Mister C. embodies the decadence and sophistication of the quintessential hotel lobby bar. At its core the lounge is classically rooted but finds balance thorough modern touches and a commitment to impeccable food and service.
Beating life and lust into Toronto’s Entertainment District, Bisha is the premium destination for inspired nightlife. Designed to host the city’s most lavish cocktail experience, Studio Munge’s vision of seductive hospitality extends to Miser C. with a sultry yet sophisticated deviance.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality International, thought leader and Studio Munge’s Principal Alessandro Munge said: “Mister C. is just one of four F&B destinations that Studio Munge designed in Bisha. The boutique hotel – a dream project of our long-time client and hospitality maverick Charles Khabouth, was designed by our studio so the involvement happened organically through the confidence Khabouth had in our ability to bring his vision to life.
“During the design process, our studio was living and breathing Bisha. In creating the hotel’s lobby lounge, we didn’t need a brief. We understood the emotions and dramatic ambience expected by the client and from there Mister C. evolved. The lounge would provoke the inhibitions of the day to be released and for a departure into the night to take over.”
Inspired by the intricate patterns of an Alexander McQueen dress, the lobby bar treats hotel guests and cosmopolitan urbanites to a sensual journey through elegant depths of lush materiality. Featuring striking and subtly integrated design details, the lounge is cloaked in rich textures and custom furnishings.
Alessandro added: “The placement and design of Mister C.’s furniture program is what makes the space feel so different and unique. Gone are the days of oversized and immovable chairs. The low lounge seating is coupled in close arrangements enticing intimacy and freed inhibitions. The slender dimensions and diversity within leather layers and soft emerald textures encourage movement and social interaction between guests.
“With special attention to space planning, the guest is drawn deep into the darkness of Mister C. by a gold circular fireplace. As glowing custom scones light the way, the round metal pierces through a striking verde antico marble wall. These moments of wonder and awe continuously energize the guest experience and promise an evolving sense of discovery throughout the evening and upon return.”
The project has recently been shortlisted for a 2018 Restaurant & Bar Design award in the category of American Bars. Now in its tenth year, the Restaurant & Bar Design awards are a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces.
Alessandro Munge concluded: “Within its first year, Mister C. has swept newsstands. Gracing the cover of Boutique Design, Mister C. has also been featured in publications such as Hospitality Design, NUVO, Toronto Life, the Chicago Tribute, and Contract Magazine. Recognized for its sultry yet, welcoming ambiance the lounge was a finalist in this year’s AHEAD Awards and has been shortlisted in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards taking place in the fall.”