The Langham, Hong Kong Celebrates New Signature Suites

Hong Kong luxury hotel presents stylish signature suites with personality

Completing the first phase of its extensive USD30 million facelift in September last year, The Langham, Hong Kong unveils its latest addition of stylish signature suites that heightens its new era of luxury.

“We are proud to introduce two new signature suites, the Penthouse Suite and Director Suite. Only one of each kind, these suites provide luxury at its finest,” said the hotel’s Managing Director Shaun Campbell. “Both suites have personalities of their own, reflecting elements in which the hotel is located.”

International award-winning G.A Design was appointed to create a luxury residential experience with exquisite attention to detail. The inspiration was to design an individual look for each suite and capture the character and culture of the hotel’s residence. Both suites feature distinctive living spaces with character pieces.

Surrounded by luxury designer stores, the Penthouse Suite (125 square meters) recalls the fashion houses in Europe. The opulent two-bedroom suite features soft color tones of cream, silver, and touches of red-violet, incorporating a living room with a decorative fireplace and a dining room that can accommodate up to six people. Styled with hand-crafted furniture that boasts meticulous pleating and silk upholstery, the Penthouse Suite is embellished with one-of-a-kind art pieces, diamond-cut mirror paneling, crystal chandeliers, and lifestyle furnishings.

Additionally, the Penthouse Suite encompasses two bathrooms that have immaculate bathing areas and separate showers, all made from Italian marble. The spare guest bathroom and luxurious toiletries provide guests with world-class comfort and convenience.

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The design journey for the Director Suite (89 square meters) was initially influenced by the Avenue of Stars, only mere minutes away from where the hotel resides. Exuding warmer colors of black, grey and sepia, this spacious one-bedroom suite harmoniously blends Asian elements while still expressing its own artistic individuality. Featuring jewel accents and polished veneer, finished with high gloss, nickel, Lucite, and glass, the entrance sets the stage with monochromatic mirror walls that lead to the living room where character pieces are smartly situated. Discerning travelers can watch a film on an oversized 46-inch high-definition smart television, enjoy reading a vintage book of the extensive library collection or conduct business on the custom-made working desk and director’s chair. Adjacent to the living room is the dining room where up to six guests can be seated for intimate parties.

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The Director Suite has a luxurious bathroom with an oversized bath and an independent rain shower. There is also a supplemental guest bathroom where both are made with imported white and gold marble and feature indulgent bath products as well.  

Offering not only clever bespoke detailing, guests who book either signature suites will gain preferential privileges such as access to the Langham Club lounge, a personal Guest Experience Manager and a dedicated Shopping Butler.

Both suites also showcase full trays of assorted spirits, iHome docking stations, Wedgwood chinaware, and crystal glassware, and his and her accessories set. Fresh flowers and chilled champagne will welcome guests to experience a five-star stay at this residence of choice. 

Later this year, the hotel will begin the second phase of its transformation with additional room refurbishment, including one more signature suite. 

The Langham, Hong Kong

The Langham, Hong Kong epitomizes timeless European elegance and is located in the heart of vibrant Kowloon. Situated next to Canton Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, the hotel is surrounded by the luxury flagship stores of the world’s most famous designer labels and mere minutes away from the historic Star Ferry with glittering Victoria Harbour as its backdrop. The hotel features 498 luxurious guest rooms and suites finished with the finest fabrics, hardwood floors, and hand-woven carpets, and fully equipped with Blissful Beds, iHome docking stations and wireless broadband internet connection. Attractions range from the legendary two Michelin-starred T’ang Court Cantonese restaurant, “The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood” at the Palm Court lobby lounge and artisanal cocktails at the award-winning bar concept from London called Artesian. Guests can relax at the rooftop swimming pool or retreat to The Langham Club lounge that offers all-day canapés and refreshments.

For more details, please visit www.hongkong.langhamhotels.com.

ASIA MILES’ MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE FLIGHT TO BUZZING BANGKOK With over 200 Exclusive Complimentary Local Experiences and Travel Offers

Asia Miles’ 20th-anniversary celebrations continue with another exciting launch of four Member-Exclusive Flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with a vibrant and diverse lifestyle that offers something for everyone. Members can also choose from over 200 exclusive complimentary local experiences** and travel offers that are bound to satisfy every type of travel personality!

