December, 14th 2017
ArtQube is proud to reveal its recent project: a new Le Boudoir, which reemerges as Hong Kong’s foremost drinking parlor.
In 2010, Le Boudoir opened as Hong Kong’s inaugural Speakeasy, a trend that has gone on to saturate the city’s drinking culture. Now, to continue with their tradition of establishing new embraceable trends, Le Boudoir introduces a new category to Hong Kong’s bar scene, the drinking parlor.
In appreciation of the evolving zeitgeist of Hong Kong, Le Boudoir now offers an inclusive and accessible venue that is free of pretenses. A drinking parlor aims to be a place to meet, chat, date, and drink. The epitome of ‘you can sit with us,’ the new re-imagined Le Boudoir has dropped pretense and is now a venue that has been ‘un-done’.
By commissioning the famous street artist Szabotage, ArtQube imagined breaking the former Baroque style by bringing in a modern and punk design touch.
December, 14th 2017
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This sultry speakeasy reminiscent of scenes from Moulin Rouge has undergone a radical transformation to become an edgy, spray painted drinking parlour. Hong Kong-based street artist and award-winning interior designer Szabotage is behind the transformation, doing away with all the pompadour that characterised the old venue and injecting heaping doses of cool with neon accoutrements and copper drinking ware. Try the new Piña Rosemaria, made with Absolut Elyx, sweetened with pineapple juice and elderflower syrup and spiked with Thai red chilli and smoked rosemary.
It might be hard to believe now, but there actually was a time in Hong Kong when every single new bar did not feel compelled to call itself a speakeasy. Of course, we live in a city that loves its buzzwords and knows how to take a trend and run it into the ground, which is why so many drinking spots these days go for the speakeasy vibe. That may explain why Le Boudoir, which opened in October 2010 and claims to be Hong Kong’s original speakeasy, has said goodbye to its original incarnation and is now set to reopen with a brand-new identity.
Located in the heart of Wyndham Street’s buzzing nightlife row, Le Boudoir gained a reputation as a sexy secret spot thanks to its French bedchamber–inspired décor — think chandeliers, paintings in gilded frames and Art Deco mirrors — and its unmarked entrance. Now, however, the subterranean spot is ready to shake off its former self and bring something new to Hong Kong’s nightlife scene.
Courtesy of Hong Kong–based street artist and award-winning interior designer Szabotage, Le Boudoir has been given a fresh makeover with a punk attitude. The core design elements remain in place, but the gilded frames have been splashed with paint, the paintings disrupted by surprising touches of neon, and the venue has been outfitted with unexpected sprays of copper — a nod to the bar’s new benefactor, Absolut Elyx, which crafts premium vodka in copper stills.
Beyond aesthetics, the re-imagined Le Boudoir has a new attitude, eschewing any notions of exclusivity for an inclusive and pretence-free atmosphere that welcomes everyone. No longer a speakeasy, the bar is now calling itself a “drinking parlour”, with the aim to be a social space for meetings, casual chats, romantic dates and good old-fashioned drinking nights. As a result, Le Boudoir 2.0 has maintained a sense of its past while not being afraid to evolve into something new and more befitting of the times.
“The city’s bar scene is ever-evolving, the world is changing; you can’t be satisfied and think that yesterday’s favourite trend will still translate tomorrow,” says new co-owner Benoit Proust. “Le Boudoir was Hong Kong’s first speakeasy, and now this category has exploded. We want to keep the tradition of introducing Hong Kong to something new. We think the city is hungry for more inclusion, for a place to meet where you can talk, meet new friends, bring a date, not be a stranger. This is what we want to give to Hong Kong.”
December, 14th 2017
Our commissioned artists are specialized in beautifully unique wall textures, paint finishes, murals and illustrations using specialty paints or other medium to bring to life the character of spaces for our clients across Asia.Our commissioned artists are specialized in beautifully unique wall textures, paint finishes, murals and illustrations using specialty paints or other medium to bring to life the character of spaces for our clients across Asia.
Hailing from the contemporary art hotbed of Shoreditch, Szabotage moved to Hong Kong to depict his vision of this unique 21st century city. Szabotage assaults your senses by spraying layers of paint to deconstruct the fabric of this cultural melting pot. Concrete, paint and ink collide in vivid three-dimensional form to represent a street based art that fuses East and West.
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Are those the halls of the Louvre you’re exploring or just the hallways of your own home?
