Forming a unique cluster of heritage buildings located at the heart of the Central district, the Central Police Station compound—now known as Tai Kwun, Centre for Heritage and Arts—once served as an important base for law and order in Hong Kong. Formally a“one-stop-shop”facility housing a police station, a prison, and a magistracy, the site was fully decommissioned in 2006.
In 2008, the Government of Hong Kong SAR announced its partnership with The Hong Kong Jockey Club to revitalise the Central Police Station compound, and a few years later, Marc & Chantal was given the incredible opportunity to be the creative partners of this one-of-a-kind project.
Home to 150 high-technology companies, the Hong Kong Science Park is a science and technology hub covering an area of 330,000 sq. metres in the New Territories. In order to create an environment that is consistently efficient, from its energy-saving construction practices to the navigation for users and visitors in the enormous site, we came up with a strong and comprehensive wayfinding and signage strategy that integrates into the interior space we designed for Phase 3 of the Park.
To create an immersive showsuite for a crown jewel development in Guangzhou, at the base of the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, we emphasised the playful and innovative character of K11 Concepts with a holistic environment that included custom fragrances and a surreal design to transport visitors to the wonders of childhood, such as the treehouse of their dreams. Never forgetting the goal of the showsuite, each element combined to create a compelling experience of K11′s unique retail vision.
Selling premium office units in a hyper-competitive market in one of the fastest growing cities in China is a challenging task under any circumstances. When that office space is in the tallest tower in the city, the showsuite design and content needs to match those high standards with a creative approach. The offices are leased by K11, known for their innovative views on work environments, so we took the challenge and created an unexpected, yet cohesive look at presenting real estate information to prospective tenants.
To create a public exhibition about the Peak, Marc & Chantal led research into Hong Kong’s unique heritage and natural wonders. Conceptualised, curated and designed as a museum-grade display, the exhibition was part of a broader brand and communication exercise developed by Marc & Chantal for a residential project by Wheelock Properties on the Peak.
Marc & Chantal tackled the opportunity of designing the Swire Properties Corporate Lounge at Art Basel for a third straight year with a goal to make it the most ambitious installation yet. The aim was to create a design that would be an engaging and meaningful lounge experience, then become a beautiful and playful semi-permanent installation at Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou. The concepts for the art piece were realised in coloured glass and mirror panels that immersed visitors in an optical playground.
To celebrate our 20th anniversary, Marc & Chantal created an interactive art installation at the 2013 Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival. As the Creative Partner of the festival, we designed a light drawing photo studio inside of a cluster of inflatable clouds at Victoria Harbour for concert goers to explore. The festival attracted more than 30,000 attendees and the cloud installation quickly became a landmark, with a queue of participants waiting to take their photo for the entire time of operation.
For their second year as a host of the art fair, Swire Properties turned to Marc & Chantal to create a VIP Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong, in 2013. The event was the first edition of Art Basel to be located in Asia and was held at the Hong Kong Conventions and Exhibition Centre, which showcased works from 3,500 artists worldwide. Not merely for collectors, Art Basel attracted international curators, writers, thinkers and cool-hunters alike.
On a mission to re-ignite the tradition of attending the races, the HKJC looked to Marc & Chantal in 2012 to transform their existing gift-counter into a retail experience that echoed the energy and excitement of the races. We created a total design solution that included an end-to-end branding exercise and a customer-centric experience for both the Happy Valley and Sha Tin racecourses.
For Swire Properties’ first VIP lounge at the Hong Kong Art Fair – a premier art event in Asia and Art Basel Hong Kong’s predecessor, Marc & Chantal celebrates the phenomenon that is Hong Kong with an environmentally friendly installation, which evokes the city’s iconic topography.
Creative Sky is a TV show on China national channel CCTV 6, aimed at finding and promoting the next generation of talented Chinese fashion designers. The show’s first season aired in 2011 and quickly established itself as a reference for quality and meaningful entertainment content. With the higher purpose of providing a platform for the creative youth, Creative Sky gained international interest, noticeably with the Parsons School offering full scholarship in New York to the winner. With Vogue, Lane Crawford and a host of international labels as partners, the show cemented its unique position in the Chinese creative landscape.
When we designed the Krug Room at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, we initially approached Hermès to provide the tableware. After looking through their existing range, we chose to create a custom design exclusive to the Krug private dining space. With the success of the design and collaboration, the Les Poèmes du Mandarin collection was launched for retail sale in Hermès stores around the world in 2009.
Shopin is a highly successful discount retail chain in Beijing with an e-commerce, plus bricks and mortar, business model. With a fast-growing business, the management realised that the foundation of their brand needed to be realigned to support the opportunities of expansion ahead of them. We helped build a solid base for the future growth of the brand.
Performance events are ephemeral, but powerful, moments that allow a magical connection to be created with an audience. Our mission was to build a dream-like experience when we conceptualised and art directed this event for the launch of Swarovski’s latest jewelry collection in Shanghai. Our inspiration followed the theme of the collection, Under the Blue, where water and sky merge and reflect each other.
China Mobile is the juggernaut of mobile communication on the mainland and its brand is ubiquitous in the Chinese landscape. However, with rapid changes in technology, it was critical to go beyond brand power and create an immersive experience to educate and retain the attention of customers. We were given a 10,000 sq ft space to create a journey into the wonders of wireless technology.
This travelling exhibition was commissioned to communicate about the Louis Vuitton heritage to Asian customers. The project was an evolution of an earlier exhibition we had designed for the brand, “Travel & Travellers”, showcasing the glamourous and adventurous lifestyle of the 19th Century traveller through a broad range of antique Louis Vuitton travel accessories. The Art of the Automobile exhibition presented visitors with a collection of objects related specifically to road travel.
Although Champagne is a symbol of festivities in the West, the French nectar was mostly unknown in Asia when Moët Hennessy came to us to help them tap into the Mainland China market. As a leader in their category, they felt they had to provide a focal point that would capture the imagination and immerse the Chinese consumer into the ‘Champagne Experience’ and they had the perfect location in Macau to do so.
We were asked to conceptualize the experience for a very exclusive private dinning room for Krug, one of the most revered Champagne brands. The Krug Room itself is hidden within the kitchen of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong and gives diners a chance to interact with the chefs and sommeliers in a very personal manner.