Daft Punk’s Former Creative Director Gives Hong Kong's Cassio A New Look
As nightlife cautiously makes a comeback in Hong Kong, there's no shortage of discussion about the venues we can't wait to return to. Cassio is a name on many lips, and even more so because the Wyndham Street staple recently underwent an impressive redesign.
Owner Gilbert Yeung, who also owns Dragon-i and Tazmania Ballroom, teamed up with Paris-based luxury furniture design house, Hervet Manufacturier, for the project. Headed by cousins Cédric and Nicolas Hervet, Cédric served as Daft Punk’s creative director for over 15 years, designing album covers and overseeing stage set design for their performance at the 2014 Grammy's.
“When we first discovered Cassio and the elegance of the place combined with the festive atmosphere, we immediately pictured The Great Gatsby,” says Cédric. “We thought it could be interesting to create a bridge between the 1920s and today.”
Retro-futuristic elements of walnut wood, turquoise velvet and hairline brass dominate in this epic overhaul. Hervet Manufacturier produced custom-made furniture, lighting and a DJ booth, which Cedric Hervet describes as a “spaceship that landed on the dance floor”.
The said dance floor is surrounded by sleek booths and tables, including a coveted VVIP table which grants access to a private, hidden bar, accessible by a one-time password — because as much as we miss nights out, we certainly don't miss crowding around a bar waiting for service.
Keeping this in mind, the clever new design at Cassio boasts three other bars throughout venue to reduce crowding and waiting time for drinks. One of the bars sits under a massive video art installation by Canadian director and artist, Marco Brambilla, who created the artwork specially for Yeung.
This is Cassio’s first major make-over since the venue opened in late 2016. And this time, it’s personal. Yeung has created a sense of intimacy with privately collected artworks, and visual references to some of his favourite movies and musicians. The popular outdoor terrace remains a tropical-kitsch paradise, with vintage furniture Yeung has collected over the years from antique stores in Paris.
“We’re not just a nightclub," says Yeung. "We’re welcoming you to your second home where you can spend a whole evening having fun – starting with after-work drinks and tapas and if the mood is right, stay on to dance the night away.”
Cassio, 2/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3792 0129; cassio.com.hk