Design Research Studio under the creative direction of Tom Dixon have created the striking interiors of ALTO, a contemporary new grill restaurant in Hong Kong. The first restaurant project in Asian territory for Design Research Studio, ALTO has the hallmark urban aesthetic of the Tom Dixon brand.
Taking inspiration from the practice of alchemy and the four classical elements of earth, air, fire and water, DRS have created a dramatic interior look. Baring the darker side of nature, the concept of ALTO features reinterpreted classics, with each furnishing and fixture being carefully selected. All of the design details hold an association to the natural elements or the transformation of ordinary into the extraordinary.
A monochrome backdrop frames ALTO’s expansive views and the beautifully raw textures used throughout the interior. One of the most eye-catching elements of the restaurant is the expansive canopy of 230 gold mini Melt lights, the biggest installation of its kind in the world. It sits over the main space and effortlessly creates an ambient glow that reflects the light to set the tone for a glamorous dining experience. The restaurant’s brass fittings and fixtures resonate fire along with the blackened timber table tops and benches.
Green marble and terrazzo stone have been used extensively throughout, embodying earth and ALTO’s mountainous location. Like his many restaurants, from Bronte to Dock Kitchen, ALTO features many of Tom Dixon’s designs, including the Melt, Fade and Curve lighting, Scoop and Wingback chairs, the Form tea set and Scent candle collection.
The VIP room focuses on the themes of air and oxidation, and it is in here that the Curve pendants and wall lights have been chosen for their soft silver finish and perforated surface. The Scoop chair is all about comfort, with generous proportions and a scooped shape it has been designed to hold the sitter in an enclosed space. Taking its inspiration from a quintessential British classic design the Wingback chair has been re-mastered for modern times, which makes it the perfect addition to ALTO.
Architectural interior design practice Design Research Studio was set up in 2002, and remains under the creative direction of revered designer Tom Dixon. The team are known for interpreting projects in their purist form and the meaning of the building within its environment, such as with their work at Mondrian London and the Tom Dixon Apartments at Greenwich Peninsular.