Meural is a Wi-Fi-connected digital canvas that gives you instant access to the past, present, and future of art, from the paintings of the Renaissance to the digital art of today. Its new TrueArt technology combines software, hardware, and firmware to provide a lifelike art-viewing experience similar to a gallery walkthrough.
But just like in museums, touching the art is frowned upon with the Meural. Controllable and customizable via its website or via an Android and iOS compatible app, the frame also has sensors embedded in its matting so you can change the image or get artist information with a wave of your hand.
November, 2nd 2017
Awarded Best Design Hotel in 2016, the Temple House, a distinctively different luxury hotel opened in Chengdu, it is a beautiful blend of traditional and modern design.
The Temple House celebrates a city with a rich and fabled past and extremely exciting future and Artqube was honored to be a part of the art & design landscape.
Nature has always been the perfect inspiration for art because it evokes a feeling of calmness and serenity for the viewer.
With this in mind, Artqube began to work with local artisans to delicately cover the residences lobby wall with handcrafted fiberglass white and gold leaves. The result of this ambitious installation brings to life the calming movement of leaves blowing in the wind.
November, 2nd 2017
Let yourself be carried away by the seasonal wind and take a look at this selection of ArtQube curated artworks, all taking inspiration from autumnal golden hues.
November, 2nd 2017
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
For more than 25 years, the German photographer Bernhard Edmaier, who was initially working as a geologist, has been very deeply dedicated to photographing the surface of our planet.
His seemingly abstract aerial images, in which high quality photography and science unite, have caused international sensation and have been received with great excitement by international audiences.
Bernhard Edmaier’s magnificent aerial images won him a renowned Kodak Photo Book Prize in 1998. In 2001, he received the Hasselblad Master Award.
His art photography is firmly rooted in geology. It is his aim to present the manifold colours, forms and structures which the Earth has created without man’s interference. In order to achieve this aim, Bernhard Edmaier uses aerial photography as his medium.
Driven by his perennial interest in natural phenomena, Bernhard Edmaier travels extensively to deserted and still untouched corners of the globe to gather material for his books and other photographic projects.
Across his stunning, decades-long oeuvre, Bernhard Edmaier has been animated by a simple desire: “to arouse interest in the earth’s surface untouched by humans.”
In this series, titled “Colors of the Earth”, Edmaier presents some of his favorite discoveries from around the worls. Each of these aerial photographs depicts a landscape that is free of human interference and of digital manipulation by Edmaier.
September, 12th 2017
ArtQube is proud to announce that the CitiGo Hotel project in Shanghai we worked on was shortlisted for the Hotel & Property Award 2017, delivered by Design et al, a leading UK interior magazine.
September, 11th 2017
Be inspired by Nature with this series of artworks by our in-house designers & artisans - available in different sizes and finishes.
September 11th 2017
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Born in 1978 in Brussels, Phil Akashi is a multi-award winning artist based in Brussels, Hong Kong and Zurich.
Phil Akashi carved out a unique visual language using the aesthetics of Asian languages with a cross-cultural and conceptual approach to fusion East and West and place the past in the service of the present.
His arts practice involves experimenting with a wide range of materials and media often combining traditional crafts, systematic repetitions, and innovative techniques. The artist often uses metaphors in his narrative, figurative or abstract works to re-evaluate, challenge and engage perceptions of contemporary issues.
As a vibrant player in the East/West dialogue, he is dedicated to breaking down boundaries between street art and fine art painting, between power and resistance, between tradition and modernity.
His most famous and well-received work to date is arguably "Tribute to Mandela", a monumental street art mural which was awarded as a major international public art project in 2013 by the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and was shortlisted for the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize in 201.
Fascinated by the cultural complexity and aesthetics of Asia, Phil Akashi carved out a unique artistic identity. He chose the pseudonym "Akashi" meaning “bright stone” to express his passion for the multifaceted Japanese culture. While living in China, he also enriched his identity with a Chinese name "涛程" meaning "big wave journey" where the two characters were intentionally reversed in order to challenge the structure of the Chinese language. Along with his Chinese name, Japanese pseudonym and Western background, Phil Akashi plays with paradoxes and shares how he views the world as a transcultural element.
July, 27th 2017
The city of Hong Kong offers a colorful and vibrant street life with a unique blend of East and West architecture and culture, mixing modernity, as well as tradition and nature, which inspires many of Artqube’s artists.
BOAT STRIPES IN ABERDEEN - ALEXANDRE ARTRU (@artalreyval)
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Alexandre Artru is a French photographer living in Hong Kong and travelling through Asia.
Photography and technology lover, he uses one to serve the other and it results in beautiful drone's photos of the cities he explores.
