Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Inspires Range of Hermès Chinaware
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong announces that the legendary luxury hotel has been the inspiration for a new range of tableware by Hermès. Called Les Poèmes du Mandarin this 18-piece china collection will be used in the hotel’s exclusive Krug Room restaurant from 20 October 2008 and will be available for sale internationally in early 2009.
“This is a historical partnership of three of the world’s most prestigious luxury names: Mandarin Oriental, Hermès and Krug,” says General Manager Peter French. “This is the first time Hermès has created a range of tableware so closely linked to a specific place, and we believe that The Krug Room, which is one of one of the world’s most elite private dining rooms, is the perfect setting for the new china.”
Hidden in a secret location within Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, The Krug Room is one of only two in the world and was created so that guests can discover the world’s most prestigious champagne in a sophisticated and private dining space. Fittingly, each item in the tableware range features artist Fung Ming Chip’s beautiful calligraphy relating poems of friendship, drinking and merry-making by the renowned poets Li Bai, Ch’eng Hao, Yuan Lie and Du Fu.
The exquisite Chinese calligraphy on the Les Poèmes du Mandarin collection subtly evokes bubbles rising in a glass of champagne. This was then carefully re-interpreted by Hong Kong-based Marc & Chantal Design to create a sense of movement and water effects on the ceramic. The skill and dexterity of Hermès craftsmen are on full display in the rendering of the ink, which glistens as though still wet and just applied.
The Krug Room accommodates a maximum of ten guests who enjoy pairings of exquisite Krug champagnes with the finest gourmet fare skilfully prepared by Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky. To mark the autumn launch of Les Poèmes du Mandarin, chef Uwe will create an exciting and innovative dégustation menu that will both intrigue and delight.
While the range will be in use at The Krug Room from October, keen shoppers in Hong Kong have a little longer to wait as Les Poèmes du Mandarin will be available at selected Hermès stores in early 2009.
About Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is a true reflection of 21st -century luxury combined with Oriental heritage. With an unbeatable location in the heart of Central this elegant hotel is renowned for its award-winning, personalised service delivered in intimate and well-appointed surroundings. Featuring spacious and luxurious guestrooms and suites, ten individual restaurants and bars, a Shanghainese-inspired holistic Spa, traditional barber, hair salon, fitness facility with skyline views and penthouse pool, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is a much loved home away from home for both guests and local residents alike.
Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +852 2522 0111 or through Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s worldwide sales and reservations offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service at www.mandarinoriental.com.
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About Calligrapher Fung Ming Chip
Born in Guangdong China in 1951, Fung Ming Chip was raised in Hong Kong before moving to New York in 1977. Since 1986 he has divided his time among New York, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The artist’s work is centred on calligraphy, considered in Chinese culture as one of the highest arts. Fung Ming Chip is one of a few who has been able to find a new language for this two thousand-year-old art; he invents without breaking tradition. Since the mid 1990s, Fung’s analysis of and re-engagement with the structure and materiality of calligraphy has led to his creation of more than one hundred new “script types”. With each script, Fung sometimes deconstructs the spatial arrangement of Chinese characters, sometimes collapses them, and sometimes re-focuses them. Throughout, the nucleus of his art-making has been an exploration of the possibilities for expanding or reshaping the time-and-space elements inherent in this unique art form that is at once visually progressive and literally narrative.