The Residence of Tsai, Ho-Yuan
Want-Want China was originated in Taiwan and expands its operation to Japan, Singapore and China. Its family business was launched at the residence of Tsai, Ho-Yuan on Cheng-te Road, Taipei. The house is one of the earliest storefront architecture after Taiwan was recovered from Japan. It is now a rare and valuable piece of ancient heritage. Six decades have passed, now President Tsai of Want Want wishes to renovate the building into its initial looks and has been looking for a well-reputed company of master craftsmanship to fulfill that wish.
The main body of the architecture has not been maintained for years. A professional team is highly needed to restore its grace from sixty years ago. This is the first time Yung-Shing Furniture is commissioned to make a wooden staircase. To make the structure strong enough to sustain for centuries, we went through a lot of literatures and documents and made a lot of inquiries. A lot of efforts were made and every precaution was taken in every step of the making process to overcome all problems in the crafting. From manufacturing to assembly, everything has to be taken into overall consideration. The wood structure of a staircase is very different from that of furniture, so the most difficult part is to change the material. The cutting and slicing of wood material takes the highest precision. If not careful, the precious wood might be damaged. The upright plates and the stepping plates have to be matched. A scale model of the staircase was firstly made in the factory and our own President Tsai of Yung Shing surveyed the site and made adjustments on the endurance and structure according to the actual environment and venue before supervising the manufacturing. Back then, architecture regulations are not as precise as what we have today, so little alterations had to be made to the material on-site. The assembly team has to take numerous challenges and spontaneous reactions to reach perfection. The renovation of the old floral window decoration on the walls of the Buddhist worshipping hall and the blending in between the old and new floral window decorations was a big test to the craftsmen's skills, as well as their knowledge and sense of beauty.