Restaurant Development & Design

JUL-AUG 2019

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A WORLD VIEW 8 0 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 Lai, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam P aying homage to the many theatrical aspects of Cantonese cooking and traditions of Chinese design, Lai, an upscale Chinese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is the result of the strong partnership between LW Design and their client, Elements Management Group. The expansive two-story restaurant has a rustic wood staircase that connects its two levels. It features a main din- ing area set around a central kitchen, a rooftop terrace and private dining areas. Private dining rooms boast blue lacquered wood-paneled walls with large round tables encircled by contemporary pale grey leather and dark wood chairs. Traditional backlit trellis details have been set into the walls and ceiling. An oversized modern take on the traditional lantern is suspended above the table. Dark timber and weathered stone are featured in the •oors. The rustic elements of the wood staircase, meant to evoke a bamboo forest, are contrasted by ornamental ceramic vases. Images courtesy of Rene van Dongen Standing and hanging lamps, reminiscent of Chinese lanterns, create ambient light in the dining areas. Along the corridor, hanging lanterns create a warm, inviting glow.

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