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A multi-con­cept life­style space com­bin­ing a tea bar, restau­rant and re­tail store.

If you’re look­ing to be ex­cited by some­thing more than a cafe or shop, Steamroom with The Pil­lar and Stones (or SRPS) is the lat­est multi-con­cept life­style space, spread out over 5,000sqf in Or­chard Cen­tral. Its name may be a bit of a mouth­ful, but it sim­ply de­scribes the three-in-one space.

The brain­child of one of its co-own­ers, lo­cal con­tem­po­rary artist Wong Lip Chin, SRPS fuses Chi­nese tea, con­tem­po­rary cui­sine and life­style prod­ucts.

Steamroom refers to the cen­tral bev­er­age bar, or “kaf­fatea” room, where a va­ri­ety of Chi­nese tea is brewed us­ing an Al­pha Dom­inche Steam­punk ma­chine. The ad­vanced siphon brewer that makes use of steam ag­i­ta­tions to ac­cel­er­ate ex­trac­tion lets you en­joy tea at its best here. All priced at $7.50, op­tions in­clude Green Jade Spring (Bi Luo Chun) from Suzhou, Frozen Peak Oo­long (Tung Ting) from Nan­tou and Raw Pu-Er from Yun­nan. Sin­gle-ori­gin cof­fee is also avail­able.

The Pil­lar serves up con­tem­po­rary cui­sine from the kitchen, lo­cated at one side of the open-con­cept space and helmed by renowned chef Stephan Zoisl. Ex­pect mod­ern takes on clas­sic recipes and dishes that blend Eastern and Western flavours, such as An­gus beef tartare ($16), salmon oc­hazuke ($24) and lob­ster fre­gola sarda pasta ($28). In­spired by Red ($14) is an artis­tic dessert that fea­tures dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents and tex­tures, all in red. Ev­ery­thing is beau­ti­fully plated and en­hanced with herbs grown in-house.

Stones – ref­er­enc­ing the very first medium for prim­i­tive art – is a re­tail space cu­rated by lo­cal brand Em­po­rium of the Mod­ern Man, and an “art lab”. Apart from of­fer­ing life­style goods such as ap­parel, sta­tionery, table­ware, scented can­dles and other decor ac­ces­sories, there are art jam­ming ses­sions and work­shops led by pro­fes­sion­als. There’s even a lithog­ra­phy ma­chine, so you can pick up print­mak­ing, which is a large part of the artist-founder’s prac­tice.

Be­sides con­cep­tu­al­is­ing SRPS, Wong even de­signed the en­tire space by him­self. He in­cor­po­rated ideas and el­e­ments from three art move­ments and ar­chi­tec­tural styles – the Mem­phis style that fo­cuses on clash­ing colours and geo­met­ric shapes, Bru­tal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture that is char­ac­terised by raw­ness of tex­ture (in par­tic­u­lar, raw con­crete), and the Bauhaus move­ment that unites fine arts with de­sign crafts­man­ship. These can be seen in the built-in struc­tures, choice of ma­te­ri­als and cus­tomised fur­ni­ture. The artist also used ma­te­ri­als and ob­jects un­con­ven­tion­ally and cre­atively, such as colourful rub­ber play­ground floor­ing, glass blocks for all the par­ti­tions, and chairs as dis­play plinths for the re­tail prod­ucts.

Lush green­ery has also been brought into the equa­tion. Wong col­lab­o­rated with nat­u­ral­ist Amos Tan on the green wall, which is around 3m high and 10m wide, and a palu­dar­ium with plants from the Ama­zon.

Head over any time of the day, whether for a de­li­cious meal, tea (or cof­fee) break, or some re­tail ther­apy! STEAMROOM WITH THE PIL­LAR AND STONES IS AT # 03- 08 OR­CHARD CEN­TRAL, TEL: 6592- 0571, WWW. SRPS. SPACE.

RIGHT, BOT­TOM There are no solid walls – mostly glass block par­ti­tions are used to zone the space, al­low­ing more light through.

RIGHT & FAR RIGHT The artist-founder was in­spired by the Mem­phis, Bru­tal­ist and Bauhaus move­ments, and it re­flects in the way he uses ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate func­tional fea­tures within the space. RIGHT, MID­DLE In the “kaf­fatea” room, teas from China and Tai­wan are brewed us­ing a steam­punk ma­chine, through an ag­i­ta­tion process that main­tains the tea’s ideal tem­per­a­ture and in­ten­sity.

OP­PO­SITE Span­ning over 5,000sqf, SRPS com­bines a tea­house, an 80-seater restau­rant, a life­style bou­tique and an art space.

LEFT Lots of green­ery is in­tro­duced into the mod­ern, ur­ban set­ting. Be­sides a large green wall, herbs are grown in-house and used in the food of­fer­ings. Pic­tured is the re­tail and art space.

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