Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, teamed up with yoo, co-founded by John Hitchcox and Phillipe Starck, to form Wanders & yoo, one of several design studios living in the house of yoo. (This is separate from yoo hotels, btw.)
Wanders has no shortage of imagination and design fantasy, having brought us the irresistible Andaz Amsterdam. Joining design forces with yoo was a natural fit for this project.
The interiors unquestionably take a modern approach to Chinese tradition, but its essence is all there. The public spaces and the guest rooms feature traditional elements such as floral patterns in area rugs and wall coverings, - just enlarged. Ornately carved woodwork, expressions in red, and decorative ceramics provide elegance to the magical design. There are so many imaginative details, some of which salute the fairy tale, while others we think simply came from Mr. Wanders' creative mind. We can point to one major design element that is featured in almost every room -- the jumbo-sized carved molding which is used as a wall paneling and even as custom furniture. This is the stuff of dreams -- design dreams.
Mira Moon offers 91 rooms named Half Moon, New Moon, and Full Moon, cleverly referring to the size. There is one penthouse suite, the Moonshine Suite. Rooms include a sizeable LED TV screen, iPad mini, and free WiFi and free mini bar. Our kind of mini bar. Rates in March start at around $270 a night.
Here are some more images that have us over the "Mira Moon":
Once inside the entrance to Mira Moon, every hotel guest becomes a VIP. Fear not, there are plenty of mirrors to make sure you look like one.
The lobby reflects traditional Chinese elements, transformed with the use of modern furnishings, globe lighting, and the larger-than-life molding details.
A fun reference to the fairy tale as winged rabbits light up the bar. Certainly this will make for great cocktail conversation.
This is a Half Moon guest room, which shows off Wanders & yoo's wonderful fusion of tradition and the here and now.
It should not be too hard to imagine a social gathering on this terrace. Dress the part.
[Photos: Mira Moon, yoo]