Green T House, Beijing

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With its minimalist yet imaginative décor, rich atmosphere and creative fusion food, Beijing’s Green T House has set a benchmark for modern design in the capital. Created by JinR (Zhang Jin Jie)- her skills include musician, designer and masterchef- the Green T House is a distinctive blend of teahouse, restaurant and gallery.

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Photography by A. Chester Ong

Feted in the media as Beijing’s “Queen of Style,” JinR is known for her desire to push boundaries and redefine conventions, her love of the traditional Chinese teahouse as a place to relax, reflect and converse prompted her to create a space filled with unique and beautiful objects of her own design. In 1997 she had a tiny location with just three tables; next came a Tang Dynasty-inspired interior with an intimate atmosphere akin to a ‘mysterious old house.’ Today the Green T House occupies a light and airy space near the west gate of the Worker’s Stadium in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. With its clean lines and distinctive Chinese aesthetic, it is “modern without being foreign.”

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The restaurant’s interior is an iconic blend of Alice in Wonderland meets new China chic. A huge velvet curtain pushes aside to reveal a dramatic interior furnished with white latticework Chinese screens, slim white branches weaving across the ceiling, sculptured high-backed chairs and hand-painted silk lanterns. In addition, the culinary creations are so beautifully presented that they are artworks in themselves. Here, JinR has created a sense of theatre in which anything seems possible. “I want to create the best moment for people…an experience they will always remember.”

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This article was published in the February 2015 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!

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