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Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong opens Special Patrick Lichfield Suite

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Friday, 2 March 2007

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled the final stage of its multi-million dollar renovation, an exclusive suite dedicated to the memory of Patrick Lichfield, the celebrated photographer behind Mandarin Oriental Hotel Groups award-winning global Hes a fan/Shes a fan advertising campaign.

A regular visitor to Hong Kong for over forty years, Lord Lichfield frequently stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, considering it his Asian home. His untimely death came shortly before the hotels extensive renovation began, and it was decided to honour his contribution to Mandarin Oriental history by creating a suite in his name.

Lord Lichfield had a wide and eclectic group of friends: A cousin of HM Queen Elizabeth II and friend of Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Lichfield charmed all who knew him, enjoying an illustrious career photographing many of the world's most beautiful women. His last fan portrait for Mandarin Oriental was of recent Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren (see picture).

The interior design for the suite pays homage to Lichfields celebrated style. His friend, Nicky Haslam, the well-known British interior designer, was specially commissioned for the project, and sought inspiration from Lichfields legendary London photographic studio.

Furnished in black, white, silver and red, the suite is reminiscent of the 1960s and 70s, with stylistic details that evoke a photographic studio, such as tripod lamps and curtains made from metallic fabric. The glass-topped coffee table contains Lichfield memorabilia, including contact sheets, keepsakes and even some of the miniature Tabasco bottles that he always carried with him.

Thoughtful details have been incorporated throughout the 80 sq m space such as the nightstand, which holds some of Lichfields favourite books as well as his own published titles. Some never previously shown shots of Hong Kong are hung on the walls as well as portraits of Joanna Lumley and Chaplin and Brando, alongside informal photographs of the British Royal family.

New Lichfield Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong - click to enlarge

Patrick was instrumental in portraying the image behind Mandarin Orientals brand, photographing our many celebrity fans in locations where they felt most comfortable. His talent, creativity and wit were enjoyed by all who knew him, said Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. The creation of this beautiful suite at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, his favourite hotel, is a fitting tribute and provides a rare insight into both his prolific career and private life.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group owns and operates some of the worlds most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 20 luxury hotels with a further 14 under development in Riviera Maya, Mexico and Hainan Island, China (2007), Barcelona and Boston (2008), Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, Macau, Marrakech, Turks and Caicos and Grand Cayman (2009) and Guangzhou, Taipei and Paris (2010). In total, Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 9,500 rooms in 20 countries with 15 hotels in Asia, 12 in the Americas and seven in Europe and North Africa.

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