High Style in Hong Kong: Mamoz Bar and Restaurant

A new hot spot in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay, Mamoz opened its doors in March designed by hospitality design and development firm Gettys.

Their design team mixed various textures and materials, including bronze and leather furnishings, with soft upholstery and walls swathed in damask-patterned leather.  Mamoz spans 5,000 square feet across the two top floors of the new-build Cubus building, which has been designed to house many food venues on different floors.

Mamoz boasts views toward the city and Victoria Harbour through its expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows. Gettys’ design encompassed the main bar areas, lift lobbies, washrooms and balcony.
Understanding the clientele was just part of the scenario for the design team, especially when providing a venue in a multi-story building with limited visibility at street level.

According to Ariane Steinbeck, managing director and principal of Gettys, who is also stationed in Hong Kong: It was not just about the constraints of designing and fitting out the project at the top of a high rise, but also faith in the owner that the venue would attract the customers.

”It seems like it is a particular idiosyncrasy of Hong Kong that you can find the most fabulous bars and restaurants not on the ground floor,” says Steinbeck. ”I’m not aware of this being true in other ‘high-rise’ cities that I have been to. This particular building has numerous F&B spaces so the cluster of them should bring strength in numbers.”

One of the design highlights is the 26-foot-long bar made from  handcrafted Indonesian timber with the overall design inspired by Barolo wines.

”Our client, Heichinrou Group, was pleased with our design work after we finished the Heichinrou Restaurant in Hong Kong’s Times Square,” says Andrew Fay, president and COO of Gettys, on how they won the project. ”We were thrilled to work with them again on Mamoz, which is their first bar in Hong Kong.”

The brief was to design a sophisticated bar for customers in the 30-50 age group wishing to go and unwind after a busy day at work or shopping. With that in mind, Gettys designed a space which ensures optimal seating around the full-height windows to maximize the views over Hong Kong.

A mixture of various zoning throughout the duplex bar ensures a variation to the space, while the circular washroom cubicles ensured an element of fun to the overall design.

The bar’s ambience is inspired by the upper echelon of Italian wines: Barolo. This wine, often described as one of Italy’s greatest, is synonymous with sophistication and styled with deep undertones of richness and opulence. ”It seemed a perfect amalgamation to base the concept of Mamoz with the superiority and elegance of Barolo,” says Steinbeck.

Lighting is a key element to transform the bar from lunch to dinner and drinks. During the day, it is subtle to ensure that light from the windows shines through. At night, the bar comes alive and sets a very intimate and relaxing atmosphere.

The furniture and artwork define the space and atmosphere of the venue. Most of the furnishings are made from bronze metal to create an element of luxury and sophistication. The artwork relates back to the theme of Barolo with a playful twist: large, oversized three-dimensional hats can be found hanging on the walls, reflecting the hats people would use when picking the grapes in the vineyards.

Barolo’s Nebbiolo grape variety, which visually resembles small clusters in a dark blue and greyish tone, inspired the accent colors; in particular, the area rugs, which are a playful grape-inspired pattern.

Damask-inspired fabric can be found on the majority of the walls and ceilings creating a dramatic impact as well as helping with any acoustical issues.

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