Under the creative direction of Tom Dixon, Design Research Studio (DRS) has created the interiors for ALTO, a new contemporary grill in Hong Kong. ALTO is Design Research Studio’s first restaurant project in Asian territory.
DRS has called upon the practice of alchemy and the four classical elements of earth, air, fire and water to create dramatic and striking interiors that bare the darker side of nature. Inspired by ALTO ’s concept of a contemporary grill with reinterpreted classics, each furnishing and fixture has been carefully selected for its association with the natural elements or the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Tom Dixon used a monochrome backdrop to frame ALTO ’s expansive views and the interior’s raw textures. The restaurant’s expansive canopy of 230 gold mini Melt lights - the biggest installation of its kind in the world - sits over the main restaurant space and creates a warm glow that distorts, reflects and sets the glamourous tone of the dining experience. Blackened timber table tops and benches resonate fire, as does the molten metal of the restaurant’s brass fittings and fixtures.
Extensive use of green marble and terrazzo stone throughout the restaurant embody earth and ALTO’s mountainous geographical location.
18 Tang Lung St,
Lunch: noon to 3:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Weekend Brunch: noon to 3.30pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
A cluster of gold Fade pendants sit over the dining booths, the fading metallised surfaces referencing heat and smoke rising from the kitchen.
The VIP room focuses on air and oxidation, the ethereal Curve pendants and wall lights are chosen for their soft silver finish and perforated surface.
Melt Mini Pendant Gold
Melt Mini is a beautifully distorted small pendant in a modern Gold finish and matching ceiling rose. Emitting an attractive, mildly hallucinogenic light, this ceiling light creates a mesmirizing melting hot-blown glass effect when on and a mirror-finish effect when off. Made in Germany using a high tech manufacturing technique to achieve the perfect melted orb.
Fade Pendant Gold 50cm
A blow moulded polycarbonate light cannon, FadeÕs teardrop shape focusses the lightbulb's output into a satisfyingly round and luminous circle, acting as the ultimate oversized spotlight. The metalized finish is unusual as it graduates from completely reflective to transparent in an even fade along the body of the light.