Tei by o’bond

[tei] by O’Bond, also known as Diam Diam Eh (Slow Buddy) - Ming Ming Tea and Wine Research Room, fashioned a melodic chapter of tea flavors expressing memories inherent to Taiwan. Through empirical analysis, the founder reveals his research and re-interpretation of taste and aroma to configure a delicate tea cocktail, expanding the experience and knowledge of taste buds, as well as the usual perception and imaginations of the taste of tea and wine.

The rusted red iron wall and the bark-covered door gracefully narrates a story of warmth among tea, wine, and humanity. The building foundation faces Guangfu South Road, where the traffic constantly roars. Created from the concept of Space Installation Within Space, the circulation configuration extends an invitation to visitors to traverse and become part of the poetic landscape.

The low-key and plain entrance is situated within a dark and narrow alley, an existence that neither welcomes nor rejects. Accompanied by the stirring noise of fermentation, the dim and obscure light next to the feet slowly crawls forward in accordance with the grille shadow. Following the steps steadily, the heart settles down. Brimming with sunshine, the tea room enlightens those present. The tea pavilion, filled with fragrance, co-creates the daily landscape with long benches. It reminds one of the tranquil yet intimate sceneries long ago in the park, where grandpa always enjoyed the shade under the trees.


The business owner reflected on past moments filled with the aroma of tea and shisha in the air when she studied fashion design in Japan.  During that time, she found comfort in shisha bars often located in the apartments of Tokyo.
In a bar, people could feel the ebb and flow of time while holding a cup of brewed tea. They become fascinated in the beauty of impermanence and imperfection. In the place where people set their mind free, they share and resonate with what they have experienced and learned.

The platypus cafe


In addition, we combine the display function on weathered wood in the space, and the curved landscape places seats that can be moved as needed. Guests sit surrounded by weathered wood and cacti, facing the raised coffee bar, watching the barista's performance in the space

Ancestral Residence


City / taipei
Year / 2018
Photographer / Lee Guomin
From / Radius interior design

The homeowner stated that the building, constructed by the grandpa, brick by brick, is teeming with memories of three generations, hoping that
the nearly hundred-year-old ancestral residence could be passed down from generation to generation.

With the old house that has been handed down, we contemplated on how to retain the memories as well as catering to the daily needs and lifestyles
today. We stripped it down to the original layout, adding a light touch with plain materials. “Bareness” has become our core concept in planning this
ancestral residence.

The building itself is a long, narrow, four-story construction with single-sided natural light and excessively long circulation. First, the locations of the
main stairs and elevator were set, with iron plates serving as the stair structure and the treads perforated to let vertical light in. This being the center,
the space and circulation on each floor were laid out.

We hope to pass on the memories of three generations in going upstairs in the excess vertical space. As the ancient house was mainly built with
red brick walls, we cut and removed the surface material of the stair walls on the first and second floors, baring the red brick structure, to retain its
original look as our design origin. The initial texture of the overall building materials was preserved, new and old echoing each other in time and space.


Residential of Lee

City / taipei
Year / 2018
Photographer /Lee Guomin
From / Radius interior design

This case is the renovation of a 40-year-old apartment, which will become home for a family of four. The biggest problem with the current old apartment lies in the cramped, confined space resulting from compartments as well as low ceilings and beams.

First of all, we plan the walkway circulation using simple building mass design, clearly separating public and private areas. All the doors are designed as hidden doors, blending in the material. The visual space is maximized with the axis lengthened by leveling the elevation and extending the material.

A substantial amount of hand-applied plain-colored paint is used in the space to neutralize spatial color intensity. Materials that symbolize nature, like stone, wood grain and special paint, are employed to create the symbiosis between man and nature with the changes of light and shadows. The living space evokes a sense of coziness for both the body and the mind, delivering a perfect, elaborate feast for the eyes as well as other senses.