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ABOVE: The Ming Dynasty served as inspiration for the lacquered wardrobes, cabinets and console tables, yet they are finished in bold colours such as lime green with antique brass trim


relaunched as the first Grace Hotel in a planned expansion into the Asian market. Libra has stated that more hotels in the Asia Pacific region will follow over the coming years and has appointed renowned hotelier Roberto Pelliccia to oversee operations on the continent. The group currently operates four properties including two in Greece on Mykonos and Santorini, and Vanderbilt Grace on Rhode Island in the United States. Additional hotels and resorts in Panama, Argentina, and the United States are all in the pipeline, opened or slated to open later this year.


Grace Beijing is on the site of a former


crystal manufacturing plant, on Jiuxianquiao Lu towards the western part of 798. Its red brick façade is typical of the area’s Neo- fascist architecture, and interiors include generous, column-free spaces with lofty ceilings. In the same way that East London


became synonymous with raw, street- inspired art and design decades ago, 798’s hundreds of galleries and museums boast concrete floors and exposed ducts as part of their charm. Grace is an extension of those galleries, featuring ever-changing exhibitions, collaborations with up-and-coming artists, and a monthly concert night with performances ranging from chamber music to experimental concerts. “We have a lively and dynamic art


programme,” acknowledges Godard. “Our guests are mainly artists, gallery owners or collectors – people who have a connection to the art and event world. And we also host a lot of events here. Lenovo held its 100-year celebration at Grace and we have previously hosted Hermes and Piaget.” Shauna Liu, one of the original co-owners,


was responsible for its interior design and much of her work remains aside from a


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