Vivienne Westwood Cafe opens in Harbour City, Hong Kong
October 28, 2015: After opening the world’s first Vivienne Westwood Café in Shanghai earlier in the year, the brand has opened its second shop in Harbour City, Hong Kong. The Café is next to Vivienne Westwood boutique in the mall. The interior décor of the new café replicates the one in Shanghai, which expresses the brand’s classics and shares Ms Westwood’s favourite elements in life. Circling round her life as a British fashion designer, the Café is a transformed photo shooting panel at a fashion show backstage combining an 18th century French tea room.
In order to imitate the effect of a backstage shooting panel, a particular type of modern home décor material, named Corian, is used in the Cafe. The extended Corian panel in white, with a large golden Café logo, starts from the wall with lights on the sides and spreads across the floor. The area is also adorned with exquisite furniture made of South African rosewood.
The other side of the Café is the Tea Room. Utilizing the idea of Trompe l’oeil, the unique wallpaper delivers a feeling of being in a French palace in the 18th century. Trompe l'oeil is a painting technique which is adopted by Ms Westwood as a design concept and can be found in many of her works. This wallpaper comes from pictures taken in The Wallace Collection, Vivienne’s favourite museum located in London.
A giant clock showing 13 hours with the words “worlds end” is hanging at the shop front. Its hands are turning fast and anticlockwise. The Worlds End clock is a signature of the brand. Since the brand’s beginning, Ms Westwood has remodeled and renamed her shop every time she changed the theme of her designs. In 1980, with a new name, Worlds End, a large clock displaying 13 hours was hung over the doorway of the shop. Since then, the Worlds End clock has been telling visitors that they are rapidly travelling back to the past. “I have a kind of in-built clock which always reacts against anything orthodox,” says Ms Westwood. Needless to say, this unique clock is one of the focuses in the Café.
The utensils and tea sets used in the Café are all either engraved with Vivienne Westwood signature Orb logo or ornamented with its signature tartan. Trompe l'oeil technique is applied on the utensil yet again. Vivienne’s fashion design elements are highlighted in the details in the Café.