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INTERIOR DESIGN by William Lim


William Lim was responsible for the interior design of Hotel ICON. Throughout the hotel, his use of circular themes and motifs is a deliberate technique to create a sense of space and harmony. Hong Kong-born designer Lim mixes modern trends with traditional architectural elements, to give the hotel a sense of place and to create cultural touchstones.


INTERIOR DESIGN by Conran & Partners


Conran & Partners, founded by Terence Conran, were the designers of the restaurants Above & Beyond and The Market. Conran says that the biggest challenge of the project was “creating something that set [the restaurants] apart from their competitors, given that there was an abundance of both types of spaces already in existence in Hong Kong.”


UNIFORM DESIGN by Barney Cheng


The creator of Hotel ICON’s uniforms, Barney Cheng is one of Hong Kong’s most famous style gurus. Cheng says Hatter gave him free reign to come up with the design, requesting only that the uniforms be part of a ‘collection’ that the hotel staff could mix and match on their own – something he describes as a “fresh, more creative process.”


VERTICAL GARDEN by Dr Patrick Blanc


The vertical garden at Hotel ICON was designed by Patrick Blanc, the French creator of the vertical greenery concept and a botanist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. It’s the largest one-piece vertical garden in Asia. Blanc says Hotel Icon’s air quality, “adds to the psychological and relaxing wellbeing of all the persons standing or sitting just in front of it.“


ARCHITECTURE by Rocco Yim


Rocco Yim is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent architects. His practice has been responsible for the design of many of the defining buildings in the region, including the International Finance Centre, Hong Kong Station and Guangdong Museum.


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“What attracted me to this project was the promise that the design was to be chosen from an architectural competition,” he says. “In Hong Kong, this is a rarity, but it showed the client’s commitment to good design from the start. The finished building projects a strong visual identity and is not just an object to be looked at, but a spatial composition.”


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