Philippe Starck and his team play their magic on the J Plus Hotel in Hongkong.
When the pulsating city of Hongkong and the star designer Phillippe Starck come together, what is guaranteed is a design that will sweep you off your feet. That´s exactly what happens at the recently redesigned J Plus Hotel in the city. The fresh new look is styled for the pleasure of the high flying professionals and style conscious travelers who form the clientele of this hotel. Adopting the concept of an Urban Rennaisance, the designers have created a hotel that enhances the hospitality experience and provides a relaxing ambience for both foreign and local guests.
The drama begins at the exterior of the hotel, with a new-look fatade that showcases the buzzing street level lobby. The original building had plain white tiles on the fatade, its very simple design is a classic of its time. To bring the building to life and create a statement, a large Renaissance style portrait is now painted on the exterior. ´We have focused on colour to help create a sense of identity for the building, shown through some fun ways,´ says the spokesperson from Starck by yoo. A series of suspended frames within the windows border the view from both sides. These double-sided frames sandwich crystal-cut lights that refract the light through yellow, orange and red cut glass. These glass panels are inscribed with Chinese motifs of coins, dragons and bamboo and have been introduced as symbols of good fortune.
The bright colours extend into the suites to turn up the volume and spirit of the space. Inside, the lobby features clay tiles on the floors, which are covered with vivid-coloured graffiti rugs to tie in with the exterior, and a selection of eclectic furniture pieces upholstered in exotic textiles like those from Scottish design studio Timorous Beasties.
The comprehensive makeover includes the redesign of the hotel´s 32 luxurious studios and 24 stylish suites, all now washed in bold and bright colours. The highlight of the lobby is the Babette chair by Fratelli Boffi, a classic piece which gives this project a familiar touch. The shape is both traditional yet playful in the context of a modern hotel lobby.
Pieces of art
A portrait by Gainsborough, altered by Chad Wys and manufactured by Mineheart is also seen in the hotel adding quirkiness. The ceiling light in the lounge ´Dear Ingo´, manufactured by Moooi and designed by Gilad also adds a playful touch to the space with its sculptural look and feel. Starck´s Hudson rocking chairs, with arms that he designed for Emco, also find place in this hotel. A legendary chair in its own right, this is not just a piece of furniture, it is a piece of art which has a permanent place at the MOMA in New York.
A pretty fusion of style, luxury and art, the design of this hotel is sure to put it on the design lovers´ wish list.
Yoo by Philippe Starck