"Acuna’s favourite part about the project? 'The opportunity to work with a concept from a feminine perspective that is all about warmth and softness. But it’s a kind of femininity that is not passive, it’s actually quite sure-footed and aggressive, like it stands for something,' he tells us."
"Tasking Hong Kong-based architect James Acuna, Lau has together with Acuna, produced a crisp, understated design in a sorbet palette of soft pink and natural bleached timber, softened by sensuous upholstery and subtle lighting."
Hong Kong Tatler Dining
"The pretty pastel, marble and copper interiors of the new Tate—designed and executed by rising star James JJ Acuna—provide a beautiful dining environment. "
"Seen as a next-generation version of the destination restaurant in Hong Kong, Acuña, in collaboration with branding consultant, Olivia Pong and graphic designers, Entendre Studio, conceptualised a true-to-Hong Kong, yet non-kitschy representation of the Little Bao brand that looks forward to the world, yet still honours its Hong Kong roots, romanticised through design details and elements which hark back to the glamour of the Old World Chinese cafe and Hong Kong 80's pop nostalgia. "
The Philippine Inquirer
"James JJ Acuna, founder and editor of the Wanderlister+, is an architect and interior designer based in Hong Kong and whose love and fascination for his craft have brought him tremendous success and respect from among peers. An individual who loves to travel and explore the world, Acuna gets much of his inspiration from his daily encounters and experiences."
COVER FEATURE "Haunts of Hong Kong- Trendspotter and architect JJ Acuna reveals his Fragrant Harbor Favorites"
The Design 100
"The Elephant Grounds Coffee Shop in Hong Kong's chic Star Street Precinct", wins the Silver Award in the Hong Kong Design Awards for 2016.
"The architect, designer and founder of theWanderlister+ has been busy lately. Tamsin Bradshaw grabs coffee with the man-of-many-hats to find out about his new studio, and to hear what’s happening in his world."
"Cult-Favorite Diner Little Bao Opens up New Space in Bangkok. The famous bao burger is making its way to Thailand."
"Little Bao now heads to Bangkok, where it will be opening its first-ever location in Thailand. Right from the get-go, fans of the restaurant will recognize the brand’s famed pink neon sign in the shape of a rather adorable “buddha baby.” For its new Thailand-based restaurant, design studio JJA/Bespoke Architecture by James JJ Acuna, collaborates with branding consultant Olivia Pong and graphic designers Entendre Studio for a space that harks back to the glamor of Old World Chinese cafes and Hong Kong’s nostalgic ’80s pop aesthetic."
‘The food is quirky and modern, so I wanted the interiors to mirror this tone,’ says the Hong Kong-based designer, JJ Acuna of JJA/Bespoke Architecture. ‘The elements are all essentially "Hong Kong" in form and exist all over the city, but our placement and choreography makes it one-of-a-kind for Thai diners.’
"Elephant Grounds 咖啡厅，将自然搬上了香港街头
Retail Design Blog
"Upon the unveiling of the brand new 1120 sq.ft space housing the Elephant Grounds Coffee flagship in Hong Kong’s chic Star Street Precinct, the project, a work by JJA / Bespoke Architecture, immediately transformed the character of its ownsite and surrounding neighbourhood, through the passive performance of the design’s warm timber-based materials with an emphasison spatial transparency through indoor-outdoor oriented planning."
"Open Studio: JJA / Bespoke Achitecture. While finance and property may rule the city’s skyline, Hong Kong is also fast becoming a hub for creative entrepreneurs. Old and buzzing neighbourhoods alike are home to start-up ventures—not surprising given the city’s long history with cultivating and growing businesses. We speak to architect JJ Acuña of JJA / Bespoke Architecture—which most recently did the interiors of the fourth branch of home grown coffeehouse Elephant Grounds, newly opened earlier this month. JJ tells us about founding his new design practice right here in Hong Kong."
‘I've also always wanted to diminish the formal line of the back-of-house versus front-of-house by designing a low coffee bar to make it feel like you are being served at someone’s own kitchen at home,’ says designer JJ Acuna.
"The project’s corner site was an opportunity for the designers and client, to give importance to the all-day-cafe as it becomes a natural intersection for the area’s tenants and ofﬁce workers’ daily activities."
"The Elephant Grounds coffee shop in Wan Chai has navigated Hong Kong’s stringent planning laws and unpredictable weather to create a community café that opens up to the street. Rik Glauert writes."
"Elephant Grounds Debuts an Airy Nature-Inspired Space in the Heart of Hong Kong's Concrete Jungle" - A uniquely bright space in the heart of one of Hong Kong's busiest neighbourhoods.
"Designed by Journeys" - James "JJ" Acuna sits down with LifestyleAsia for his first magazine feature in the Philippines to talk about building cultural centers in China, urban Villas in Manila and documenting design and adventures on his famed blog, Wanderlister.