De­sign Mas­ter­class

From the 546-room Kerry Ho­tel to Tate Din­ing Room and Bar’s new home, Adam White looks at how these projects bring the unique sen­si­bil­i­ties of their de­sign­ers into play

Hong Kong Tatler Homes - - FRONT PAGE - Kerry Ho­tel by An­dré fu

Three new Hong Kong projects bring the unique sen­si­bil­i­ties of their de­sign­ers into play

In­te­rior de­signer An­dré Fu’s lat­est project was no sim­ple project. The 546-room Kerry Ho­tel in Hung Hom opened in late April, billing it­self as the city’s first ur­ban re­sort. And as the first ho­tel to open on the Kowloon wa­ter­front in more than 20 years, the pres­sure was on.

An­dré was a strong choice to cre­ate the ho­tel’s aes­thetic: he is the cre­ative force be­hind ma­jor prop­er­ties such as the Up­per House in Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore’s Fuller­ton Bay Ho­tel and the Opus Suite at the Berke­ley Lon­don.

But one thing that An­dré may not have been ready for was the ho­tel’s sheer scale. “The vast­ness of the ho­tel is, in many ways, con­tra­dict­ing to my de­sign phi­los­o­phy,” says An­dré, “that’s partly the rea­son why I was at­tracted to the project in the first place. I wanted to chal­lenge my­self to cre­ate a sense of in­ti­macy and to in­fuse lifestyle qual­i­ties into a size­able ho­tel.”

To de­liver that in­ti­macy, “I de­lib­er­ately carved the space into in­ti­mate pock­ets,” says An­dré, cre­at­ing or­gan­i­cally shaped fur­nish­ings de­signed to “em­brace cus­tomers into their own co­coon of com­fort.”

But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t de­liver on gran­deur. To match the ur­ban re­sort theme, the ho­tel’s lobby boasts an 80m-long, eight-me­tre-high win­dow pro­vid­ing stun­ning views of am­ple green­ery and the har­bour be­yond it. Sculp­tural fea­tures de­liver a sim­i­larly fluid aes­thetic.

Up­stairs, the Hung Tong restau­rant shifts gears to some­thing more in­ti­mate. “I wanted to in­tro­duce a note of in­dus­try,” says An­dré, “a nod to the area’s past as a cen­tre for trade.” The restau­rant com­bines raw brick with ware­house de­tail­ing, vin­tage-in­spired arm­chairs and 1960s win­dow frames, a mod­ern take on the dock­yards of old Hung Hom. “This sub­con­scious in­ter­play of moder­nity and a ‘re­laxed’ sense of the re­sort is key to the ex­pe­ri­ence,” says An­dré.

eye candy An­dré Fu worked with the own­ers to se­lect over 1,000 art­works for Kerry Ho­tel, in­clud­ing two stat­ues by Ju Ming. One is sit­u­ated in the lobby, while the other (pic­tured here) takes pride of place on the out­door ter­race next to the lobby

pic­ture per­fect From top: The ho­tel’s lobby looks out over the wa­ter­front and lush green­ery; a sketch of the lobby from the de­sign process

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