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 is a beautifully distorted lighting globe that creates a mesmerizing melting hot blown glass effect. Translucent when on and mirror-finish when off, it emits an attractive, mildly hallucinogenic light. Available in copper, gold and chrome and as a floor and table standing lamp.
Curve Ball Pendant 45cm
Is it a satellite, or is it an Art Deco sculpture? Neither actually. It is a new curved geometrical light with a microscopic precision-pierced surface and soft nickel silver coating. Curve internally reflects and emits a filtered glow of ethereal light. This 45cm version of the Curve Pendant is the larger of the two options, why not mix and match with the rest of the range.
Fade Pendant Gold 50cm
A blow moulded polycarbonate light cannon that focusses the lightbulb's output, acting as the ultimate oversized spotlight. Available in chrome, copper and gold.