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PAINT THE TOWN RED

by Mavis Wong on Feb 18, 2013 in Interiors , Lifestyle
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At China Rouge, an opulent world of art, sensuality and indulgence awaits

For every space, a focus – or rather a centrepiece or ‘wow’ factor – is essential for its success. And in the case of Galaxy Macau (as featured in Perspective in July 2011), it’s the private members club China Rouge. Amid the typical five-star features of the mega resort complex, China Rouge offers a unique ‘bright red’ world – a clear departure from the rest of the establishment, yet well in line with the ‘Asian heart’ theme.

Fulfilling the client’s brief for this hidden gem was no easy task, but with the help of a strong sense of art and a period style, Hong Kong-based artist/designer Alan Chan has done it just right. “The English name ‘China Rouge’ was given by the client and for the Chinese one (Hong Ling, literally meaning ‘Red Hot Diva’), I named it,” explains Chan. “Hong is the colour representing China and Asia, as well as a passionate emotion. Ling refers to the performers, as the client wanted a place for live shows.”

Inside, it’s a real feast for the eyes. From the beautiful art pieces to the exquisite furnishings, intricate patterns, rich textures and layers of details, one enters to find an opulent world – typical of the 1930s Art Deco movement. “I decided to take the Art Deco style of 1930s Shanghai as the main theme, not only because of my personal preference, but also because the artistic style of that era is vivid, making strong visual statements,” notes Chan. The design also drew inspiration from the European cultural centre of Paris.

The layout is divided into a number of octagonal areas and transitional spaces – another prominent characteristic of Art Deco and a recurring pattern throughout – to create a maze-like journey. The aim is simply to ‘get lost’: “It’s a formal entertainment venue to enjoy good wine, good cigar and good music. We’re here to relax and have fun, so we have to get lost – or at least for me, I have to. If you’re too clear-headed, you don’t have to be here. Why not go to the café or bar next door?”

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