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Regina Garay

The Fairytale Design Of Hongkong’s Mira Moon Hotel

Beautiful lounge at the Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong | Paint + Pattern

Mix Chinese folklore with Dutch design in Hong Kong and you have the perfect recipe for The Mira Moon Hotel, a 91-room boutique hotel designed by the talented Marcel Wanders. The inspiration for the hotel’s kinetic style comes from the Moon Festival fairy tale, a legend in the Chinese mythology about the Moon Goddess of Immortality and her husband, the Jade Rabbit. Inspired by the story, the hotel’s design incorporates the characters from the story throughout the hotel. Just as the characters lead a carefree, fun existence, so does the hotel’s design.

Mira Moon Hotel lobby in Hong Kong with moon-like light fixtures | Paint + Pattern

Moon-like light fixtures and tulip armchairs play nicely with mirrored walls and tailored peony carpets.

An artistic and colorful bedroom at the Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong | Paint + Pattern

Bisazza mosaic tiles and lighted patterned mirrors at Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong | Paint + PatternBisazza mosaic tiles and lighted patterned mirrors in each room.

Customized elements designed to give the Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong a whimsical look | Paint + Pattern

On each floor of the hotel, guests are greeted with a hand-carved wood panel that is inspired by the moon festival, with rabbits looking up at the night sky. The Half Moon, New Moon and Full Moon rooms are all lush and whimsical, with bright colors offsetting the dark patterned wood ceilings and custom furniture. Beautiful peony mosaics were created especially for the hotel and most all the furniture and décor elements were custom-made. There are only four rooms per floor.

A large suite with a moon-inspired light fixture and stylized patterns at Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong | Paint + PatternA large suite with a moon-inspired light fixture and stylized patterns.

Whimsical and lush bar setting at the Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong  | Paint + Pattern

Jade Rabit Lights at the Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong | Paint + Pattern

The Jade Rabbit character is found throughout the hotel’s private and public spaces, such as the light fixtures in one of the lounges.

Restaurant at the Mira Moon Hotel in Hong Kong | Paint + Pattern

Artistic outdoor setting at the Mira Moon Hote in Hong Kong | Paint + Pattern

Mr. Wanders aimed to create a contemporary nod to ancient classics with a dreamlike quality to the hotel’s design. References to traditional Chinese culture are expressed through modern interpretations of antique Chinese fabrics and prints, oversized peony flower details, lacquered patterned walls, Chinoiserie detailing and Bisazza mosaic tiles. The hotel aims for tech-savvy design aficionados who appreciate personalized, intuitive service – many who leave the hotel find themselves returning time and again. It’s the ultimate fusion of art, design and tradition.

2 comments

  1. Debbie Hayes

    Beginning to share your passion for Marcel Wanders Regina. Thank goodness he has wonderful outlets for his creativity!

    • Regina

      I’ve thought the same thing many times, Debbie! Glad you’re seeing your way over to my side… Let’s have an abstract cup of tea over here. 😉

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