Magnificent floors for majestic estate

by Ofentse Sefolo
Magnificent floors for majestic estate

The 413-room Rosewood Hong Kong estate is located in the heart of the Victoria Dockside arts and design district on the glimmering Kowloon harbour front in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong’s new creative cultural epicentre. Over a decade of history went into creating the sophisticated luxury floors for the estate which accommodates both long and short stays.

Best interpretation of Cheng family tastes
Tony Chi, founder of tonychi studio and interior design and contractor for the estate, says the Rosewood Hong Kong pays homage to the Cheng family, the founding family of the Rosewood Hotel Group, and is the legacy of its surrounding community. He says the estate invites guests to escape into a rare world of residential magnificence with 322 elegant guestrooms, 91 suites and 18 signature suites and is the ultimate in refined comfort and luxury

“Upon arrival at the hotel, while taking in the luminous harbour views, you are greeted by the courtyard’s classic stone pavement. The tonychi studio design team used their skills to realise and refine the vision of the Cheng family to create the best interpretation of the collective tastes of the Cheng family, spanning lifetimes and connecting the past to the present, while adding a sense of whimsy and wonder to the intricately detailed estate,” says Tony.

A hotel transforms into a residential space
According to the interior designer, they transformed the idea of a traditional hotel into residential estate living with thoughtful planning going into the layout and content of the multitude of spaces. He says all public spaces and guest rooms play on the estate theme and are outfitted with contemporary decorative items, with the authentic use of luxurious, layered materials and bespoke furnishings, fixtures and finishes.

“Our team introduced innovative living room-like salons curated with themes, bespoke furniture, graphic patterns and design details, while reimaging the executive lounge, dynamic multi-chamber Manor Club and creating sky-high houses with en-plain air terraces and gardens. We included collectable curios and one-of-a kind storytelling objects similar to those found in a family mansion or home to complete the salons,” says Tony.

Fine wood floors and tartan carpets celebrated
The interior design studio founder says the guestroom floors are made mostly from woodwork by I.J. Peiser’s Sons fine wood floors, a fine wood flooring company with over a century of experience in creating superior, hand-finished floors using the highest quality materials. He says tartan style carpets with a modern spin adorn some of the guestrooms, while the bridal suite includes patterned stone inlay floors well suited to the luxurious feeling of this magnificent hotel.

“The estate is enhanced by access to the Manor Club executive lounge which provides exclusive privileges, with premium food and beverages served in a private sanctuary. This exclusive area of the estate features attractive ultra-residential interiors with stylish marble inlay and marquetry detailed floors creating an intimate atmosphere,” says Tony.

Geometric designs reflect “a sense of place”
Alison Chi, managing director of tonychi studio, says Rosewood Hong Kong’s event facilities are set on two floors and include impressive venues reflecting the refined spirit of the hotel, with 3200 square metres of meeting and event space enhanced by artfully landscaped gardens. She says the public areas in the event spaces have classical European geometric floors in high-polished Arabescato Rosali.

“Eight bars and restaurants are complemented by recreational facilities including the Asaya, signature holistic wellness facilities over two floors, spanning 3600 square metres. The bars and restaurants in the estate celebrate the city’s vibrant dining scene with décor taking an innovative approach to intimate lively dining, echoing the brand’s philosophy of ‘A Sense of Place’,” says the managing director.

Marble and wood create sophisticated spaces
According to Alison, the Holt’s Café provides a traditional high-end tea in a stylish parlour and Tea Conservatory that has patterned green Verde Issogne polished inlay floors with Arabescato marble. She says the glamorous Butterfly Room, with its classically European geometric floor in high-polished Arabescato Rosali, makes this space an inviting all-day lounge destination that serves refined savoury bites and artful pastries.

The DarkSide Bar is a sophisticated, timeless celebration of rare aged spirits, confident classic cocktails and sultry live jazz, all complemented by the fumed, quarter-sawn plank oak floors. The Legacy House Chinese restaurant, with its artful charcoal and white blended floors, honours the Cheng family heritage and pays homage to Dr Cheng Yu-Tung, patriarch of the family.

Committed to heritage artistry and craftsmanship
Alison says there is a commitment to heritage artistry and craftsmanship in the Rosewood Hong Kong, with longstanding family-run, generations-old creative collaborators and hand-crafted makers working with the design team to create an enduring, one-of-a-kind impression. She says they aimed to create a transformative hospitality experience with contemporary decor and floors that take cues from the turn-of-the-century arts and crafts movement included in this estate.

“Our team collaborated with countless artists and artisans from Italian luxury furniture maker Giorgetti to metal craftsman Capoferri and Brooklyn’s Lisa Stimpson, who uses verre églomisé, a historic glass gilding process found throughout the Palace of Versailles. Modernist styles were combined with rich, layered materials and understated luxurious floors to best reflect the glamour and combined taste befitting the ‘Estate on the Majestic Harbour’ and its ensuing legacy,” says Alison.

Acknowledgement and thanks go to tonychi studio for the information contained in this article.

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