NAMU at W Seoul-Walkerhill,Korea
Namu，一間誕生於南韓新開幕的W Seoul-Walkerhill設計旅館內的時尚餐廳。由Tony Chi這位國際知名的室內設計師操刀，再次以獨特和令人激動的設計為W-Hotel帶來頂級的餐廳設計。延續著Tony Chi為世界上不同國家、城市所設計的獨特作品，如同Asiate（紐約）， NoMi（芝加哥）、上海（上海）等。如今，位於首爾W Secoul-Walkerhill內的Namu以及另一家餐廳Kitchen，將為他的設計版圖再延伸出另一觸角。
面對這樣的機會，Tony Chi愉悅地表示，他試圖為W Hotel以及南韓首都─首爾的餐飲界引薦某種獨一無二的東西。他說，這餐廳既成熟又優雅，同時，質樸氣氛也一起被保留在周圍的環境間。同時，它又極為吻合W Seoul-Walkerhill 給人的時尚設計印象。
Namu，韓文的意思為木材。像是優質的紅酒必須經年存封於橡木桶內以釀造優異品質，擷取來自Mt Acha山的靈感：一座被韓國人視為五大吉祥的山嶽之一，他以圍繞的木結構為Namu─這個明日的亞洲美食標示出屬於它的獨有巧思與特質。設計過程中，Tony Chi將焦點放在自然元素的轉化，如「液體」為酒吧安靜的延伸、「冰」則為生魚片及生鮮區的轉化；「火」為格柵區。「木」是餐廳的焦點所在。
Namu位於W Hotel主要軸線的另一端，從側面過來便能迎向Namu的正面。當顧客來到Namu入口，將發現自己彷彿處在液體中，圍繞他們的是玻璃櫃中擺滿純麥釀造的清酒和soju(一種含酒精的飲料)──由粗糙石牆和深色木質的門框，劃分成許多區域。整個Namu 餐廳內，也運用相同的手法劃分成許多區域，呈現出現代韓國美食的多樣性。
Love and Lust
在主要用餐區的兩翼是私人包廂。左邊是兩間有榻榻米式包廂，以「愛」為主題， 提供一種真正傳統的用餐體驗。右翼則是兩間西式風格的包廂，「熱情」為主題作為私密聚餐。在包廂之外，牆面設計有隱密的酒櫃，提供顧客存放他們「生活的精神」─酒品，幫助燃起 「愛&熱情」。
Acclaimed New York-based international designer, Tony Chi, has made his mark at the chic new W Secoul-Walkerhill, South Korea, with unique and exciting designs for two top class restaurants, Namu and Kitchen.
Chi, famed for his designs for such new eateries as Asiate(New York), NoMi(Chicago), ye shanghai(Shanghai), is delighted with the Seoul concepts.
"They are sophisticated and elegant, but with a rustic ambience that is in keeping with their surroundings," he says. "At the same time they are avant garde enough to fit the W Seoul-Walkerhill image.
Like a quality red wine aged in the wood for character, Chi's design for Namu (food of "Asia tomorrow") draws its inspiration, its character(and its name) from its surrounds, the timber structure that is its hame in the shadow of Mt Acha.
From this flows Chi's focus on the natural elements: Liquid for the calm of the bar; Ice for the Sashimi/Crustaccan area; and Fire for the Grill section. Wood is the focal point for the restaurant.
On the other end of the main axis that transverses the W Living room, is Namu with a facade composed of a transparent wall of trees and soju(alcoholic beverages) bracketed by rough stone walls and a large wooded gate.Namu has been broken down into many areas, or restaurants within a restaurant, to represent the many tastes of madern Korea.
As the guest passes through the gate into Namu they find themselves in the liquid room surrounded by "the forest" and "Spirits of life".As a contrast to the soju at the entry the lounge is surrounded with more glass cases filled with single male beverages, sake and soju.
Nine trees of Namu surround the bar. These rich, rough-faced wood liquor towers perpendicular to the bar offer a "view through the trees" to the other rooms of the restaurant.
Surrounded with deep, rich wood finishes the crustacean/sashimi bar and sake cellar, with cold sake storage and long gathering table, offer a cozy, carefree environment for individuals or groups to gather to eat and drink.
The cabin-like barbeque area surrounded with stacks of logs is an intimate environment for people to enjoy hearty food and to view the actions of the chefs to excite the senses.
The main dining hall is an elegant space that is focused on the spectacular hillside view of Seoul and the Han River.This room is versatile and can be used as a special event dining hall for large parties to gather and celebrate. But foremost if offers a dining experience that is more towards the finer end of the spectrum.
Love and Lust
Adjacent to the passive room are two wings with private dining rooms.
To the left are two Tatami Rooms, "Love", offering a truly traditional experience and to the right are two Western style private dining rooms, "Lust", to be used for intimate gatherings.Outside the Lust rooms, to help fuel the "Love & Lust" is a wall of private liquor trays for the guest to store their "spirits of life".
設計者」Tony Chi and Associates
空間設計團隊」Johnny Marsh、William Paley、Nelson Bicol
燈光設計團隊」David Singer、Jerry Ryu
建築結構」Chang & Minwoo
坐落位置」南韓首爾W Seoul Walkerhill旅館
Designer」Tony Chi and Associates
Interior design team」Johnny Marsh,William Paley,Nelson Bicol
Lighting Design team」David Singer,Jerry Ryu
Architect of Record」Heerim Architect
Design Architect for W Hotel」OMA Asia
Photographer」provided by Hotel owner(Walkerhill Co.,Ltd)
Structural Engineer」Chang & Minwoo
General Contractor」SK Construction
Location」 W Seoul Walkerhill,Korea