Asia Miles and Marco Polo Club members can redeem seats for one-way or round-trip flights on Cathay Pacific A330 aircraft through the designated webpage. In addition, they can match a one-way member-exclusive flight with other scheduled Cathay Pacific flights to fit their individual preferences and itineraries.

Starting today, Silver-tier and above members of Marco Polo Club in Hong Kong and Thailand, as well as cardholders of American Express® Cathay Pacific Credit Card (Hong Kong/ Taiwan), Standard Chartered Asia Miles Mastercard (Hong Kong), Cathay United Bank co-branded card (Taiwan), Taishin Bank Cathay Pacific co-branded card (Taiwan) and China Citic Bank co-branded card (Mainland China) can enjoy a three-day priority redemption* starting from 8th July 2019. Other members can start redemption from 11th July 2019. 

*Please refer to our webpage for details.

In the true spirit of Happy Moments Everywhere, Asia Miles is taking a step further this summer, partnering with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (HK) to help members discover Bangkok like a local. Whether traveling solo or with friends, or with family and children, members can choose from over 200 exclusive complimentary local experiences such as a firefly-themed dining experience, award-winning spa treatments, interactive Thai cooking classes and more. To enjoy one of the complimentary experiences**, members have to redeem seats on CX8653 or CX8656 flight.

To make members’ journey more rewarding, Asia Miles is offering exclusive deals on hotels and travel experiences such as enjoying one night free at a luxurious and tranquil hotel, a complimentary 3-day car rental services, free chauffeured rides in Bangkok**, or up to 50% Miles off on redemption of hotel and travel experiences awards in Bangkok. For more details and terms and conditions, please visit our webpage.

Asia Miles is excited to continue creating more happy moments with members in Hong Kong and around the world. Stay tuned on all upcoming offerings!

**Each member is entitled to one complimentary travel experience on a first-come-first-served basis. 

About Asia Miles

Asia Miles, Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle rewards program, was launched in February 1999 and has more than 11 million members and over 800 program partners worldwide.

Asia Miles aims to deliver Life Rewarded and offers members extensive opportunities to earn miles by spending daily from a wide range of travel and lifestyle categories including flights, hotels, dining, financial services, retail, technology brands and much more.

With 25 airline partners, Asia Miles members can earn miles when flying to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide. With 400 dining partners to choose from, Asia Miles offers one of the largest ranges of lifestyle food & beverage options in Asia to earn miles.

In addition to flight awards, Asia Miles members can also redeem miles and enjoy fabulous awards such as hotel stays at 60,000 hotels, car rental services in 20 countries and over 35,000 lifestyle and experience awards.

Asia Miles is open to anyone aged 2 or above and is free to join.

Asia Miles Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, which gives members a variety of benefits that complement the privileges offered by Marco Polo Club, the loyalty program of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. Upon joining, Marco Polo Club members are automatically enrolled as members of Asia Miles to enjoy the best of both worlds.

For more information, please visit asiamiles.com.

GEMS & PEARL – AN ITALIAN CULINARY JOURNEY BRINGS ACCOLADED FEMALE CHEFS FROM ACROSS ITALY TO HONG KONG

Tosca di Angelo at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong proudly celebrates the unbound talents of amazing female chefs from Italy with the “Gems & Pearl – An Italian Culinary Journey” (2019-2020 Edition), curated by acclaimed food personalities Andrea Petrini and Florent Bonnefoy. Over the next 12 months, Chef Angelo Aglianó, Director of Tosca di Angelo, is inviting five prominent chefs from Italy to work with him to craft unique Italian dishes for guests to relish and provide the opportunity for Hong Kong gourmets to meet these high- caliber international talents and savor their cuisines first hand.

For the first time, our five ambassadors, or “Gems”, are introduced to the Pearl of the Orient – Hong Kong – to work with the Tosca di Angelo team to create exclusive, one-off dishes melding the talents and unique styles of each chef with Chef Angelo’s. The Festival takes you from the inner Tuscan countryside to the Italian-Slovenian border; from the family rituals of Emilia- Romagna to Milan, center stage of elegance and design; and up to Salina Island, one of the best- kept gastronomic secrets in the Mediterranean. This all-exclusive, all-women line-up is ready to impress.

“When I was little, I lived with my mother and sisters back in Sicily. I used to think women were representations of finesse and gentleness. I never knew women could be so strong until I worked with a female restaurant director in Paris decades ago. Her passion and dedication to the kitchen and restaurant, not to mention the attention to details totally blew my mind,” Angelo recalls. “I am thrilled to welcome these amazing ladies from my home country to take the helm of Tosca di Angelo with me, curating unforgettable gourmet experiences that are going to impress our discerned diners.”

