Bakery Store, Interior Design, Furnuture Design
我们第一次接到 LYFE 的设计委托，是为 LYFE 设计研发烘培的工作室，为工作室隔壁即将面世的 LYFE 烘培店做产品研发的准备工作。空间以前是一家彩票铺，墙上挂着发黄的彩票走势图让人印象极为深刻，仿佛看到这里的社区居民进进出出；走势图旁边有一个破损的洞，露出90年代华南建筑常用的黄土砖。
当我们开始关注时间的时候，自然而然就引发了对于新与旧的思考。时间带来的空间痕迹，不论是人为搭建的一砖一瓦，还是自然脱落的油漆，每一处粗糙、斑驳、瓦解在当下都出最自然、最本真的状态。痕迹之中蕴含着丰富的往事，让人追溯起这里最初的样貌，也带领我们的想象回归到历史之中。关于新建、留存、原始的讨论，成为我们在设计 LYFE 的过程中不断回归的原点。
LYFE 传递着一种长久、在地、不追逐潮流的思考。作为华康小区的新成员，我们将空间设计的痕迹隐藏，专注在营造融入的、令人熟知的空间氛围。在这里，时间留下的痕迹和故事得以通过新的使用者传递，空间与 LYFE 一起以全新的面貌迎来第 25 年。
LYFE is a local bakery shop dedicated to producing fresh daily danish dough, the shop is located in a 25 years old local community in Guangzhou, China.
Huakang community represents the rapid change of contemporary times from a micro perspective. Like other similar communities with history in China, the appearance and attributes of these communities are undergoing tremendous renewals. Huakang community is located at the city central of Guangzhou, near one of the most popular luxury malls Taikuhui. The community was built in 1998 with 8 buildings below 25 floors, unlike skyscrapers with commercial shopping malls, street scenario depicts a totally different feeling that attracts new generation lifestyle brands to move in ever since 2017. With the emergence of branded space within Huakang community, when searching on local social media the related adjectives appear to be “popular”, “rat race”, “brand new”, “expensive”, which have little connection to the past 25 years of history.
When we first connected with LYFE, we were commissioned to design the brand’s studio place for bakery making, before LYFE opens a bakery shop next door later. The space was originally a lottery shop, the yellowish lottery trend chart hanging on the wall was vividly impressive, as if seeing local residents were coming in and out. Next to the trend chart was a broken hole, revealing loosen yellow mud bricks that were commonly used in the 90s as construction material.
Time attracted our attention. When we started noticing about time, it naturally lead us to think about the contrast between the new and the old. Time brings traces to the space: whether they are hand built bricks and stones, or naturally peeling paint, every roughness, cracks and mottled texture all display the most natural and authentic present condition. Traces embedded with abundant storytellings that reminded us of the original appearance here, and those storytellings are able to lead our imagination back in time. The discussion between the new, the preservation and the originals had become the origin we kept returning to during the process of designing LYFE.
We respect and emphasize the original structure of the space. Thick layers of latex paint on the columns were removed to reveal the original concrete texture. Original paint on the ceiling and beam were shoveled carefully to slightly reveling the yellow mud beneath, showing a hand crafted natural look. At the entrance, a semi-opened seating area was defined by a new built white ceiling, the same language depicted the kitchen facade, a new built white wall sit behind the original partition. Red bricks and concrete with obvious handmade traces were chosen to build functional elements such as bar counters and furnitures, the naturally formed air bubbles and porous texture merge with the original space as one. The purpose to layer the new and the old, is to tell a contrast between past and present.
LYFE wishes to bring long-term good to the local community. As a new member to Huakang, we put design less noticeable, instead we emphasised on creating a familiar atmosphere that can still be appreciated by the locals. History and stories will pass on by LYFE with a new look.
Keer, Chen, Jieyu, Jianchao, Wei
Bakery Shop, Restaurant Interior