Gold Key – Fine Dining
The Highlights: Located on the 19th floor of the Rosewood Hotel in Bangkok, Nan Bei, meaning South and North respectively in Chinese, is a luxurious, contemporary Chinese dining experience backdropped by an exhilarating view of the city skyline. The interior design takes inspiration from the Chinese legend of the Weaver Girl and the Cowherd. As story has it, the Weaver Girl, who resided in heaven, came down to earth and fell in love with the Cowherd. However, their love was forbidden, and they were only allowed to meet once a year by crossing the night sky over a bridge of magpies.
Lush, hand-troweled blue plaster envelops the walls, as intricately patterned marble floors usher guests down the tea- and wine-lined corridors into the venue. Pops of yellow in the rich leather seating is picked up again in the uniquely patterned stone floor, while the bar showcases a large-scale blue rope woven chandelier, abstractly referencing the craft of the Weaver Girl.
“Many of the restaurant’s most eye-catching features were imagined from this piece of folklore, including the 30-foot-high light installation in the atrium featuring 800 custom, hand-folded brass mesh ‘magpies’ that depicts the iconic moment of the tale,” says William Harris, principal at AvroKO.
Design Firm: AvroKO, New York | Architecture Firm: Tandem/KPF, Bangkok | Client: Rosewood Hotel Group, Hong Kong | Purchasing Firm: Rende Development, Bangkok | Photo: Owen Raggett