“I’d like to successfully guess your weight and win you at a féte.” -Roy Fuller
Le Temps Pâtisserie is a popular dessert shop in Fuzhou which has been operated for several years. “LE TEMPS” are French words, with the meaning of “time”. The shop owner chose this name because she hoped that both pleasure of enjoying desserts and profound memories could be permanently preserved in spite of passage of time.
重生 | Rebirth
The shop is situated in an old plant within a creative industrial park which was repurposed from a factory zone. The old building features nostalgic charm, with mottled walls covered by green ivy leaves.
▼建筑主立面，main facade ©夏至
As described in Bible, “God said, Let there be light. And there was light.” Light is the prerequisite for us to perceive the world, which can also comfort our mind. The design team introduced full natural lights into the space and kept large area of the walls in white. In this way, daylight penetrates the windows, falls on the black bar counter and creates fascinating interactions of lights and shadows, thereby forming a unique environment completely different from the outside, making people calm and relaxed.Through integrating new design elements into the old building, designers gave it a rebirth. Injected with vitality, the shop provides people with abundant and delightful experience.
▼入口外的就座区，seating area outside the entrance ©夏至
少即是多 | Less Is More
店铺整体布局以黑白灰为主，家具采用丹麦品牌HAY，餐具则来自葡萄牙的BELOINOX 和CUTIPOL MOON，日本的1616 ARITA以及北欧的STELTON EM77，简练而精致，演绎出极为纯粹的现代主义风格，这样大胆的尝试在甜品店中并不多见。
The entire space features a palette of black, gray and white. Items used in the shop are exquisite and simple in design, such as furniture from HAY, and utensils of BELOINOX, CUTIPOL MOON, 1616 ARITA and STELTON EM77. The interior design presents a modern and minimalist style that is rarely seen in dessert shops.
▼室内空间概览，interior overview ©夏至
▼吧台区域，bar area ©夏至
The shop owner is particular about details. As she said, “Each kind of dessert has its own cooking rules. A tiny difference in ingredients may lead to different tastes. As for a dessert shop, the interior space serves essential function and plays a key role. Therefore, great importance should be attached to its design and details.”However, she and designers agreed that dessert was the priority for the shop. So the space was designed in a minimalist style with white, gray and black as major hues, keeping a low profile to highlight desserts. In this way, the interior design doesn’t “steal the show”, but sets off desserts and embodies the brand concept.
▼客座区，seating area for guests ©夏至
▼室内立面，interior facade ©夏至
▼楼梯和吧台座位，stair and the bar seating ©夏至
▼细部，detailed view ©夏至
For the spatial structure design, the design team also applied the concept of “Less is more”. There were some columns with uneven surface in the original space. After much deliberation, the team decided to dismantle these columns, thus creating a “clean” space without any superfluous structure.
▼干净的大块面，给空间留白，给心灵留白，a “clean” space without any superfluous structure ©夏至
妙趣 | Fun
The main space consists of three “boxes”. The black one makes people feel calm, while the white one is refreshing. And the gray box (the seating area with a hue of gray), is of storytelling glamour. The three boxes with different colors are interpenetrated with each other, adding a sense of layering to the overall space. As people move in the space, they can enjoy diversified and interesting visual experience.
▼二层过道，corridor on the second floor ©夏至
▼悬挑空间，the cantilevered space ©夏至
▼悬挑空间细部，detailed view ©夏至
▼黑盒子座位空间，seating area in the “black box” ©夏至
▼二层客座区，seating area on the second floor ©夏至
The long and relatively narrow hallway was designed with no decoration. Such “blank leaving” design leaves room for imagination. The large French window brings full natural lights into the space and enables customers to enjoy the outdoor view whether in the daytime or at night. Sitting by the window, enjoying beautiful outside view as well as tasting yummy and delicate desserts, people can have a wonderful time in Le Temps Pâtisserie. A heaven of sweets makes the time spent here sweet.
▼双层高空间整体视图，overview of the double-height space ©夏至
▼大幅落地窗带来自然之色，the large glazed wall brings natural view in ©夏至
▼首层平面图，1st floor plan
▼二层平面图，2nd floor plan
Design company: DC. Design (http://www.dcd-hk.com/)
Chief designer: Xie Suting
Design team: Xie Suting, Yu Xiyao
Design assistant: Chen Shengzhong
Installation & display: Xie Suting, HAY
Lighting design consultant: Xu Fengbing
Photographer: Xia Zhi
Project location: Fu Zhou, China
Project area: 260 m2
Completion time: July 2018