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    Daosheng Design creates monochromatic bar with looping bamboo sculpture

    The Flow of Ecstatic is a bar in Dongguan, China, designed by Daosheng Design with an all-grey interior featuring a swooping ceiling sculpture of bamboo.Located in the city’s business district, the bar counter is topped by stainless steel, the walls are covered in textured grey silk and the floors are tiled in a matching grey.

    Top: the stainless steel bar counter. Above: swooping bamboo decoration
    A looping bamboo sculpture is suspended from the ceiling. Daosheng Design said this is intended to evoke the brushstrokes of traditional Chinese calligraphy and the movements of the dragon dance.
    This dance is performed on festive occasions and involves a team of dancers moving in synchronicity under a colourful silk dragon costume.
    The serpentine bamboo shape is designed to be evocative of this fluid and dynamic performance.

    A sculpture perches on the bar

    Daosheng Design said the studio deliberately designed the bar to encourage patrons to decompress from their hectic urban lifestyles.
    “Life and entertainment should be two sides,” said the designers.
    “However, in the era of rapid development, life sped by, and modern people hurried to catch up, and it was difficult to slow down and enjoy life.”

    Different seating areas occupy corners of the bar
    Different seating areas invite different forms of leisure activity, such as high brass-backed stools at the bar for sampling drinks or tables with banquettes for dining.
    Groupings of triangular stools cluster around low tables for casual drinks with friends.

    Grey fabric covers the walls
    All of the furniture and furnishings are realised in shades of grey. Figurative sculptures are dotted around the room, including one that is perched on the edge of the bar.

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    The Flow of Ecstatic has been shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2020 in the bar interior category, alongside a bar decorated with insects trapped in amber and a bar in London decorated with a mural of female faces.
    Photography is by Jack Qin.
    Project credits:
    Interiors: Daosheng DesignLead designer: YongMing HeParticipating designers: Daosheng Design TeamClient: Excellence Real Estate

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  • Imafuku Architects completes Dongshang bar in Beijing with bamboo surfaces

    Canes of bamboo interlace across the ceiling to form a canopy above guests in this bar in Beijing, China designed by Imafuku Architects.Dongshang – which is shortlisted in the bar interior category of this year’s Dezeen Awards – offers an extensive menu of sake and whiskies from Japan, as well as a selection of Japanese dishes.
    When it came to designing the interiors of the bar, Imafuku Architects wanted to use a material that spoke of the bar’s Japanese menu, as well as its Chinese location – bamboo immediately came to mind.

    Bamboo lines the upper half of the corridor leading into Dongshang

    “The history of planting and using bamboo in these two countries can be traced back to ancient times,” explained the studio. “Both Chinese and Japanese people have utilized bamboo as a material for construction, furniture, containers and even art pieces.”
    “Dongshang invites guests on a story of traditional aesthetics and crafting techniques of the two countries through the contemporary reinterpretation of bamboo.”

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    The studio had also become particularly inspired by the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, a group of Chinese scholars, musicians and writers from the third century who would convene in a bamboo grove to escape the turmoil and corruption associated with the royal courts at the time.

    The bamboo is fixed to the walls with brass nails
    Guests are led into Dongshang through a long corridor. The bottom half of the walls here are lined with dark grey terrazzo, while thin strips of bamboo have been affixed to the upper half with brass nails.
    Some of the bamboo strips arch up and away from the wall to form a lattice across the ceiling. Spotlights have been installed directly above the latticework so that, when switched on, light dapples the surrounding surfaces much like “sunshine filtering through tree leaves”.

    A “canopy” of criss-cross bamboo canes appears in the main dining room
    The terrazzo and bamboo-strip walls continue into Donshang’s main dining space. Mushroom-coloured sofas and armchairs have been dotted throughout, arranged around square wooden tables.
    Canes of bamboo have been arranged into a criss-cross-pattern “canopy” on the ceiling, a feature that the studio hopes will lend the room a cosier and more intimate ambience.

    Mushroom-coloured furnishings have been used to dress the space
    More bamboo canes appear at the rear of the room but have been stood upright to create a fluted feature wall behind the drinks bar. Backlit liquor bottles are openly displayed on three-millimetre-thick shelves crafted from steel.
    A splash of colour is offered by the high chairs that run around the bar counter, which are upholstered in sapphire-blue velvet.

    Bamboo canes create a feature wall behind the bar
    Dongshang restaurant will compete in the 2020 Dezeen Awards against projects such as J Boroski by Atelier XY, which is decorated with over 1,000 insects, and The Berkeley Bar & Terrace by Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, which includes a cosy, pink-hued snug where guests can enjoy their cocktails.
    Photography is courtesy of Ruijing Photo.

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