Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is renowned for its Indonesian hospitality and service, the five star luxury hotel offers exemplary personalized service in luxurious surroundings. A new addition to its award-winning restaurants and bar concepts is Li Feng, a fine Cantonese restaurant located on the second floor, offering a main dining area, as well as three elegant and distinctive private dining rooms. Designed by Hong Kong-based LRF Designers Limited, the restaurant’s interior is inspired by the voyage history and spices-trade between China and the old Jakarta, Batavia. The sailing theme is incorporated into its glass art and paintings as well as a ceiling lighting sculpture made in the Czech Republic by LASVIT, a sought-after glass design and production company.
“The concept is derived from merchant voyages when junk sails cruised the seas. Water surfaces are represented upside down, using hand-made turquoise glass components in the contours of waves. Their special crackled textures create a sparkling sea-like effect.”
Amber-colored glass elements evoke stylized ancient junk sails with a sense of sunset. A black metal frame reflects the whole scene, creating a mysterious and dreamy atmosphere.
The private dining areas are adorned with two more designs by Mertlova, each distinct, yet remaining thematic. The opal and amber Chinese Lanterns reference the simple shape of classic paper lanterns with an elegant vertical cut that provides intriguing glass reflections.The Beacon lighting sculpture is elegantly placed over a round dining table for nine guests. The installation is composed of oversized cut-crystal rods with a pattern highlighting the prismatic effect of fine cut crystal.
“As with many artworks, there were several inspirations blending a final result. I thought of the sunlight and moonlight that accompanied sailors across the seas, as well as the symbol of a crown and idea of a lighthouse, a beacon of refracted light that guides sailors home.”
While the restaurant serves authentic yet contemporary Cantonese dishes, LASVIT’s glass lighting sculptures are based on traditional craft interpreted through a modern design vision.