Written by Dave

Saturday, 26 November 2011

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montecristotazmania ballroom

The Yeung Empire

The elite club is the second establishment in entrepreneur Gilbert Yeung’s exclusive empire, following the overwhelming success of Asia’s infamous Dragon-i - an eclectic party spot attracting young, fashionable socialites from around the world. Like Dragon- i, guests are only admitted at the discretion of the management, making it one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. They’ve even adopted the motto “If you’re not cool or connected, you need not apply.”

Yeung, who spent time at both a British boarding school and a Canadian college, was inspired by the dark, smoke-filled venues he frequented as a student. Deciding to create a glamorous club in a similar style to his favourite Western haunts, he developed the concept of an after-hours games room in the heart of Hong Kong. Bringing renowned designer Tom Dixon together with London’s Design Research Studio, the trio put together an exotic, elaborate club where partygoers can dance, drink and play games in super-stylish surroundings.

Elite Design

The design is certainly one of the club’s most enticing features; once inside it’s a shimmering world of style, luxury and opulence that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hong-Kong based Bond film. Guests are transported into another galaxy as they enter through a bronze mirrored staircase which opens into the glamorous pool hall.  With geometric, diamond buttressed walls, book-lined floor-to-ceiling shelves and jagged, cavernous coves it’s an eclectic, glitz-filled hide-away for the super-cool.


And it was bound to be an elite design with Tom Dixon on board. Rising to prominence in the mid 1980s as a talented but untrained designer, he gained experience working for Italian manufacturer Cappellini where one of his very first designs was the iconic ‘S chair’. Dixon then went on to become Creative Director at Habitat, and won an OBE in 2001 for his work. By 2008 he’d been voted Architektur and Wohnen magazines Designer of the Year and his work is currently on display in permanent collections at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museums of Modern Art in New York And Tokyo, and the Pompidou Centre, Paris.

Brought together by Yeung’s entrepreneurial spirit, Dixon and the Design Research Studio - the interior arm of the Design Research Group, famous for London-based projects including Shoreditch House and Paramount private member’s club - created the uber-cool club using themes and ideas apparent in prohibition clubs and Yeung’s favourite Canadian bars. Tazmania Ballroom became a fusion between Canada, London and Hong Kong, between prohibition America and contemporary Asia, between games and glamour. And it’s a fusion that is creating some noticeable sparks - the launch of the club has gone off with a bang and it is cue-ing up to be one of the coolest pool halls ever created.

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