“I am proud to present this phenomenal guest chef series at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. This is Tosca di Angelo’s first time ever bringing in such immense female culinary talents. Without Angelo, the mastermind of this unique dining concept, and his talented team of ladies and gentlemen, this one-of-a-kind experience would not be possible,” says Pierre Perusset, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

The one to inaugurate this culinary journey will be the legendary Valeria Piccini from Caino restaurant in Montemerano, recipient of two Michelin stars for more than 20 years. Coming all the way from her native Tuscan hometown to Hong Kong for the very first time, Chef Valeria will be showcasing her earthbound, sensual Tuscan cuisine of pasta, mushrooms and the most delicate juicy meats with Angelo’s sunny, ultramarine cuisine in a seven-course menu, priced at HK$1,998, on November 21 and 22, 2019. This is truly a meeting of two worlds and two cultures connected by a passion for Italian cuisine!

 “Ge ms & Pea rl – An Italian Culinary Journey” – Valeria Piccini (Caino, Montemerano): Venue:  Tosca di Angelo, Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Date:               November 21 & 22, 2019

Time:              12nn – 2:30pm (Lunch) 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Dinner)

Price:              HK$1,998 for a 7-course menu

Upcoming schedule of “Gems & Pearl – An Italian Culinary Journey”:

November 21-22, 2019           Valeria Piccini (Caino, Montemerano)

January 2020                           Antonia Klugmann (L’Argine a Vencò, Dolegna del Collio) March 2020   Isa Mazzocchi (La Palta, Borgonovo Val Tidone)

June 2020                                Viviana Varese (Viva, Milan) September 2020        Martina Caruso (Signum, Salina Island)

For reservations, please contact Restaurant Reservations at (852) 2263 2270 or via email at  restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.

About Valeria Piccini

Born in the late fifties in Maremma, southern Tuscany, Valeria cut her teeth into the culinary world at Caino kitchen in the beautiful medieval town of Montemerano as the right arm of Angela Menichetti, her mother-in-law, and eventually taking the helm from her mentor when Angela retired. Caino received its first Michelin star in 1991, the same year that she opened Enoteca Perbacco, selling homemade sauces and products. A second Michelin star was awarded in 1998, still sustained to this day, and in 2005 Valeria was elected Grand Chef for Relais & Chateaux.

Valeria expanded her culinary web by sharing her expertise as a consultant for hotels and restaurants garnering a Michelin star for Winter Garden by Caino at St Regis, Florence. To experience Valeria’s cuisine is like a journey through time using innovative, light and modern techniques that not only respect seasonality and terroir but also taking diners through eight centuries of culinary history that is recreated for the 21st-century palate.

About Andrea Petrini & Florent Bonnefoy

Best known for being the Chair of the World Restaurant Awards, Andrea Petrini is a writer, journalist, food curator, cultural activist, and one of the most influential global food critics in the world. When he is not writing books or road-managing the avant-garde chefs’ posse GELINAZ!, he tours with art exhibition COOKBOOK, curated with French art theorist Nicolas Bourriaud.

Florent Bonnefoy is an entrepreneur, consultant and food curator working with clients on new food-related venture development, brand growth, and experience design. A speaker at industry events, he also writes and publishes perspectives and stories on people behind good food, world cuisines, new luxury and the future of restaurant rating systems.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is the highest hotel in the world. The hotel’s 312 guestrooms all offer spectacular city and harbor views. The hotel also features six dining venues including the state-of-the-art Michelin- starred Italian restaurant, Tosca di Angelo; two-star Michelin Chinese restaurant, Tin Lung Heen; Almas Caviar Bar serving the finest selection of caviar and Balik salmon; The Lounge and Bar, which features an international all-day dining menu; and Café 103, which serves signature chocolate afternoon tea. The rooftop bar, Ozone, is truly a stunning venue at 490 meters above sea level. For those wishing to relax and indulge, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong, located on the 116th floor, features nine deluxe treatment rooms and two couple’s suites, redefining the urban spa experience in the city and across Asia. The 118th floor of the hotel is home to a fully-equipped fitness center and an indoor pool area adorned with a 28m x 7m mirrored ceiling and high- resolution LED wall. Setting the benchmark for events in the region, the hotel boasts one of the largest ballrooms in the city at 870sqm. Complemented by an additional four meeting rooms, the ballroom has become the major social venue for Hong Kong. For more information, please visit  www.ritzcarlton.com/hongkong.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD., part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels and over 45 residential properties in 30 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

