MRS POUND RESTAURANT & BAR by NC Design & Architecture

A secretive speakeasy bar disguised behind a Chinese Stamp Shop
Discretely perched on a sloping corner in Hong Kong’s famous antiques district, Sheung Wan, Mrs. Pound by NCDA is a small 45
seat (150 m2) speakeasy restaurant & bar that offers a modern and playful spin on an Asian fusion cuisine.
The restaurant’s disguised façade is informed by the fictional narrative of two star crossed lovers who secretly reunite in midlife.
As the legend suggests, the restaurant’s namesake character Mrs. Pound was a renowned burlesque dancer in 1950’s Shanghai.
Weary of the limelight, the glamorous femme fatale retires in 1960’s Hong Kong to seek refuge with her childhood love, the married
Mr. Ming. An avid stamp collector, Mr. Ming sets up a neighborhood stamp shop as the perfect front to disguise Mrs. Pound’s
speakeasy, their clandestine meeting spot.

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To gain entry to Mrs. Pound, initiated guests activate a concealed door by pressing a secret stamp hidden within the massive illuminated
vitrine. The shop façade slides open to reveal a vibrant pink and green dining space filled with vintage photos and intimate
memorabilia that tell the story of Mrs. Pound’s mysterious and extravagant life.
NCDA drew inspiration from the cult film classics of Wong Kar Wai to achieve a hybrid environment that fuses East and West, mixing
elements of traditional Hong Kong with a bold vision of the future. The restaurant is divided into two main spaces: the lower dining
area conveys a feminine glamour through the use pink leather banquettes, mirrored marquee lights, pink patterned Chinese tile
and delicate gold accents. The upper dining area conveys a rugged masculine counterpoint through the use of diagonal concrete
panels, green floor tile, green barstools and colorful atmospheric neon artwork.
The two spaces meet at the bar, where tiles slowly change in color from pink to green highlighted by iconic gymnastic ring lights
that add a layer of visual complexity to the space. This complexity extends throughout the bar, where butterflies and other artefacts
take the visitor on journey through the lives of Mrs. Pound and Mr. Ming.
At Mrs. Pound, the seamless integration of interior design, furniture, lighting fixtures, graphics, staff uniforms and menu result in a
multi-layered sensory and gastronomic experience. Through the synthesis of the vintage references and modern details, NCDA has
set a compelling stage for the theater of dining.

 

 

PROJECT DATA
Project Title:
Mrs Pound
Location:
Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Interior Design:
NC Design & Architecture Ltd (NCDA), www.ncda.biz
Project Designer:
Nelson Chow (NCDA), nelson@nelson-chow.com
Alexander Chan (NCDA), alexchan@ncda.biz
Johan Hovgaard Simonsen (NCDA), johanhovgaard@ncda.biz
Graphic Design:
NC Design & Architecture Ltd (NCDA), www.ncda.biz
a107, www.a107.com/wp
Entendre Studios, www.entendrestudios.com/
Photography:
Dennis Lo Designs, www.dennislo.com
Justin Lim, www.justlimphoto.com

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