“Impossible Land” is the narrative of Réel Chikalicious. It is no longer a specific concept, but an abstract scenario of “Impossible Land”. The design is referencing some post-modern elements and integrating the contemporary surreal language. Actually, the creation is more random; a space exploring while the whole process.
The local environment inspired us lot. We insisted on bringing the region memories to the restaurant. The truncated columns, in the store, are reflected the iconic golden pillars of the Jing’an Temple. We also transplanted the memories of the stones and plants of the Jing’an Park into the restaurant.
We are more aggressive on the color selection, for example, the proportion of the blue and green are almost same in the space. Meanwhile, we have made a contrast of the material with two colors completely; one a super-reflective degree finish, the other a matte material. Consequently, the spaces naturally take form an advancing and retreating layer.
We hope the space presents more vanguard through the special material which followed the contemporary surreal languages. Let the materials with different reflect, like acrylic columns, mirrors, stained glass, stainless steel, be in the same space to enhance the spatial character. The functional useless sink is originally a part of the destination “LAND”. It is an installation, which can define the attributes and the qualities of the space.
Project Name: Chikalicious Réel Restaurant; Concept: “Impossible Land”; Idea and key words: contemporary, surreal language, post-modern; Gross built area: 136 m2; Address: Réel 2F, Jing’an District, Shanghai, China; Client: Chikalicious; Photographer: MUYI & Sò inhouse team; Design team: Sò Studio;