San Francisco and Beijing based Kupa studios have designed and branded many of my favourite places in Beijing. I love the clarity and consistency of the works, which appeals to both Laowai and Chinese consumers (all be it, the ones with money).

From the bold black and white patterns of Modo, to the more restrained and slightly more upmarket Mosto and Apothecary, all of their design projects carry an air of quality, something unseen in Beijing. Surely the fact that each venue is always packed shows that good design in Beijing should be a careful consideration(as well as good grub), rather than a fly by night ‘hip’ joint, copying Wallpaper* magazines hippest joint that month. Have a look at some pictures below…

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