Coffee shops around the world have been criticised for all looking the same. Dark hues, exposed bricks, upcycled wood, Edison lightbulbs, cacti and copper accents. What was once seen as a contemporary homage to the rise of Starbucks and Silicon Valley, is now considered a mere symbol of conformity to millennial capitalism.
Joe Molloy, Founding Director of Tradelinens, grew up in Belfast; a city made famous very many years ago as being home to the ﬁnest linen manufacturers in the world and it was here he learnt everything he knows about cloth production. During his time as a trainee, he was taught that in the quest for perfection no aspect was to be overlooked, no detail too small. Places change and times change but 34 years on, the same principles he was taught in Northern Ireland apply today at Tradelinens.
The project is the first China branch of the age-old Jazz brand from New York City, the Blue Note Jazz Club. The site is the former American consulate to the Qing dynasty, a landmark project in itself and just a 30-minute walk from the Forbidden Palace in Beijing.