Mira Moon, Hong Kong’s new fashion-forward hotel, showcases an outlandish interior design by Wanders & yoo, a preeminent creative partnership between international designer Marcel Wanders – dubbed “the Lady Gaga of the design world”– and inspired international property design company yoo.
Together, they have vividly brought to life the hotel’s bespoke interpretation of the Chinese Moon Festival myth. This hedonistic homage to China’s favorite fairytale blends intertwining elements of Dutch and Chinese heritage, expressed through a tapestry of autumnal colors and hues that are interspersed with lacquered whites and rich China reds.
Bold and beautiful - it has to be Mira Moon Hotel — Photo courtesy of Mira Moon
Wanders & yoo have created a contemporary 91-key hotel that retells the story of Chang’er, the Moon Goddess. In the classic tale, Chang’er’s forbidden sip of the elixir of immortality lifted her from earth and conveyed her to the moon, where she became trapped for an eternity, far from the man she loved and with only a Jade Rabbit as her companion.
In a light-hearted reinterpretation of this tale, Wanders & yoo reimagine Chang’er sending the Jade Rabbit back to earth, to keep her true love company in his Wan Chai tower: Mira Moon. The result is Hong Kong’s first “story hotel."
To translate this tale into an interior design concept, Wanders & yoo’s Creative Director Marcel Wanders injected his renowned sense of theatricality and passion for the eclectic with an inspired use of space and textures. The central characters of the story – Chang’er, the Jade Rabbit and the Moon – are depicted throughout the hotel, and their omnipresence lends a playful air to the hotel’s style.
From the rich Wenge timber veneer and window pane murals depicting the fairytale on each guestroom corridor to the three lanterns cascading from the entrance hall’s ceiling representing each of the key characters, every element of Mira Moon recants the traditional story.
The hotel’s design concept is a cultural meeting of minds, blending both contemporary Dutch and traditional Chinese heritages. Inspired by Chinese craftsmanship, the hotel’s artifacts and traditionally crafted ceramics, cut crystal and intricate woodwork have been created by local craftsmen.
Throughout Asia, the story of the Moon Goddess is celebrated in autumn, when the moon is at its brightest. In deference to this magical season, autumnal hues of orange, brown and light green fill the hotel. Taking inspiration from Chang’er’s husband’s red bow and white arrows, the hotel’s color scheme also features bold surges of lacquered whites and rich China reds, whilst the image of the peony is ever-present, embodied in wool and silk-blend carpets, ornately-carved wood paneling and sheer curtains that tint the skyscrapers of the city beyond.
The interior design concept echoes through guest bathrooms, where vivid tiled mosaics depict blossoming peonies and guests enjoy city and harbor views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. The marble bathrooms are surprisingly spacious by Hong Kong standards, and they're bathed in sunlight by day.