The story of a legendary gourmet and the geometric shapes of traditional Chinese landscape gardening inspired Taipei’s Ji Pin restaurant, where diners are veiled by halos of sheer fabrics.
Statues and images of mythological figures fill the lobby of the restaurant. Design studio Jmarvel Interior Design claims the entire space is inspired by the “gastronomic spirit” of Su Dongpo – a writer, poet, sage and calligrapher known for the many dishes he has created. Prose and poetry written by the literary figure also adorn the walls of the Taipei restaurant.
Ji Pin is decked out in a dark color palette, lit only by subdued wall lamps and huge hanging loops that highlight tables surrounded by curtains. Columns and partitions are painted to resemble old oxidized bronze.
The studio has furnished the dining area using principles generally retained in Chinese garden design. Hallways that block out and reveal views of the space, creating a “winding” path for patrons that gives them time to appreciate the restaurant’s many patterned walls and doors.
No. 236 號, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106