It’s not easy to create a rustic, homely feeling modern restaurant the heart of Hong Kong’s urban jungle of glass and steel. But, Yabu Pushelbergformed a sequence of intimate, natural spaces for restaurant Arbor. Located in H Queen’s, the fine-dining restaurant gives panoramic views of Hong Kong’s frenetic streets and bustling harbor.
The contemporary restaurant has three rooms with three distinct characters: a bar, the main dining room, and a private dining space. The bar’s predominant palette is a blush-toned pink. An arced ceiling gives a cocooning effect. Cloisters give glimpses into the larger dining room with access through a series of custom open-weave metal mesh ‘gates’.
Yabu Pushelberg crafted a design narrative around a loving couple that welcomes travelers and friends into their home for a feast surrounded by nature and art. They opted for a palette, design features, and luxury furniture that was rustic and rooted in nature. The outdoors was their main source of inspiration:
We wanted to create an environment that was a calm escape from [the bustle]. Coincidentally, it ties to the origin of the restaurant’s name which translates to ‘tree’ in Latin. Our design intention was to nurture the arts and add another layer to what the building and area represents to the city.
Dalloyau, Hong Kong
Yabu Pushelberg designed the newly opened Hong Kong location of French pastry and macaron house Dalloyau. The entrance features a custom-made brass gate that depicts a map of Paris from 1802, the year that the company’s first location opened in that city.
Laser-cut metal panels in the private dining room are backlit to emulate traditional molding, and a pair of wire light fixtures hang above the custom-made table.
The fine-dining room dazzles with both mirrored and black-glass walls, hand-painted murals, custom furnishings, and a fumed-oak ceiling with an abstract-rose pattern.
A forest-themed mural encircles banquettes in the dining area, which has views of the garden—a modern version of a classic French garden—and Hong Kong’s harbor. A mahogany-and-plum-glass wine room adds interest to the modern dining room.
Extraordinary things happen when you combine a c.1835 architectural masterpiece with the stylistic nous of the reigning pioneer of both disco culture and boutique hospitality. Enter The London Edition, a spectacular hotel redesigned by Studio 54 founder come boutique hotelier Ian Schrager, in collaboration with the architecture firm Yabu Pushelberg.
Located in London’s Fitzrovia area, the hotel occupies a row of exquisite Georgian townhouses, that was converted into a hotel in the early 90s, and have since been refurbished by Schrager’s team. The final design impeccably balances aristocratic Edwardian grandeur with a confident modern slickness, a no-brainer must-eat when in London.
Clement at Peninsula Hotel, New York
The 23-storey, beaux arts-style oasis on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street is undoubtedly one of the greats, designed by Yabu Pushelberg and showcasing Clement restaurant. The New York dining scene is not only fickle but highly saturated. And yet, with Clement, the restaurant seems to have what it takes to stick around. Yabu Pushelberg’s design inspiration was the idea of a consummately appointed New York home, and the food, courtesy of chef de cuisine Brandon Kida is refined.
It is no longer good enough to be a beautiful hotel with a grand lobby and lavish rooms, and thus, the Peninsula experience is tailored for each region with the Peninsula Academy, a bespoke program where guests can partake in the local culture, history, lifestyle, cuisine, and art through personalized activities and excursions. The feeling of luxury at the Peninsula New York never crosses over into excess. Everything simply feels right, from the extremely high level of services to something as subtle as the material used in the furnishings.
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