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Ivy Shih Translated by Cara Steenstra
once wrote that everyone should have a spiritual sanctuary.
This sanctuary could be a mountaintop, Disneyland, the
view from a hotel window, a corner of your study or
even a warm shoulder, so long as it is a place where
you can rest when you are tired and relax your mind
to achieve a moment of peace.
By pure coincidence, I discovered my own spiritual sanctuary,
a little jewelry workshop and cafe. It is a place where
good coffee is served to good friends. This workshop
recently moved to the lovely green HuiZhong Street.
The premises are pretty big, situated in a stylistically
simple building, combining the stainless steel and original
timber structures. The delicate soft lighting gives
it a toned down atmosphere, quite different from the
usual glamour and brilliance of most jewelry workshops.
As you walk along the fenced path towards the studio,
you will see handmade wooden tables matched with blue-gray
colored wooden chairs or stools, giving it a rustic
feel. The wooden menu is hung on the wall; if you want
anything tasty to eat or drink, just grab a pencil and
write it down yourself. The style is relaxed but the
food is definitely delicious. Their specialty coffees,
not often seen in other places, includes the Indian
Malaba with a hint of sesame, or the Simbaway that has
a fruity aroma. Also available are tea drinks such as
the grapefruit tea, preserved date tea and mountain
plum tea. These all contain the unique touches of the
two owners, giving these teas a special flavor. Their
special light meals include the goose liver pate toast,
banana and peanut toast and mince with five-grain rice.
All contain a certain special essence of their own.
Of course, when you come to Yi-Lauren, you cannot leave
empty handed. Browse through the display of jewelry
at the workshop or flip though the designer's portfolio.
Each piece is unique, as if all custom made for different
individuals. Truth is, every item from this studio has
been created through discussion between the designer
and the customer. A sketch is made according to the
customer's individuality and a decision is made with
the customer regarding the style, material and cost.
Whether you are looking for something extravagant, delicate,
unusual or simple, the importance is to find something
that suits you.