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Oh So Glam Interiors Enhanced by a Dazzling Contemporary Art Collection at the Bund’s Sophisticated New Dining Lounge and Bar

March 7, 2016 Dining No Comments Email Email

unnamed (24)Shanghai’s sophisticated new Bund-front dining lounge and bar is glam by name, and glam by nature. Created by global hospitality designers Duncan Miller Ullmann (DMU), Glam is an utterly gorgeous yet comfortably relaxed spot to enjoy a perfectly poured drink, delicious meal and our various cultural events. An eclectic collection of contemporary art adds to the casual-chic, creative vibe.

On the seventh floor of an historic Bund building, Glam is styled across split levels offset by a wall of large heritage windowpanes that frame mesmerising panoramic views of the Shanghai Bund and riverside. Adorning the upper level, an eclectic collection of upholstered bespoke armchairs, lovers’ seats-for-two and low-slung barstools invite relaxed lounging and seductive sipping. The lower level of the lounge features traditional warm wood dining tables, ideal for sharing Glam’s delicious array of modern dishes with friends while enjoying the iconic views.

Glam’s inviting space glimmers in dark jewel tones inspired by the colourful drama of a peacock’s tail. The emerald green and sapphire blue hues are accented with warm brass, dark mirrored ceilings, the room’s original silver-plated columns and a reflective champagne-tinted vintage bar.

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A lace-embroidered bull’s head by French-born, Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos

Characteristic of M Restaurant Group’s signature cultured streak, visual art takes centre stage at Glam. A flamboyantly curated collection of paintings, sculptures and electronic art from Glam owner Michelle Garnaut’s personal collection decorates the space.

Guests enter Glam through a crystal waterfall into a gleaming foyer encased in silver leaf, with eccentric art wrapping the walls and ceiling. Custom designed exclusively for Glam by Australian-Hong Kong artist/writer/cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love/ Chongqing Express), the “Food Ladies Collection” features figures from Shanghai’s halcyon 1930s vigorously mixed with contemporary food images. Chris describes the artworks to be “suggestive of plates and platters, the shared food experience.” In addition to the collage, Doyle contributed a custom video.

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The two pieces by American artist Elisabeth Condon

Other artistic highlights include works by Iranian artist Khosrow Hassanzadeh and Japanese painter and sculptor Isao Miura, who trained in Japan and London and was announced a Fellow in the Bronze Foundry at Chelsea College of Art in 2014/15. A lace-embroidered bull’s head above the bar is by French-born, Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos. Two pieces by American artist Elisabeth Condon were created using fluorescent and Chinese ink during her six-month art residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, just down the road from Glam. Blue Landscape and Disco Mountain combine the spontaneous expression in Western abstraction with the shaped brush marks and balancing elements of Chinese ink brush painting.

For an unforgettable Bund experience, sneak away to the sexiest sipping spot in the city – The Kissing Corner. Tucked in the far corner of Glam, this VIP area offers additional privacy for couples and small groups. Texan designer Brenda Houston’s enormous overblown fluorite mural is offset by the unmistakable view of the Oriental Pearl Tower shimmering in the background.

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