EXPLORE MODERN GERMAN CUISINE WITH MICHELIN-STARRED TWIN CHEFS MATHIAS AND THOMAS SÜHRING AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, HONG KONG

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong welcomes acclaimed chef duo Mathias and Thomas Sühring, from award-winning Sühring restaurant in Bangkok, to take up residency at The Krug Room from 12 to 13 September 2019 and Mandarin Grill + Bar on 14 September 2019. The visiting chefs will showcase their culinary talents elegantly paired with a collection of Krug Champagne, offering a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience not to be missed by gourmands.

Located in a beautifully restored townhouse in Bangkok, Sühring has become one of the most sought-after restaurants in the region since it opened in March 2016. Inspired by their childhood memories and family recipes, the twin chefs are renowned for their inventive German cuisine that has led the restaurant to place in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No. 13 in 2017 and rose to No. 4 for two consecutive years. They also debuted in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No. 45 this year, won their first Michelin-star in the inaugural 2018 Bangkok edition and holds two-star status today. 

Using only the finest seasonal ingredients, the German natives combine the essence of traditional dishes with contemporary Central European influences. During their residency, guests will experience their culinary philosophy through a 13-course tasting menu divided into three chapters. Chapter one introduces a range of snacks such as Leberkäse, a specialty from the south of Germany served at traditional beer gardens. It consists of ground pork and bacon that has a crunchy brown crust, accompanied by a warm pretzel.

Chapter two features mains including Aal Grün, which is a classic dish from Berlin. The eel is perfectly cooked in a broth and is served with a cucumber salad seasoned with sour cream, parsley, and dill. Another dish to highlight is Spätzle, a soft egg noodle that is widely considered a Swabian specialty. The traditional noodle dish offers a soft texture and is topped with black truffle for the ultimate combination of flavor and fragrance.

And finally, chapter three ends with a few sweet treats. One notable dessert to mention is the Omas Eierlikör, traditional German eggnog made from the twins’ grandmother’s secret recipe.

Available from 12 to 13 September 2019, the 13-course tasting menu is priced at HKD 3,888 per person and can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner at The Krug Room. Click here to view the full menu, which is complemented by four Krug Champagnes – Krug Grande Cuvée 167ème Édition, Krug 2004, Krug Rosé and Krug Grande Cuvée 160ème Édition. Parties of six or more people can choose to further elevate the experience by including the meticulous savoir-faire of the House of Krug – Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 at an additional cost of HKD 2,000 per person.

On 14 September 2019, guests can also experience the exclusive 13-course tasting menu priced at HKD 2,888 per person for lunch or dinner at Mandarin Grill + Bar. Click here to view the menu which includes one glass of Krug Grande Cuvée 167èmeÉdition, and the option to accompany the experience with a wine pairing carefully selected by the hotel’s resident sommelier at a supplement cost of HKD 1,488 per person.

For more information and reservations, please call +852 2825 4014 or email mohkg-krugroom@mohg.com. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge.

OZONE DEBUTS FIVE ELEMENTS COCKTAIL MENU ELEVATING COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE TO NEW HEIGHTS

Cocktail lovers rejoice as Ozone Bar Manager Oscar Mena debuts his Five Elements Cocktail Menu. In addition to the time-honored cocktails already on offer at Ozone, these newly launched concoctions are going to elevate your cocktail experience to new heights at the world’s highest bar.

“I have always been fascinated by how each element has its own place in this world while interacting and complementing each other,” said Oscar, the Mexican-born mixology maestro. His five new creations are named after the five most essential elements of life – Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Each of them resembles the essence, color or even flavor of its represented element.

Water, for example, is decorated with pearl-like yogurt bubbles in an oyster shell. Guests are not only reminded of the ocean visually by its eye-catching blue hue, but also by its savory hint of umami bitters. Coconut water is added to this vodka and sake-based cocktail to strike a balance.

Made with a base of Alipus Mezcal that’s aged in wooden barrels for a month before being served, Wood promises to impress with its smoky overtones. Stirred with dashes of chocolate bitters and Fernet Hunter, a bitter liqueur with aromas of lavender and citrus, this powerful cocktail of amazing complexity is Oscar’s personal favorite.

