JG Phoenix references Tang dynasty architecture in minimalist Shantou restaurant

Walnut columns and blackened timber screens nod to the architecture of China‘s golden age in this atmospheric restaurant in Shantou by local interiors studio JG Phoenix.

Founded by three friends, the eatery is named Sui Han San You or Three Friends of Winter after a Chinese phrase, which refers to pine, bamboo and plum blossom.

Wood panelling features throughout the interior of Sui Han San You

The dimly lit, 1,200-square-metre restaurant was designed around this motif, often used in traditional art to signify resilience based on the plants’ ability to thrive even in the colder months.

Wood features liberally throughout

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