Hong Kong – Lifetastic Patisserie, if its optimistic name gives you any indication, is catered towards the romantic (and sweet-toothed) of the world – conveniently, many like-minded individuals seem to be gathering in Hong Kong. At Lifetastic, decadence is the objective, and the interiors, developed by Max Lam Designs and resplendent with bespoke elements, are not a touch off-brand.
Patissiers, chocolatiers and other sweet-makers have been setting visual and aromatic window-traps for centuries to bring in customers. Lifetastic is no exception. A glass-and-marble cabinet at the entrance puts the bakery’s layer cakes – in flavours like dragon fruit and lemon, and fig and charcoal – on full, unavoidable display. After one is invariably lured in, they’re welcomed into a royal blue space decked in brass, walnut veneer and white marble.
‘Inspired by the client's signature multi-layered cakes, a multi-layered arch was built to create a tunnel for customers, [to give the feeling they’re in] Cake World,’ said Lam. ‘We came up with a wall covering of five different textures, patterns and shades of blue to produce a gradient effect resembling a piece of cake with nine layers, [complete with] brass trimmings between them.’
The so-called cake world is equipped with two asymmetrically curved booths for private conversations, specifically designed to accommodate lovers. Surrounding the pastry showcase centrepiece are a variety of seating styles to suit the needs of other customers, be they families or solo-snackers. So, while sweets are actually available on Hong Kong’s Deliveroo platform, this is a space we’d suggest you make the trip for, enamoured or not.
Lifetastic Patisserie was submitted to the spatial design competition of the year – Frame Awards 2020. Like the project? Keep your eye out on its progress. Think you can compete? Submit your best work here.