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Kokaistudios has completed the interior design of Porterhouse by Laris, opened on 30 June 2015, a new grill-house brand concept for Hong Kong delivered in close partnership with the world renowned Chef David Laris, operators the Eclipse Group, and the landlord Lan Kwai Fong Group. The restaurant is Kokaistudios’ latest project in the city–and a highlight of the new California Tower dining destination – as they continue to spread their footprint with iconic, bespoke hospitality designs in Asia.
With an established breadth of food and beverage venues in Hong Kong, Eclipse Group was looking for the highest calibre international design talent to revolutionise the premium steakhouse market with a new restaurant led by acclaimed Chef David Laris.
Kokaistudios proved the perfect fit, and further developed the concept of a grill-house for steaks and seafood, to enrich the restaurant’s offerings with visionary interiors to deliver the idea.
Kokaistudios design has meticulously included all features – chef’s counter, meat locker, main dining room, lounge, semi-private dining room, terrace and bar– in a progressive flow of diner experience. The space is animated and textured through a simple and sophisticated colour palette including the highest quality leathers, timber and marble surfaces, all reflecting high artisan qualities and intelligently referencing the butchery skills and chef’s care for the meat and seafood, and ultimately allowing diners to feel the presence of the beast throughout the restaurant, both through tactile and visual senses.
The diner experience within the exceptional space of California Tower’s seventh floor, with 6m ceiling heights and views through the full height glazing, is further enlivened by the parametric, mirrored ceiling, providing a compression of the vibrant ambience and reflected glimpses across the restaurant of other diners.
Kokaistudios’breadth of expertise in hospitality operations uniquely equipped them with the ability to create a highly functional and beautiful, custom space for Chef Laris within a tight 6 month timeframe. The project was only made possible by the close collaboration between the designer, the client and Chef with the highest levels of efficiency and professionalism. Porterhouse by Laris highlights once again Kokaistudios’ expertise in crafting exceptional, bespoke destinations, and delivering original spaces which embody a physical representation of a brand concept for culinary masters of the world.
Location: 7/F, California Tower, Central, Hong Kong
Client: Eclipse Hospitality Group
Interior Design: Kokaistudios
Chief Architects: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani
Design Manager: Michelle Shao
Design Team: Caddie Qu, Nolwenn Burban,Rachel Gu,Evelyn Huang
Photographs: Edmon Leong