The Landmark Mandarin Oriental guest rooms, Hong Kong, China
The most annoying thing about hotel rooms, according to Hong Kong interior designer Joyce Wang, is the 'bits and pieces of folio jackets, room service menus, notepads, and magazines splayed about such that every valuable surface area previously designed for the guest has been taken up by hotel paraphernalia.'
So, when commissioned to revamp the Mandarin Oriental’s Landmark property’s 113 guest rooms the first thing the 32-year-old designer did was to create areas to house these items, most notably with softly lit storage niches in an art deco-style television console.
This attention to detail along with the introduction of translucent materials such as acrylic for the base of desks and glass rods in elegant bedside sconces create a sense of spaciousness. Wang’s trademark obsession with craftsmanship is also on show with unusual ‘personal pantries’ suspended on brass rods and featuring a crystal vitrine that holds edible treats created by the hotel's chef, Richard Ekkebus.
'The design concept embraces the level of attention usually found in luxury items such as leather handbags and tailored shoes,' says Wang whose sumptuous rugs, for example, are based on water-colour paintings of crocodile, lizard, ostrich and shagreen skins. Other natural references for this very urban sanctuary include a crackled gesso finish dining table reflecting the subtle beauty of bark found on a tree; and hand-painted silk wall coverings featuring an over-sized moiré wood grain pattern.