Young and daringly creative interior design team Joyce Wang Studio brings the new Italian dining hotspot Spiga to life with its flare for innovative, referential design, inspired by the cinematic splendour of 1950s Italy. Spiga is taking the Hong Kong dining scene by storm establishing the LHT Tower on Queen’s Road Central as the top Italian dining destination with capacity for 128 people in the 7,000 sq. ft. spacious indoor and outdoor seating featuring two Michelin Star Chef Enrico Bartolini’s signature dishes.
Adding to the studio’s award-winning portfolio of destination restaurants in Hong Kong, Joyce Wang has created a spectacular environment that transports diners to the best of Italian design in a series of vibrant, eclectic interior spaces. “In keeping with the Italian dining offer at SPIGA we brought out a series of playful elements from Italian design culture to bring the experience to life. It feels sophisticated with a laidback glamour to it,” says studio principal Joyce Wang.
Spiga is open at 31 Queen’s Road Central
Like a treasure trail, details throughout the six dining areas reveal clues, anecdotes and adventures of the best of 20th century Italy; from vintage music instruments, iconic lighting and themed antiquities collected from all over the world, each detail tells a story with its own history, taking guests on an explorative journey through time-honoured Italy.
Lighting was a key starting point, with a series of vintage Italian light fixtures from the fabrication houses of Arteluce, Fontana Arte, Stilnovo, providing much of the character throughout Spiga. “Many of the Italian lighting designs have really distinct profiles and personalities – they all feel like different characters” Wang explains. “We have sourced a large number of lights and grouped them in celebrated Italian backdrops such as the circus and piazza to bring out a multitude of experiences across Spiga.”
Lighting is a central design focus at newly opening Spiga
Spiga’s layout includes different areas to help add layers of character to the 7000 sq. ft. of space. One of these spaces include the semi-private Secret Garden area, which takes its cues from Italian town public spaces, combining brick, hammered marble, hanging plants and cables strung across the tall ceilings with “garden insect” dimmed lights hanging down between the sky-high plants.
The central dining area is inspired by the world of the vintage Italian circus, with silk wallpaper outlined by ropes along the ceiling that resemble circus tent fabric, and original circus items such as juggling pins and flame throwers to complete the theme. The large pendulum chandelier with its slowly moving arm is a key focus of the whole restaurant inspired by the street performers of Italy. Parallel to the centre table is the long bar with Charles Holiis Jones acrylic swivelling bar stools pushed against the bar covered in recycled leather soles from an old shoe factory in Hong Kong.
Portico is the garden terrace attached to Spiga
The forward dining area, adjacent to the open kitchen area has an urban theme, inspired by elements of Italian metro stations with terrazzo flooring, tubular furniture and a lighting sculpture that resembles a metro map composed of steel tubes linking together a collection of Stilnovo globe lights.
Tucked in the street front corner of the restaurant is a sophisticated private dining room lit by Italian vintage sconces, Roma, and a separate buffet area, anchored by monolithic slabs of marble below leather straps draped across the ceiling is inspired by Campo dei Fiori – the historic market square in Rome with a history of equestrian activity. A radiating flower pattern is etched into the terrazzo as an ode to the flower market days of the piazza.
The large 214 sq. ft. outdoor terrace, Portico, invites a welcoming glow to Hong Kong’s most bustling business district. Lush plants and emerald green and blue tiles create the illusion of a spacious outdoor garden. With intimate dining tables, island couches and a long angular bar at one end, the terrace has been designed with a series of more relaxed intimate spaces with furniture of different heights and planting used as loose space dividers. The centre of the terrace is defined by a collection of large, island banquettes in lush indigo patterns arranged in an angle to create a more fun and lively atmosphere for bigger groups and relaxed cocktail parties.
Spiga is a celebration of Italian vintage glamour. Rich materials such as silk wallpaper, metals, leather and marble have been draped, rusted and hammered rather than polished, in order to bring out their rugged character and prevent them feeling too precious. “It was such a rich time in Italian culture and recreating different elements of the feeling in each of the spaces makes for a captivating environment that is both sophisticated and fun. We want to transport people to Italy, as well as provide a different atmosphere with each visit,” says Wang.