Industrial Kwun Tong is not the most obvious place in which to showcase contemporary art, but that's where you'll find the cutting-edge collection of L'hotel elan. The Chinachem Group hotel soft-opened amid the district's commercial buildings and warehouses last month.
Art consultant and industry veteran Natalie Blair set out to give the hotel a boutique gallery that was 'whimsical, fun and creative'. Highlights include Geo-Logic by Australian artist Geoffrey Nees, which mimics a starry sky and hovers above the lifts in the lobby, and a porcelain and steel dragonfly sculpture by mainland artist Feng Shu. Another highlight is the flowing stainless-steel work by local artist Cheong Chi-ping (better known as Ban Zhang) titled Cheongsam, which references the thriving textile industry of Kwun Tong's past.
During their visit to the city for Art HK last month, mainland artists Liu Zhuoquan, Dai Dandan and Huang Xu stayed in the hotel and created three pieces inspired by Hong Kong. Liu's collection of painted bottles, Dai's installation of rocks collected from the mainland and Hong Kong, and Huang's photographs and an installation made of buttons now adorn the interior of L'hotel elan.
These works are showcased alongside pieces sourced by Blair from around the world that include digital art, installations, paintings and photography.
General manager Sylvia Chung says art was brought into the hotel to foster a 'personalised approach to business travel' - creating a 'business without boredom' environment for guests.
L'hotel elan is at 38 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. For more information, visit lhotelelan.com.