Reminiscing the earthy scent of the forest after the rain in Oscar’s childhood memories, Earth is another must-try item on the menu. Shiitake mushroom-infused rum creates the essence of Earth, while non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip Garden, and pandan syrup give floral notes to Oscar’s very own garden housed in a ceramic mug.

Beautifully presented in a metallic vessel, gin-based Metal demonstrates a harmonic symphony of flavors comprising the citrus notes from fizzy kombucha and lemon juice, and the delightful sweetness of Italicus and umeshu. Featuring carrot, blood orange and the pleasant fragrance of St~Germain Elderflower, whiskey-based Fire, spiced up with Thai chili tincture, tastes and looks as hot as its name suggests.

“If you taste the cocktails in the order of Water, Metal, Fire, Wood, and Earth, you are going to have a taste of how these five distinct cocktails strike a perfect flavor balance,” Oscar suggested.

A savory start with Water or refreshing kick-off with Metal helps get the palate ready for the powerful Wood and fierce Fire, while Earth wraps up the flavorful journey like desserts do.

Besides this newly launched menu, guests may also choose from the comprehensive traditional cocktail menu at Ozone. For more details about the Five Elements Cocktail Menu, please refer to the Appendix.

Ozone Five Elements Cocktail Menu

Venue:             Ozone, Level 118, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Date:                From now onwards

Price:               From HK$148 to HK$198 per cocktail

*All prices are subject to 10% service charge.  

For reservations, please contact Restaurant Reservations at (852) 2263 2270 or via email at restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.  

Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at David Zwirne

Philip-Lorca diCorcia
10 September–12 October 2019

David Zwirner, 5–6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

Opening reception: Tuesday 10 September, 6–8 PM

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Tokyo, 1994. Chromogenic print. 
© Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of work by celebrated American photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia (b. 1951), on view at the gallery’s Hong Kong location. The show will mark the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and his sixth with the gallery.

DiCorcia emerged in the 1980s as part of a generation of photographers who sought to explore and challenge the boundaries of the medium. Over the past three decades, he has become known for his planned and meticulously executed photographs involving a variety of individuals, including friends, relatives, anonymous strangers, pole dancers, and street hustlers, among others. Deploying his subjects in preconceived yet seemingly random positions and contexts, diCorcia’s images are far from candid snapshots, but rather explore the tension between the casual and the posed, the accidental and the fated. At once documentary and theatrical, his work operates in the interstices of fact and fiction.

The exhibition will feature a variety of photographs spanning the breadth of diCorcia’s influential career. Among the works shown will be a selection of early images from the 1980s. For these works, diCorcia photographed friends and family members in seemingly spontaneous moments that were, in reality, precisely arranged by the artist. While the images offer a unique view into diCorcia’s private world, they represent a highly mediated and controlled representation of these individuals and settings.

Several works from Hustlers will be presented as well. This iconic series from the early 1990s comprises photographs that diCorcia took in the vicinity of Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, of male and transgender prostitutes posed within motel rooms, on street corners and parking lots, and in the backseat of cars. The images are strikingly lit and saturated in rich colors, evocatively reflecting the individuality of the depicted figures. The title of each work indicates the name, age, and place of birth of the subjects, as well as the fee they would charge for their sexual services.

The exhibition will also explore how diCorcia has responded over the course of his career to the practices of notable street photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, and Garry Winogrand, reinventing the genre and challenging Cartier-Bresson’s popularized notion of the “decisive moment,” a spontaneously taken image that is meant to capture the essence of an instance or event. In Streetwork, executed between 1993 and 1997, diCorcia photographed pedestrians walking and interacting in the streets of various cities around the world, using artificial lighting—placed outside of the stationary camera’s visual field—to enhance the scene and imbue the individuals and everyday settings with gravitas. For Heads, a related group of works from the early 2000s, diCorcia used a hidden, overhead strobe light to illuminate unassuming individuals as they passed by on a busy street in New York’s Times Square, resulting in the depicted individual becoming a chance variable determined entirely by the coincidence of their presence on the street.

Also on view will be selections from a group of editorial projects that diCorcia conducted for magazine between 1997 and 2008. Employing his own models as well as people cast on the spot, these images weave together richly loaded narratives with a stylist’s selection of designer-brand clothes. The images sometimes appear far removed from the fashion industry’s traditional emphasis on formulaic beauty and harmony, and instead involve a delicate balance between glamour and grit, imagination and irony.

