Designing for a sustainable lifestyle

Innovative Hong Kong designer Stefano Tordiglione is deservedly proud of his studio’s work on Treehouse, a cool vegetarian eatery which opened in Soho last September.

Founded by Christian Mongendre, Treehouse has quickly established a devoted clientele for its fresh, locally-sourced, sustainably-grown menu items. For Stefano, it was essential the design embraced Mongendre’s vision for a plant-based, made from scratch, fast-casual restaurant.

“Our design is a harmony of natural and eco-friendly materials, which aims to reflect the food and culture of the restaurant – plant-based, high-quality and environmentally-friendly,” he says.

From the prominent, treehouse-shaped logo at the entrance, to the warm and earthy space within, the references to the treehouse concept are unmistakeable, with the liberal use of plant-based materials and lead-free eco-cement.

The wood-lined interior features Kirei wood and bamboo furnishings on table-tops, menu slates, wall coverings and other decorative details. The material palette favours original colours and finishes wherever possible.

Stefano, the founder of ST Design, says the design embodies Treehouse’s deep commitment to sustainable development. “We wanted to create an oasis in this busy concrete jungle, a homely space that triggers emotional responses such as enjoyment, reflection and sense of belonging.

“It is not only a sustainable restaurant, but also an opportunity for a sustainable lifestyle.”

Best Bar and Restaurant is one of the Interior Design categories in A&D Awards 2020.