Drawing on its passion for hosting, British furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton has transformed the lobby lounge of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s famed meeting place, using selected vignettes from its storied collections. Whether you’re a guest at the city’s iconic residence, or arriving to meet a business colleague or friend, the newly designed space is replete with rich and sumptuous furnishings which can turn even a fleeting moment into a memorable experience.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has always tried to create captivating experiences that deeply touch people, and Timothy Oulton shares a similar ethos of welcoming, thoughtful, authentic and surprising attention to detail. The two brands have previously collaborated on a British afternoon tea experience at the hotel, using heritage-inspired pieces and vintage rarities from the Timothy Oulton collection. This latest lounge reinvention is a glamorous nod to the luxury, style and comfort that Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is renowned for.
As legendary as the city itself, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong opened in 1963 and is still the group’s flagship property. It was the tallest building on the island when it first opened, and remains a historic landmark today. Having played host to many famous faces over the years, the hotel is also a favourite with Tim Oulton, founder and director of his eponymous company, and Tim has been staying at the hotel for nearly two decades.
Having begun his career in antiques, Tim Oulton stands by a mantra of “Be Relevant or Be Dead”, expressed through an ever evolving range of energetic yet refined pieces, rooted in classic British values yet perfectly suited for today’s modern lifestyles. This coalescence of tradition and modernity is the perfect fit with Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
Designed with a sense of occasion and glamour, the newly furnished lobby lounge pays homage to the hotel’s history as a famed meeting spot in the city. Sumptuous velvets, rich leathers and decadent black marble are complemented by bold brass accents and the soft glow of vintage-inspired lighting. Guests can relax on the hand-tufted Serpentine sofa, a modern take on the enduring Chesterfield, outfitted in dramatic ‘Peat Smudge’ Faded & Degraded velvet. Comfortable leather armchairs include the Professor, inspired by old chairs found in English universities, and the Bastille, a glamorous lounge chair with a decidedly modern edge in brass studded leather.
Seating six, the Titus dining table, handcrafted in richly veined black marble, takes centre stage with the speakeasy-inspired Monaco bar cabinet, wrapped in Rango leather and opening to reveal an illuminated interior of champagne-coloured mirrors. Further reflecting Timothy Oulton’s ethos of hosting, the Inception coffee table invites conversation with its endless tunnel of lights inspired by 1970s infinity mirrors, while kaleidoscopic-like Night Rod floor lamps recapture the magic of light, handmade from staggered prisms of optical glass for a soft, ambient glow.
Sensations and experiences await in every inch of the elegantly appointed lounge, ready to charm and delight with the unexpected. The romantic notion of a hotel lobby being a place of encounters, together with an intriguing sense of drama in the design details, makes this particular encounter with Timothy Oulton both unexpected and captivating.
Tim Oulton says of this latest collaboration, “I always stay at Mandarin Oriental when I’m in Hong Kong, it’s an institution. The service is unbelievable. I’ve known the doorman for 18 years, he’s been there as long as I’ve been going there. The hotel is steeped in tradition but there’s nothing old-fashioned about it, they keep themselves relevant and modern, and that’s why it’s such a great partner for us.”
The lobby lounge will showcase Timothy Oulton’s authentically handcrafted furniture, lighting and accessories until the end of 2019. All pieces displayed can be purchased from the Timothy Oulton gallery at 17 Gough Street, Central, just 1km away from Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Visit timothyoulton.com to discover the full collection.