Concluding the exhibition will be works from East of Eden. Begun in 2008, this series takes as its source of inspiration the economic and political climate of the United States toward the end of the George W. Bush era. Identifying a parallel between the financial collapse and the biblical Book of Genesis, the series consists of singular, and at times disparate, images of people and events that are unified by a pervading sense of disillusionment. The series’s title refers to John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel, which echoes many of the themes in Genesis, such as the classic struggle between good and evil, the desire for acceptance and greatness, the capacity for self-destruction, and especially feelings of guilt and redemption.

In addition, a selection of diCorcia’s Polaroid photographs will be presented. Sometimes relating to specific series and other times depicting private scenes and nondescript locations, the Polaroids offer insight into the artist’s sensibility and visual preoccupations, and they constitute a discrete body of work in their own right.

Viewed together, the works on view offer a comprehensive overview of diCorcia’s career, revealing the visual and conceptual depth of his practice, and underscoring his significance as a major influence for younger artists today.

About the artist

Born in 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut, Philip-Lorca diCorcia attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received his MFA from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1979. The artist’s first museum solo exhibition was organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1993. His work has been represented by David Zwirner since 2007.

Venues that have hosted significant solo exhibitions include Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1997); Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2000); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2003); Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (2006); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2007); and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008).

In 2013, a major career-spanning survey of diCorcia’s work, consisting of over one hundred photographs from six series, was organized by the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. The exhibition traveled later that year to the Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands, followed by The Hepworth Wakefield, England, in 2014, and marked the most comprehensive presentation of his work in Europe to date.

Works by diCorcia are held in public collections internationally, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He lives and works in New York, and serves as senior critic at Yale University. Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at David ZwirneWorks by diCorcia are held in public collections internationally, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He lives and works in New York, and serves as senior critic at Yale University.

Mango Tree Brings Ancient Ayutthaya to Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour Following Spectacular Restaurant Makeover

Mango Tree Elements, the upscale waterfront restaurant in Kowloon’s Elements mall, has been revamped by Mai Chongchaiyo of  Steve Leung Hospitality in a style that blends classical and contemporary design

Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide, the leading Asian restaurant operator, has collaborated with one of the region’s most prestigious design studios to create a stunning new look for its popular Thai restaurant in Hong Kong.

Mango Tree Elements, which is located in the fashionable Elements mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, overlooking Victoria Harbour, has undergone an impressive makeover that draws its inspiration from the ancient city of Ayutthaya – the enchanting former capital of the Siamese Kingdom.

The project was overseen by Mai Chongchaiyo, who is Director of Design at Steve Leung Hospitality Ltd, the award-winning company that has worked on numerous high-end hospitality, retail and residential projects all across Asia. A Thai national with a degree in Interior Architecture from Bangkok’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University, Khun Mai was the perfect person to bring Thai heritage to Hong Kong’s harbourfront.

His interiors blend contemporary and classical elements, including extensive use of bare timber, exposed brick walls and other traditional materials, set against a backdrop of monochrome images depicting the exquisite temples of Ayutthaya – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Flowing through the design is the symbol of the mango, including playful silhouettes of mango flowers, leaves, and fruits on the walls and woven into the Thai silk furnishings. Combined with the wooden beams and pillars, this evokes a feeling of dining under a canopy of mango trees amid an ancient landscape.

Khun Mai explained that he wanted his design concept to take diners on a journey through the restaurant, from the main entrance through to the panoramic windows that gaze out over the glittering harbor.

“[We wanted] to define a stronger individuality for each restaurant zone. Thus, the entrance is distinguished by a façade crafted with characteristic Thai wood and bricked wall, the adjacent dining area is defined by vibrant and colourful floral pattern, leading towards the dramatic feel of the sea-view dining area. The lighting has been also thoughtfully arranged to bring the different areas to life. I drew inspiration from the ancient city of Ayutthaya, rethinking Thai classic architectural elements in a contemporary approach. The strong sense of Thai authenticity is integrated with a younger and more energetic vibe, creating a timeless yet edgy ambience,” he revealed.

Opened in 2013, Mango Tree Elements has been extremely well received by local diners, who have a deep appreciation of Thai cuisine. The restaurant is overseen by Executive Chef Anunte Sae-ung, one of Mango Tree’s most highly respected chefs, who has over 30 years’ experience in five-star hotels and restaurants. Following its recent makeover, this landmark restaurant is set to delight a new generation of guests and create memorable dining experiences for many years to come.

