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MRS POUND

02 Oct 2017 By

East Meets West at Mrs Pound, a Cool Retro Bar / Restaurant in Hong Kong.

Mrs Pound had a lustrous career in the 1950s as a burlesque dancer. She travelled the world on the arm of different suitors and experiences flavours from across the globe, but at the height of her popularity she mysteriously disappeared from the public eye. Rumour has it she had run away with her true lover – Mr. Ming, a conservative, reserved, and wealthy gentleman from Hong Kong.

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His kindness won the heart of Mrs. Pound, and he gave her his favourite stamp shop to turn into her personal domain, to hide Mrs. Pound and to keep her location a secret.“

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This may sound like the plot of a new Wong Kar-wai’s movie, instead is the concept of a very famous Asian restaurant hidden behind of what looks like a traditional Chinese stamp shop.

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We are at n.6 in Pound Lane, Sheung Wan. Unless you have a particular interest in Chinese stamps you’ll never notice it and the fun part is that if you want to get in you have to figure out which of the carved chops let the door open.

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The interiors are made in an “East meet West” format: fuchsia walls, neon lights, bar and stools get back to the 50’s American diners style, while the flooring tiles and the emerald green are a particular Hong Kong signature detail.

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Green furnishings and diagonal concrete panels express Mr Ming’s masculine touch.

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The whole visual intention is to evoke the fictional story behind through design contrasts so decorations like make-up compacts, lipstick cheeky messages, pink leather and mirrored lights tell all about Mrs Pound’s glam past. 

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The retro gymnasium-style hoops lights are just too cool.

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Mrs Pound, No.6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

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