MOLI by SHI tells a tale as old as time, weaving the traditional Chinese architecture with the modern extravagance, has been designed by the exceptional Architecture and Interior Design firm, 4SPACE. The name “Moli” meaning “Jasmine” in Chinese, carries profound symbolism associated with purity, grace, and elegance, immersing visitors in a feeling of opulence and sophistication right from their arrival.
Upon entering the restaurant, guests encounter traditional architectural elements reminiscent of a Chinese temple. Greeted by two guardian lions statues right at the reception, the statues set the tone for the immersive cultural experience that awaits.
Walls adorned with classic carvings create a mesmerizing backdrop, while plush banquettes featuring intricate Chinese artwork set the stage for a lavish dining experience. As night descends, the central floor illuminates with a subtle glow, creating a magical atmosphere for refined dinners.
The interior of the space showcases a captivating architectural feature deeply rooted in Chinese tradition—the Dougong system. Originating from ancient Chinese construction techniques, Dougong represents a distinctive method of interlocking wooden brackets that provide structural support within a building’s framework. This intricate and time-honored element is prominently featured in the columns, contributing not only to the structural integrity of the space but also to its aesthetic appeal.
The restaurant’s wall cladding is a testament of the meticulous artistry and cultural richness inherent in Chinese craftsmanship. Adorned with wood engravings, the surface becomes a canvas that elegantly tells a visual narrative, with each intricately carved detail capturing the essence of tradition and the enduring legacy of Chinese culture.
Above, the ceiling features large hanging light features shaped in jasmine flowers, providing gentle and ambient lighting, further emphasizing the essence of Moli.
A metallic beads curtain flows into the space merging the walls with the ceiling, gracefully mimicking the fluid movements of a dragon, as it weaves through the restaurant space and around the columns, starting from the entrance toward the end and grinding the guest gracefully through the space.
In crafting the design concept, careful consideration has been given to the selection of furniture, each piece has been crafted to the smalls. The chosen furniture not only complements but actively implicates and portrays the underlying concept, seamlessly blending functionality with the rich cultural narrative.
The seating arrangements and furniture are expertly crafted with a nod to traditional Chinese woodworking techniques. They are adorned with jacquard velvet fabric that presents an interpretation midway between a figurative depiction of magical tigers and the Chinese mythological realms.