Hong Kong’s Hotel ICON Unveils Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam
Renowned Fashion Designer’s Pays Tribute to Her Alma Mater
Hong Kong -- As part of its mission to showcase iconic artists and designers, Hong Kong’s celebrated Hotel Icon unveiled a suite specially created by fashion designer Vivienne Tam, an alumnus of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), which owns Hotel Icon. The collaboration represents a homecoming of sorts for the New York-based designer whose brand of “China chic” is renowned worldwide.
Against the sweeping views of an equally iconic feature of Hong Kong – Victoria Harbour – Ms Tam set out to create a one-off suite inspired by her New York flat and exuding a blend of chinoiserie and modernity, a signature of her style.
The 80 square meter pad located on the 27th floor of the hotel references modern design, Chinese accents and the principles of feng shui to render the room an effortless elegance and chic simplicity. It is both a peek into Vivienne Tam’s private world and an expression of her ideal proverbial home-away-from-home.
Starting with a palette of rich woods and textured marble, Ms Tam plays with varying shapes, organic forms and objects, some taken from her private collection or commissioned. “Like one’s home, this space is meant to change and grow. I wanted it to be uncluttered, a free space to dream,” Ms. Tam exerts.
Upon entering the suite, one is inescapably drawn to the view. But a quick nudge to look up will reveal a ceiling designed to resemble a Chinese screen. In the living room, the deep red sofa --”ploum” by the Bouroullec brothers — sits like a damsel in a sea of wood, from the center table made of solid Japanese cherry wood to the raw wood slab that forms the desk. The white relief artwork is a found object from her New York home, while all the books are from her private library. One aspect they all have in common is a raw textural quality begging to be touched.
Enter the bedroom and shades of Shanghai’s Art Deco period come to mind – a sultry purple bed, a decorative bedside lamp, the shock of red velvet carpet, and Chinese courtesan plaques. Ms Tam also custom-made a number of art pieces including a portrait of “Opera Girl,” made entirely of Swarovski crystals. She created the character for her line of accessories in 2011 inspired by the Chinese Kun opera.
“This is a particularly special collaboration for us for two reasons. It underscores Hotel Icon’s mission to be unlike any other while at the same time showcasing and celebrating one of our truly own homegrown talents,” said Richard Hatter, General Manager of Hotel ICON.
To mark the launch of the Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam, Hotel ICON presents the Vivienne Tam Urban Retreat package. This exclusive package includes:
- A night’s accommodation in the designer’s new suite
- Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and mixed berries delivered to your room upon arrival
- A relaxing 90-minute massage for two at Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree
- A 7-course set dinner for two at the award-winning Above & Beyond Chinese Restaurant
- Breakfast for two at Above & Beyond Lounge
- Discount vouchers for gift purchases
- Exclusive access to Above & Beyond Club, allowing you to enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
Available from July 1st to August 31st, the Vivienne Tam Urban Retreat package starts from HKD 6000*.
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About Hotel ICON
Unlike any other, Hotel ICON is an upscale Hong Kong hotel in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East. Standing as a testament to Hong Kong’s creative energy and vibrant arts scene, Hotel ICON showcases work from the city’s celebrated designers and the world’s most acclaimed architects. Offering the ultimate in comfort and committed to service excellence, Hotel ICON’s 262 stylish guestrooms comprise seductive extras, including complimentary wired and Wi-Fi internet connections and an ultra-slim 40” Ultra High Definition LED TV. Located on level 9, Hotel ICON’s Angsana Spa is a tranquil oasis while the harbor-facing outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre allow guests to exercise while enjoying views of Hong Kong Island’s spectacular skyline. With a maximum capacity of 580 persons, Hotel ICON’s grand Silverbox ballroom is the ideal venue for a celebration or theatre-style conference. Hotel ICON houses three restaurants: Above & Beyond, The Market and GREEN, providing guests with exceptional quality of the food and impeccable service. wallpaper* magazine included Hotel ICON in its 2011 list of the world’s Best Business Hotels and earned a coveted spot in the Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘Hot Tables 2012’ list.