Renowned Fashion Designer’s Pays Tribute to Her Alma Mater
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.
“As an alumnus of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, it is an honour to take on this challenging project. It’s my way of contributing to the very school that nurtured my interest in fashion design,” Ms Tam says.
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.