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Castellana to Reopen in Central With Brand New Two-Storey Space
Designed by JJ Acuña, the new location will allow new head chef Romeo Morelli to flex his culinary muscle
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Designed by JJ Acuña, the new location will allow new head chef Romeo Morelli to flex his culinary muscle
Homage to Filipino Culture: Inside Designer JJ Acuña and His Sister Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine's Family Home in Manila
The luminous Manila family home of designer JJ Acuña and his sister Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine reflects their cultural heritage and the soulful energy that bonds their members together
Tatler Asia
The luminous Manila family home of designer JJ Acuña and his sister Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine reflects their cultural heritage and the soulful energy that bonds their members together
Inner Beauty: This Season’s Hottest Restaurant Interior Design Trends
Attempting to satisfy our aesthetic appetite, we turn to three designers to reveal the most delicious restaurant trends
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Attempting to satisfy our aesthetic appetite, we turn to three designers to reveal the most delicious restaurant trends
Heimat Restaurant by Peter Find
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio worked to recreate the sense of home by studying icons of German Architecture in their completion of the Heimat Restaurant by Peter Find in Hong Kong.
Hospitality Snapshots
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio worked to recreate the sense of home by studying icons of German Architecture in their completion of the Heimat Restaurant by Peter Find in Hong Kong.
Dark green elements + antique finish characterize this milanese-style coffee shop in Hong Kong
“Jj Acuna / Bespoke Studio designed a milanese-style coffee-to-cocktail destination bringing the coffee culture of milan to hong kong’s trendy neighborhood happy valley. the 84 sqm destination officially opened as the first and sole distributor of the famed italian GRISO coffee beans in asia, bringing authentic milanese-style coffee to hong kong.”
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“Jj Acuna / Bespoke Studio designed a milanese-style coffee-to-cocktail destination bringing the coffee culture of milan to hong kong’s trendy neighborhood happy valley. the 84 sqm destination officially opened as the first and sole distributor of the famed italian GRISO coffee beans in asia, bringing authentic milanese-style coffee to hong kong.”
New Book - “By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers”
"By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers" published by Phaidon is now available worldwide
"By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers" published by Phaidon is now available worldwide
Lifestyle Asia
27 Questions: JJ Acuna, interior designer and founder of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Lifestyle Asia
27 Questions: JJ Acuna, interior designer and founder of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Somewhere Special
A charmingly refreshed space at Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip becomes a Guangdong-style restaurant with a Lingnan-lifestyle interior
Tasting Kitchen
A charmingly refreshed space at Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip becomes a Guangdong-style restaurant with a Lingnan-lifestyle interior
Sunday Post Magazine: Larvotto Residence
A Gen Z green sofa set off with yellow and red, feng shui partitions, rattan seating and textured paint – Ap Lei Chau pad tips its hat to old Hong Kong
South China Morning Post
A Gen Z green sofa set off with yellow and red, feng shui partitions, rattan seating and textured paint – Ap Lei Chau pad tips its hat to old Hong Kong
Inside The Hong Kong Home Of Coffeelin’s Lucas Sam
Sam Lucas enlisted interior designer JJ Acuna of Bespoke studios to design his sleek apartment in Ap Lei Chau
Vogue HK
Sam Lucas enlisted interior designer JJ Acuna of Bespoke studios to design his sleek apartment in Ap Lei Chau
Hospitality Snapshots
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio turned the Coffeelin Cafe and Bar into a multi-functional space for day and night use with artistic design elements and a variety of seating set against the green backdrop
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio turned the Coffeelin Cafe and Bar into a multi-functional space for day and night use with artistic design elements and a variety of seating set against the green backdrop
JJ Acuna on His New Project, Instagrammable Spaces and Meaningful Design
Since setting up his concept architecture and interior design practice in 2015 in Hong Kong and Manila, JJ Acuna has designed some of our city’s most popular hospitality outlets, including Elephant Grounds’ Caine Road flagship and chef Vicky Lau’s Tate Dining Room
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Since setting up his concept architecture and interior design practice in 2015 in Hong Kong and Manila, JJ Acuna has designed some of our city’s most popular hospitality outlets, including Elephant Grounds’ Caine Road flagship and chef Vicky Lau’s Tate Dining Room
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio Pays Homage to Milan in Hong Kong Café
Located at the base of a residential building in an up-and-coming Hong Kong neighborhood, Coffeelin is a coffee and cocktail bar designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio that pays homage to Milan, where the shop’s beans are sourced
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Located at the base of a residential building in an up-and-coming Hong Kong neighborhood, Coffeelin is a coffee and cocktail bar designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio that pays homage to Milan, where the shop’s beans are sourced
SATURDAY SELECTS Week of July 12, 2021
Perfect combination of materials and colors in this Hong Kong cafe and cocktail bar by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Sight Unseen
Perfect combination of materials and colors in this Hong Kong cafe and cocktail bar by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Dog-Friendly Eateries You Need To Visit In Hong Kong This Summer
Designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, the coffee-to-cocktail haven brings the best of Milanese culture to Hong Kong, through reflective design elements encompassing vintage and modern times
Vogue HK
Designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, the coffee-to-cocktail haven brings the best of Milanese culture to Hong Kong, through reflective design elements encompassing vintage and modern times
