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Newly opened traditional Chinese design at Tattu, London
Tattu, London. Photographer: Edmon Leong
Tattu, London. Photographer: Edmon Leong

Joyce Wang Studio designs one of London’s most coveted new restaurant openings Tattu, London

Reimagining the conventional architectural features of a traditional Chinese courtyard house.

Independent restaurant group, Tattu, have opened their hotly anticipated restaurant in the capital at Outernet’s ‘The Now Building’ on the corner of Tottenham Court Road. The restaurant has been designed by Joyce Wang Studio and her award-winning international design practice, based in London and Hong Kong, and will also feature a number of original artworks by Shanghai native Shan Jiang.

Inspired by a traditional Chinese Courtyard House, a historic structure in which four residences surround a beautiful central garden, Tattu London is an elevated concept designed by Joyce Wang Studio. At the entrance to the courtyard house an ornate spirit screen depicts four mythical Tattu creatures - Phoenix, Koi Carp, Dragon & Tiger - each a namesake for one of the restaurant's intricately designed ‘residencies’. Just beyond the spirit screen will be Tattu’s bar, The Flamboyant Opposite House, inspired by the Phoenix, the protector from evil and guardian of wealth. The space is filled with feathered fabrics and charred timbers and features a copper panelled wall to reflect the fiery nature of the Phoenix itself.

The Intimate Western Residence lies just beyond a flower hung gate, and is a serene dining space with pearlescent shell and rippled glass textures representing the natural habitat of the Koi Carp. A marble floor and traditional stone garden define the space from The Regal Main Residence, where the mythical presence of the Tiger takes centre stage. Swathed in luxurious fabrics with woven liquid metal detailing, the sumptuous, moody yet vibrant enclave is home to Tattu’s resident DJ’s.

Finally, The Spectacular Inner Courtyard, which all residencies open out onto, is the jewel in Tattu’s crown. A stunning space inhabited by the spirit of the Dragon and punctuated by brushed bronze and scale-like details, the area is defined by a spectacular skylight, creating an intimate dining experience under the London sky. This residence is adorned with a bespoke reimagining of Tattu’s famed cherry blossom trees in the form of a statement cherry blossom chandelier, a bespoke piece created for Tattu London by Cox London. Tattu London also features an outdoor terrace, adjacent to the bar, which will provide unrivalled views over the capital.

“Taking advantage of this rare rooftop venue, we strove to create a beacon at the top of Tottenham Court Road, celebrating the vibrant streetscapes below. The large central skylight within the space anchored the narrative of a traditional Chinese courtyard house, dining underneath a handcrafted 20-metre-long cherry blossom chandelier. Embracing the Tattu experience, four spirit animals became residents of each individual quarter, their identities setting the mood and feel within each area. We can't wait to see guests eating the amazing cuisine and sipping on cocktails within this uniquely vibrant venue.” ~ Joyce Wang founder of Joyce Wang Studio.

Joyce Wang is an award-winning interior designer and the founder of Joyce Wang Studio, based in London and Hong Kong, which specialises in luxury hospitality, wellness and residential interior design with a global portfolio of projects across the globe, from London, New York and Melbourne to Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Wang’s architectural approach to design and love of materials is rooted in her degrees in Architecture and Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, she received her Masters at the Royal College of Art in London where interdisciplinary collaborations were to influence her work to come. Her many prestigious industry awards include Hospitality Design magazine’s coveted Designer of the Year Award 2020, Design Anthology’s inaugural Vanguard award in 2019 and Joyce Wang Studio was included in the top 400 in Dezeen’s Designer Hot List. Wang has spoken at international design platforms such as Maison & Objet, Business of Design Week and the World Interior Festival.

Notable projects include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Los Angeles), The Landmark Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong), Mott 32 (Hong Kong, Singapore, Las Vegas and Vancouver), The Arts Club (London), K11 Artus (Hong Kong), an immersive exhibition for Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades at Art Basel Hong Kong, a spa and fitness space in Equinox’s centenary club in Hudson Yards, New York, and a large-scale renovation of The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. | @joycewangstudio

Tattu is an independent family run business founded in Manchester in 2015 by brothers Adam and Drew Jones. The group now have locations in Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh alongside the original Manchester restaurant, and they will soon launch their first site in London in April 2022. | @tatturestaurant

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