André Fu: Yu Yuan Restaurant

Martyn White

Posted on January 15 2017

Inspired by Chinese tradition, view the impressive designs of the Yu Yuan restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, by André Fu and his studio AFSO.

The mesmerising designs of the Yu Yuan restaurant in Seoul have been created by André Fu and his design studio, AFSO. These luxurious contemporary designs are inspired by Chinese tradition, embracing fine detail, opulent finishes and rich colours. This acknowledgement of traditional values has been set against a backdrop of green lacquer and characterful marble stone, creating an unforgettable dining experience that translates directly into the dining presentation and service of the restaurant. 

AFSO Andre Fu Interior Design Yu Yuan Restaurant Four Seasons HotelAFSO Andre Fu Interior Design Yu Yuan Restaurant green knot detail

The restaurant can accommodate just over one hundred guests with seven private dining booths available for those looking to dine within a more intimate setting. Named after the famed Shanghai rock garden, references can be seen in the Yuyuan Garden throughout the restaurant's design, including the use of ornate decorative trees and echoes of the rock faces within the patterns of the marble cladding the reception desk and bar areas. Further connections to nature can also be seen in the sculptural forms of the side table lamps, constructed from the twisting gnarled wood of aged trees.

AFSO Andre Fu Interior Design Yu Yuan Restaurant Green interior decorAFSO Andre Fu Interior Design Yu Yuan Restaurant green lacquered paneling

Another noticeable feature is the theme of interwoven fabric, twists and knots that can be seen on the screen divides and large decoration pieces within the reception. These large 3D interpretations of knots have been finished in an elegant champagne gold, a colour often associated with luxury, purity, and fulfilment, whilst the decoration can be interpreted as an appreciation and admiration for Chinese craftsmanship and textiles, skills often admired from across the globe. 

AFSO Andre Fu Interior Design Yu Yuan Restaurant  tea station and barAFSO Andre Fu Interior Design Yu Yuan Restaurant private dining

Each of the seven private dining spaces contains a bespoke pendant light, constructed from curved crystal rods in reference and continuing the theme of textiles and knots on an impressive scale. Art is not only seen in the lighting, Contemporary Korean artist, Lee Gill Rae, has created an impressive bronze branch installation that acts as a centrepiece to the main dining space, backed in an emerald green lacquer and framed either side by two inset gold bands.  

For further details on André Fu and his studio AFSO, click to view the official website. Details on the Yu Yuan restaurant can be found via the Four Seasons restaurant page. 


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