Duddell’s Hong Kong is set to open for mid-May and has both art-lovers and foodies buzzing with excitement. Serving local Cantonese fare against the backdrop of contemporary art, this recipe is destined for success.
The buzz: Alan Lo, Paulo Pong and Yenn Wong bring us yet another novel concept with the success of Press Room, Altaya Group and JIA to back them up. Sidestepping the usual galleries and museums, Duddell’s Hong Kong sets out to be a vibrant space serving local Cantonese cuisine.
This creative space for like-minded individuals will feature talks, performances and film screenings against the backdrop of local and international landscape art. Orientated by cultural leaders (Yana Peel, William Zhao, Chrissy Sharp and Alan Lo) and guest-curated by international consultants (Amelie von Wedel, Pernilla Homes and Inti Guerrero), Duddell’s sets out to be the cultural and social hub for all artisans.
Atmosphere: Celebrated designer Ilse Crawford (who’s worked on the award-winning Ett Hem brand) decorates the interiors of this two-floored 8,000 square foot space. On the third and fourth floor of the new Shanghai Tang mansion in Central, Duddell’s is set up as an art collectors home. There is a sprawling 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace and sophisticated salon for guests to lounge in.
Alongside, an entire floor is dedicated to the Chinese modern and 20th century brush and ink paintings from the Hong Kong based, MK Lau Collection.
Food and drink: Our sources tell us Duddell’s Hong Kong has an in-house Michelin-starred chef that will prepare local Cantonese dishes, the menu of which is yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, the drinks list features artisan cocktails and vintage champagnes.
PR speak: Duddell’s will provide a colourful backdrop against which creative ideas can be shared and developed. It will also be a unique hub for like-minded international visitors who are keen to engage with the vibrant local landscape and its key players.
Duddell’s Hong Kong, 3-4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, opening in mid-May 2013
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