Alexandre Artru is part of the one who paves the way for a new concept of exploring the world.
THE SNAKE - HAROLD DE PUYMORIN
Originally from Toulouse (France) and now living in Hong Kong, Harold de Puymorin has always been deeply attracted by colours, shapes, and rich visuals that Asia has to offer.
The main purpose of his INCEPTION collection was to show that Asian's cities are more than skylines, they are full of paradoxes: chaos vs beauty, confined areas vs spaces...
Harold de Puymorin invites you to discover Hong Kong as you never did before.
SPRING EQUINOX - SIMON YUNG
Simon Yung was born and raised in Hong Kong, the city where traditions and cultures of East and West meet. This environment is reflectied into his work, he blends Western concepts like the ones of perspective and light with the poetry and tradition of Asian artists' methods.
This painting, made of ink and color on paper, is part of his collection of Spring's landscapes. The use of ink in his paintings turns real landscapes into something more spiriual and philosophical.
THE SHADOW - JÖRG DICKMANN
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Jörg Dickmann is a German travel photographer focusing on natural and urban landscapes, street sceneries, architecture, aerial photography and urban night shots. He started to take photos when he was just a kid, photography is his way to share his worldview.
Each of his collections are named after a city: Hong Kong, Sydney, New York, Bangkok, Berlin, London, Jakarta... Jörg Dickmann makes you travel all around the world through his photos.
July 17th 2017
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
When did you first realise you wanted to be in the creative world?
When I was a little boy, I enjoyed building treehouses. I liked making them big and comfortable. At age 12, I built my first treehouse with pallets, and nowadays it is a legitimate building technique used all over the world! I also created numerous objects, like a pool table that can be turned into a ping-pong table. Creation without limits has always been my thing.
Although you are an artist, you originally trained as an architect. Why did you switch?
Architecture is still my passion and has taught me a lot. Above all, it has taught me precision, in terms of calculations, and also perfection.
But it has also taught me the need for energy to defend a project and to make it done by other types of trade. Architecture must fit the client’s will, but also town-planning standards and budget. Architecture is a tool that is necessary for man to live, whereas art goes beyond and raises man towards thought. Where everything is possible, standards do not exist, and creation is boundless. It is a deep, infinite field of experiment.
How did your interest in timepieces come about?
At first, my idea was to reveal the beauty of an object that wasn’t originally designed to be beautiful! The aesthetics of a clockwork is obvious. Yet, this beauty is a mere consequence of gathering clockwork pieces created to give the time.
Tell us about the cufflinks you made for your father?
It was a little idea that I had, because he was passionate about antiques. I found two small identical clockwork movements at a flea market, and the idea crossed my mind to make them into a pair of cufflinks. He loved them, but more than that, the process encouraged me that I could do so much more with it.
How did your work evolve?
Because my father was very touched by gift, he wore them often. One day, a Parisian shopkeeper noticed them and approached me to create others for his shop window. The pieces became very popular, but I quickly became bored of making them over and over again. That’s when I sat down to create something new, and came up with my first watch that doesn’t tell the time. The idea of time became my obsession. I tried to explore the secrets of time as revealed by artistic creation.
Why create ‘watches’ that don’t tell time?
Time is a notion. A concept. An idea. It doesn’t exist. These watches remind us of the fact that time is relative. We understand time differently according to our age, according to the experience of good or bad moments. Albert Einstein said: “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” I like the idea of wandering art, so the pieces
I create are works that can be worn. Anyway, today it’s easy to find out the time. You just check your phone.
Are we right in saying that the rapper 50 Cent wears one of your pieces? How did that happen?
It all was a bit strange. He was performing a gig in Lille, and I knew the guy who ran the venue. Backstage, I gave 50 Cent a timeless watch without explaining what it was, and he immediately got the idea. He looked at it and said “I check the time on my mobile phone!” but two days later, he traded his enormous diamond watch for my own that didn’t tell the time!
Where do you find the watch parts for your works?
Anywhere really. I hunt for them at flea markets, but I also look in old Parisian or Swiss clockmakers’ discarded stashes. Sometimes, watch factories dispose of their rejected parts so I’ll find them there.
What future projects are you working on?
I am currently working on the two notions of time and space. They are both different but, ultimately, inseparable. I’m spending all my time researching the intertwining of these two notions, so that I can create something that best represents my interpretation of them.
What is the most important thing an artist should do?
An artist must feel free. It is necessary to ceaselessly question what you do, but also to keep a clear unifying theme in mind.
*Interview by Esquire