With the musical talents of Chinese pianist Zhao Yinyin and the culinary expertise of chef Ye Baorong of the W Hotel on hand, Gaggenau, Germany’s leading brand in professional-grade domestic appliances, opened its South China showroom with a celebration entitled Culinary Symphony.
Situated on the 52nd level of the International Finance Centre, the lofty showroom affords panoramic views of the mega-city which is now home to the brand, as well as China's tallest building, Canton Tower. Within the contemporary showroom designed by Munich-based practice einszu33, Chef Baorong treated a handful of guests attending the location's opening – Gaggenau's third in China after Beijing and Shanghai – to a culinary experience which exudes Gaggenau's brand values of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising quality with a clear influence from China's rich heritage.
The showroom's ceiling expresses the oyster farming practices prevalent in the region of the Pearl River Delta. Ripples of brass mesh passing down the showroom's centre mimic structures used in the farming of oysters while illumination passing through the installation affords a warm atmosphere. Sleek concrete floors depict the reflective surface of the river itself. Amidst five distinct zones, a training kitchen and a lounge complete with Walter Knoll furnishings make the showroom a flexible venue to host workshops and events. Marking the beginning of each visitor's journey through the showroom, a circular entry space borrows its form from the moon's gate, referencing the typical symbol found in Chinese garden architecture.