rhythm in both form of virtuality and reality.
▼水吧台与厨房之间的用餐空间概览：空间内部引入黑砂链网，dinning area between the kitchen and bar: the black gasket net is also used in interiors
▼土砖从内墙、水吧台延展至地面，wall tiles and floor tiles cover the inner wall, bar area and the ground of the whole restaurant
▼拥有亮眼暖色灯光的水吧台及开放用餐区，bar with bright warm colour lights and the open dinning area
▼土砖统一的质朴厚重与黑砂链网的粗犷通透虚实映衬，the simple unity of soil tiles combine with the rough black gaskets net, presenting an spatial rhythm in both form of virtuality and reality
The stripes of soil wall tiles seems like undulating while the gloss on the surface of gasket net are variegating under the dim light. Along with hearty flavor rich in Sichuan cuisine, the hundred years of edification in the farming civilization is flowing around the whole restaurant. The popularity of commerce determines that it is inseparable from the contemporary social life and the growing commerce under the current social ecology is now sweeping the art field and daily life. It is an inevitable trend for traditional folk art to re-ignite vitality and enter the contemporary commercial environment. Can the innovative application of Yingjing’s black earthenware bring some inspiration and activation to the traditional folk arts inheritance as well as the industry chain of folk handicraft ?
▼昏暗灯光下，墙面土砖的起伏条纹与黑砂链网表面的斑驳光泽影绰交错，the stripes of soil wall tiles seems like undulating while the gloss on the surface of gasket net are variegating under the dim light
Project name: Chuan’s Kitchen II
Design: INFINITY MIND
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
Design year: May – July, 2018
Completion Year: July – September, 2018
Project location: 5/F, North Tower,Poly Sunny Walk, Yuexiu District,Guangzhou, China
Gross Built Area: 304 ㎡
Photo credits: INFINITY MIND
Clients: Guangzhou ABO Sunny Walk Restaurant Co., Ltd.