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Domesticating the Hotel Experience

Award-winning Hong Kong architect Joyce Wang presents her vision of a luxury ‘home away from home’ in the first of two suites for The Landmark Mandarin Oriental.

Domesticating the Hotel Experience

Hotels have invested much time looking at ways to recreate all the comforts of home for guests who are – well – away from the familiarity of their own. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has just collaborated with Joyce Wang to design two new luxury suites based on the idea of a ‘home away from home’.

The first, aptly called The Apartment Suite, has just been completed. It spans 1,500 square feet and takes pride of place on the uppermost floor of the hotel.

Joyce Wang and her team wanted guests to feel welcome the moment they stepped through the door. Upon entering the suite, guests are greeted by a statement minibar – thus making the service apparent from the very start. From the entrance, one then moves into a bright and open plan living area filled with furnishings custom-designed in a palette of gold, caramel and royal blue. The floors are covered in natural wood and the space is decorated in specially commissioned artworks.

The dining area is designed to impress. It comes with a cocktail bar and a pantry to display gourmet treats. A bespoke perforated brass chandelier illuminates this space, and the six-seater dining table underneath it features a crackled gesso-finish that mimics the beauty of natural bark.

Wang’s elegant aesthetic and eye for detail can be found in every corner. Luxurious soft leather has been used on furniture supports to ‘soften’ the space and provide a level of personalisation. Sumptuous sofas and armchairs ‘hug’ guests when they sit, while the quilted leather headboard in the bedroom creates an intimate enclosure when they rest their head.

Hand painted silk wall panels, hand tufted rugs and natural skins also come together to present a statement of understated luxury and comfort. And, showing that all elements have been considered down to the last detail, the cabinetry and partition doors feature custom door timber handles to give the spaces added tactility and warmth; minibar drawers are lined with cork to soften noise and keep items in place; and custom reading lamps have been incorporated into the bed’s upholstered headboard.

Another consistent thread coming through is the forged language between custom ribbed metal and Lucite – these materials have been combined to create unique details throughout the scheme.

One thing’s for sure. Everywhere they look, guests will find something new to discover and hopefully, something to remind them of the comforts of home…. or what they wished their home would be.

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