LOFT loves the oriental elegance that has been displayed in the beautiful interiors at the newly opened Li Bai Lounge and Shang Palace at Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei. We’re also pleased to note that the creative team behind the designs are local architectural and interiors firm AB Concept whose portfolio includes the W Retreat & Spa, Bali – Seminyak, the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore and Hong Kong’s Hotel Jen.
Working with a wedge-like room plan, the design is based on a traditional Chinese scholar’s pavilion, with distressed pinewood panels layered along the ceiling and further thematic inspiration drawn from romantic poet of the Tang dynasty, Li Bai, after which the venue is named. The lounge bar features a masculine color palette, muted lighting, sleek silhouettes and subtle oriental motifs throughout, and it’s fair to say that AB Concept have done a remarkable job in creating a sophisticated, relaxed ambiance for the Li Bai lounge that will suit the hotel’s clientele of urbane business travellers. Other design features include a piano, console tables, lacquered screens and decorative lamps placed throughout to give a strong residential vibe to the space.
The designs for the Shang Palace – a high-end Cantonese restaurant – channel a more regal opulence with an ornate Celestial Cloud motif greeting diners at the entrance. A generous natural skylight helps to show off the ornate finishings and delicate textures once inside. The iconic Celestial Cloud motif recurs in the bold ceiling relief and patterned carpets and peony flowers – symbols of good luck in Chinese culture – appear throughout the Shang Palace’s four private dining rooms.
“All images courtesy of AB Concept by Chester Ong”