The Afternoon Tea in NYC

Capstone Thesis of B.F.A.

Fall 2018
Prof. Xiaoyi Xing, Prof. Hang Shang
Ge Bai

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Project Statement:

With the economic independence of modern women, their social status has been rapidly improved, and to have more leisure time to spend. However, in China, there are still limited spaces serving the female population exclusively. Women cannot find a sense of belonging in society. Therefore, this project is to create a new social experience for urban women. According to the survey, the hangout space should meet the following needs: having afternoon tea, reading, arranging flowers, manicuring, massaging, visiting an art gallery, and so on.

Concept Statement:

Georgia O'Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. As space only served women, her attitude can represent modern women. As a result, I use her painting to decorate interior space.

Site Address

871 ACE Heavy Industry Factory in Kunming, Yunnan, China.







Building Analysis

The interior design preserves part of the original industrial framework, restoring the architectural and street features of New York at the peak of industrial development, highly catering to the historical background and style of the heavy factory. At the same time, Kunming has a pleasant climate and sufficient light, and is known as the "flower capital". Therefore, a large number of green plants are used to decorate the interior of this project.

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Interior Floor Plan

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3D Views Renderings

The interior part mainly adopts the Art Deco style prevailing in the industrial revolution. The entrance takes advantage of the height of the floors to create a street feel in New York. The top floor is full of light to make a roof garden. Georgia O'keeffe's work is used for decoration.


Interior Design Rendering - Day


Interior Design Rendering - Night

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Functional Space Rendering


Flower Arranging Area Rendering


Massage Area Rendering


Reading Area Rendering (manicure available)


Decoration Corner Rendering


Golden Gate Bridge Rendering


Bridge Sideview Rendering


Art Gallery Rendering

Furniture design

The inspiration for the furniture comes from the poppy painting by O'keeffe. The four chairs (petals) and a table (pistil) become a complete poppy flower as if growing from the ground.

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