Neither fully Chinese nor American, traditional nor modern, the latest Alhambra, California, outpost for Chinese restaurant Sichuan Impression is a mediation in duality. Los Angeles–based interior architect and furniture designer Jialun Xiong, who hails from Chongqing, China, pays homage to Chinese architecture while situating it firmly within the present. In the 2,000-square-foot space, the architect melds cultures and temporalities into a precise and quiet environment.
The eatery can be divided into four seating zones. The first of which is the most gripping: a row of tables along the street-facing windows delineated by circular plaster partitions. Here the emerging designer plays with negative and positive space, lining up the round portals with which to see through only to subvert the pattern of empty space with a larger table passing through the partition. Above each table, a custom oversized raw silk cloth chandelier is sandwiched between plaster and metal mesh dividers. Its shape and material, undercut by thin metal strips, is a nod to traditional Chinese design but with a twist.
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