T cafe 1954
Colonial Hong Kong
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
T Cafe 1954 is a new cafe, created by Tai Cheong Bakery which was found in 1954. The design concept of T Cafe 1954 brings a unique colonial era of Hong Kong in the 1950s back to life. A period while British elegance integrates with traditional Chinese style. Entering the space we found a spectacular vintage clock, it metaphorically reflects the idea of travelling through time and back to the old evocative moments of Hong Kong. Iconic green mosaic floor tiles, window frame pattern and table numbers found in traditional cafes in the 50s became collective memories which Hong Kong people treasured tremendously. Our goal is to capture and modernize these traditional elements in our own unique way.
Carefully looking into the furniture and details, a number of western cabinetries with a touch of Chinese elements occupies the area near the entrance where the famous signature 'cookie crust egg tarts' are sold under a vibrant neon-light signage. The space enables customers to take a trip into a 'modernised nostalgia' and emphasize on the uniqueness of an exciting interlace between the old and the new.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
We want customers to travel through time, back into the colonial era of Hong Kong.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Completed in December 2013. Hong Kong
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
1950s floor mosaic, ceramic tiles, back painted tiles, stainless steel, veneer
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
1300 sq ft
Cafe, Colonial, Tea, 1950s, Hong Kong, Tai Cheong Bakery, Bakery, mosaic, Hong Kong, J. Candice Interior Architects
Sourcing materials which has a 1950s reference was one of the challenge.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Andy Liu, Leo Chiu, Jacky Chung and Teresa Cheung
Calvin Wong Photos