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Is This New St. Regis Hotel in New York or Hong Kong?

Jeffrey Bauman
Photo credit: Michael Weber

From ELLE Decor

St. Regis opened its long-awaited first New York outpost last month…sorry, I mean Hong Kong outpost. You’ll have to forgive the slip-up. For while the look and feel of this new Far East location is quite different from that of the iconic midtown Manhattan St. Regis, it’s that same 115-year-old, John Jacob Astor-founded New York flagship that provided the inspiration for the new hotel, according to its designer and architect, Hong Kong native André Fu.

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“I wanted to go deeper than the stereotypical concept of lanterns, junks, and temples and tap into my own memories of the city,” says Fu, founder of the acclaimed Hong Kong design studio AFSO, whose other recent projects include the interiors of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.

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The 27-story Hong Kong tower is in the waterfront district of Wan Chai, a bustling commercial area with some of the oldest vestiges of the city’s Colonial era. Fu did certainly weave in numerous markers of and references to old Hong Kong-gas street lamps, Chinese tea pavilions-while successfully side-stepping the clichés he strenuously sought to avoid.

Photo credit: Michael Weber

It’s in the new hotel’s St. Regis Bar, however, where some of the strongest New York inspirations shine through. The focal point is a hand-painted mural by Beijing artist Zhang Gong that used the renowned Maxfield Parrish mural of Old King Cole in the New York St. Regis’s King Cole Bar as its jumping-off point. It’s the perfect place to kick back for an evening cocktail…and maybe even forget where you are, if only for a brief moment.