Hong Kong's Ultimate Suite

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 the hotel. 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 - 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, Tam plays with varying shapes, organic forms and objects, some taken from her private collection or commissioned. 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.

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