“We are delighted with the results of the renovation of Mango Tree Elements. With its perfect waterfront setting, this was one of the jewels in our crown; now, thanks to the vision of Khun Mai and the team at Steve Leung Hospitality, this outstanding restaurant will retain its position as one of the city’s most exciting dining destinations. We look forward to introducing diners in Hong Kong to fresh and authentic, yet modern and creative Thai cuisine in this stunning setting,” said Trevor MacKenzie, Global Managing Director, Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide.

Mango Tree Worldwide is currently undergoing a period of expansion, with the aim of increasing its global collection of restaurants from 70 outlets today to more than 100 locations worldwide by 2025.



L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, announces a new permanent location in Hong Kong

Courses, Talks, Exhibitions, and Workshops at the new K11 MUSEA venue will serve the growing demand for jewelry arts education in the Asia Pacific

Library and exhibition space
L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts in Hong Kong

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, announces the opening of its first overseas campus at K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside in Hong Kong, in fall 2019. After three successful traveling editions as well as regular and frequent engagement with its student community in Hong Kong over the past five years, L’ÉCOLE will introduce a new permanent school to continuously serve the growing demand for jewelry arts education across the Asia Pacific region. Already a pioneer in the field when it was founded in Place Vendôme in Paris seven years ago, L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific will open in K11 MUSEA, a unique cultural destination situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s art and design district Victoria Dockside, making it the first outpost outside of Paris.

Terrace facing Victoria Harbour
L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts in Hong Kong

L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, with the support of High Jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, is the only educational and cultural institution of its kind worldwide that provides accessible, hands-on engagement for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Gemology workshop
L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts in Hong Kong

“L’ÉCOLE’s offerings break down barriers to the vast and enchanting world of jewelry for everyone. Whether you are a collector or wear only your wedding band; whether you are an engineer, painter, or school teacher; you will learn directly from our leading experts – the only prerequisite is curiosity. We look forward to extending our educational and cultural programming to Asia and expanding our dialogue with museums and academic institutions in the region,” says Ms. Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.

Portrait of Marie Vallanet-Delhom, President of L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts

L’ÉCOLE’s goal since its establishment is to share its knowledge with the world. To this end, the School has organized traveling editions since 2013, making its way through cities including Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, and Dubai, and inviting anyone who is curious and passionate to take a journey to discover the savoir-faire and the universe of gemstones and expand one’s jewelry horizons.

Gemology course “Discover the Gemstones”

“With each of the three Hong Kong editions more successful than the last and the enthusiastic response we received from the community during our quarterly Evening Conversations, we recognize there is a strong learning appetite towards jewelry arts here. We are excited to announce our permanent return to Hong Kong at K11 MUSEA, the city’s new art and culture-led retail landmark. L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, and K11 MUSEA share the values of transmission and the commitment to promoting the public education of art, and it, therefore, felt natural and relevant to have this be our home in Asia. This expansion is perfectly aligned with Hong Kong’s development as a leading arts and culture hub in Asia too. With our ideal location in the city, we look forward to welcoming many more students from all over the Asia Pacific,” says Ms. Élise Gonnet-Pon, Managing Director of L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts.

Portrait of Élise Gonnet-Pon, Managing Director of L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts

Overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour, the new permanent location was designed by Sou Fujimoto, a Japanese architect and a friend of L’ÉCOLE. He imagined a modern identity for L’ÉCOLE’s second venue, with organic shapes that mingle with the natural light of the site. L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific will occupy two levels, feature intimate classrooms, workshops and exhibition spaces, as well as a specialized library housing over 600 books on jewelry arts as a start.

Art History course “Jewelry: From Louis XIV to Contemporary Artists”

L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific will be open to the public and launch with 17-course topics under the three main themes of Savoir-Faire (Craftsmanship), Art History of Jewelry and The Universe of Gemstones. Each course, two to four hours in duration, can be taken à la carte in any order and is limited to 12 students to encourage direct interaction between participants and teachers.

Jewelry workshop
L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts in Hong Kong

Leading scholars in the fields of craftsmanship, science, art, and history will guide every class. Combining experts traveling from Paris and around Asia, the expert faculty includes passionate jewelers, designers, mockup artists, stone-setters, art and jewelry historians, gemologists and lacquer artists.

Workshops for Young People “Create Your Jewel”
Savoir-Faire course “From the Wax Project to the Setting Techniques”

Along with the courses, L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific will also offer a full-year program that includes Workshops for Young People, Evening Conversations and, for the first time in Hong Kong, curated exhibitions showcasing jewelry arts from the most magnificent private collections, as well as remarkable creations by contemporary artists.

Evening Conversations

“There is a growing demand for arts and cultural experiences fueled by meaningful learning. We are proud to support L’ÉCOLE’s broad educational mission, providing object-based learning in the jewelry arts to people around the world. In less than a decade, L’ÉCOLE has already welcomed over 30,000 alumni from 50 different nationalities worldwide through its courses and talks and 32,000 visitors to its exceptional exhibitions. We are looking forward to giving more people access to L’ÉCOLE’s expertise and unique offerings through our support of the second permanent campus in Hong Kong,” says Nicolas Bos, President & CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Portrait of Nicolas Bos, President & CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels

To find out more or register for Courses, Workshops for Young People, Evening Conversations and Exhibitions at L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific, please visit https://hk.lecolevancleefarpels.com or email hk.lecole@vancleefarpels.com

Serenity starts here

Cathay Pacific is moving beyond with the re-opening of the newly renovated Shanghai Pudong lounge on 18 July

Cathay Pacific is reopening its newly renovated Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge on July 18, marking the introduction of the airline’s awards-winning lounge design to mainland China for the first time.

Cathay Pacific is “moving beyond” for its customers with a superior experience at every stage of their journey. The new Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge will be another reason for customers to arrive early, rest and recharge in the welcoming atmosphere of comfort and wellbeing before their flight.

Located near Departure Gate D69 in Pudong Airport’s Terminal 2 building, the new lounge occupies a space of 970 square meters and follows the warm, inviting style developed by Studioilse, the London-based studio led by Ilse Crawford, seen in Cathay Pacific’s newest lounges across its global network.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We are delighted to bring our signature lounge design to mainland China, ensuring our customers traveling through Pudong Airport have an even more enjoyable experience when they fly with us. Shanghai is one of our most popular destinations for business and leisure, and a favorite among our most loyal customers. Our premium passengers can now look forward to a multitude of new and improved features at the lounge, especially when it comes to the F&B options they can enjoy.”

An Oasis

Passengers leave the hustle and bustle of the airport behind as soon as they reach the reception area, where they are transported to an oasis of serenity designed to reflect the comforts of a modern apartment. Space is stylishly accentuated with natural materials such as cherry wood and limestone, while the medley of different leather and Alcantara-upholstered designer furniture is set up to allow guests to socialize in open areas or wind down more privately in peace and solitude.

The Terrace

A particular highlight of the lounge is the Terrace, an L-shaped, open-ceiling verandah that allows guests to take in panoramic views of the apron and runway while seated at one of the dining tables or bespoke Solo Chairs, which come with a built-in reading lamp and individual side table.

The design of the Terrace is similarly reflected in the open-ceiling food hall, where passengers wanting a pre-flight refreshment can enjoy the convenience of self-serve international hot and cold dishes, freshly baked treats, cheeses and cold cuts that can be picked up from the Servery counter. A variety of wines and spirits are also available at the self-service bar, giving guests the ability to mix their favorite pre-flight cocktails.

The Noodle Bar

The always-popular Noodle Bar, a signature feature among Cathay Pacific’s global lounges, is also making its debut in mainland China. Channeling Hong Kong’s beloved tea houses, the open-kitchen Noodle Bar offers a combination of communal long tables and private booths set within a stylish dining area complete with hanging lights and dark-wood ceiling fans. Here visitors to the lounge can get a comforting taste of Hong Kong by ordering freshly prepared wonton egg noodles with soup – a Cantonese classic – or perk up before their flight with a spicy Sichuan province special in the form of dan dan noodles. Of course, guests can also enjoy some of Shanghai’s own delectable culinary culture with hand-made, soup-filled xiao long bao dumplings among the dim sum dishes served daily.

Meanwhile, high-speed Wi-Fi and Flight Information Display System screens ensure passengers are able to relax, refresh and recharge without worry before their flight.

The Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge is open to First and Business Class passengers, Marco Polo Club Silver members and above, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members, and members of all tiers holding a valid lounge pass. The opening hours will be from 05:30 to 21:00 daily.