Elle Decoration Russia
Итальянская кофейня в Гонконге. Венецианская штукатурка, мрамор и темно-зеленые детали воссоздают атмосферу Милана в кафе, спроектированном дизайнерами из JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Elle Russia
Итальянская кофейня в Гонконге. Венецианская штукатурка, мрамор и темно-зеленые детали воссоздают атмосферу Милана в кафе, спроектированном дизайнерами из JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Dark green elements + antique finish characterize this Milanese-style coffee shop in Hong Kong
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio designed a Milanese-style coffee-to-cocktail destination bringing the coffee culture of Milan to Hong Kong’s trendy neighborhood Happy Valley
Designboom
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio designed a Milanese-style coffee-to-cocktail destination bringing the coffee culture of Milan to Hong Kong’s trendy neighborhood Happy Valley
Hidden Gem! Cafe Modern Penuh Nostalgia
Didesain oleh JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio cafe bertajuk Coffeelin yang terletak di Happy Valley, Hong Kong ini mengusung konsep coffee-to-cocktail dengan desain toko bergaya Milan
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Didesain oleh JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio cafe bertajuk Coffeelin yang terletak di Happy Valley, Hong Kong ini mengusung konsep coffee-to-cocktail dengan desain toko bergaya Milan
How an interior designer keeps his Hong Kong studio fresh and uplifting
JJ Acuna’s 1,200 sq ft studio feels more like a lifestyle space than a traditional office, filled with places in which to work, relax and enjoy art
Post Magazine
JJ Acuna’s 1,200 sq ft studio feels more like a lifestyle space than a traditional office, filled with places in which to work, relax and enjoy art
Recreate The Restaurant Experience At Home With Designer JJ Acuna - Dine In Style Series
Architect and interior designer JJ Acuna knows a thing or two about beautiful restaurant design. The founder and creative director of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio is behind some of the most inviting and photogenic eateries in the city, including the likes of Tate Dining Room, Hansik Goo, Miss Lee and Elephant Grounds in Wan Chai.
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Architect and interior designer JJ Acuna knows a thing or two about beautiful restaurant design. The founder and creative director of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio is behind some of the most inviting and photogenic eateries in the city, including the likes of Tate Dining Room, Hansik Goo, Miss Lee and Elephant Grounds in Wan Chai.
JJ Acuna Fashions A Mid-Levels Penthouse For His Former Student
JJ Acuna helps a former student and her husband create the home of their dreams
Home Journal
JJ Acuna helps a former student and her husband create the home of their dreams
Why Pineapple Buns Hold A Special Place in Designer JJ Acuna’s Heart
The founder and creative director of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio is a big fan of Hong Kong's local bakeries
Tatler Dining Hong Kong
The founder and creative director of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio is a big fan of Hong Kong's local bakeries
Interior Designer JJ Acuna On Persevering Amidst The Pandemic
Whether creating dream homes for Hong Kong millennials or bringing sophisticated new dining concepts to life, JJ Acuna makes sure each space he designs is a true reflection of its client. He talks to #legend about forsaking bling, finding his purpose and persevering amidst a pandemic
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Whether creating dream homes for Hong Kong millennials or bringing sophisticated new dining concepts to life, JJ Acuna makes sure each space he designs is a true reflection of its client. He talks to #legend about forsaking bling, finding his purpose and persevering amidst a pandemic
Coffeelin Cafe and Bar
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio turned the Coffeelin Cafe and Bar into a multi-functional space for day and night use with artistic design elements and a variety of seating set against the green backdrop.
Hospitality Snapshots
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio turned the Coffeelin Cafe and Bar into a multi-functional space for day and night use with artistic design elements and a variety of seating set against the green backdrop.
Hansik Goo Values Old and New in Hong Kong with JJ Acuna
Designer James JJ Acuna fuses traditional materials with a modern touch for a Korean restaurant
Hospitality Design
Designer James JJ Acuna fuses traditional materials with a modern touch for a Korean restaurant
Home Tour: A Colourful Mid-Levels Abode Inspired by Tate Dining Room
Designed by James JJ Acuña, this home of a newlywed couple takes colour cues from a dining venue they adore, but also features their personality through a host of bespoke elements
Tatler Home
Designed by James JJ Acuña, this home of a newlywed couple takes colour cues from a dining venue they adore, but also features their personality through a host of bespoke elements
SATISFY YOUR CHINESE FOOD CRAVINGS AT THIS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT WITH WES ANDERSON'S AESTHETICS
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect many parts of the world, dining restrictions have been slowly and carefully relaxed in Hong Kong as the city’s daily confirmed cases are decreasing. To change up our “new normal” routines, we visited Miss Lee, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that fuses plant-based dishes with Cantonese flavors.
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While the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect many parts of the world, dining restrictions have been slowly and carefully relaxed in Hong Kong as the city’s daily confirmed cases are decreasing. To change up our “new normal” routines, we visited Miss Lee, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that fuses plant-based dishes with Cantonese flavors.
Top Autumn/Winter 2020 Interior Design Trends To Upgrade Your Home
Need some inspiration for your next home interior project? We ask Hong Kong's top designers and home décor experts to predict what will be hot in the world of interior design for fall/winter 2020
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Need some inspiration for your next home interior project? We ask Hong Kong's top designers and home décor experts to predict what will be hot in the world of interior design for fall/winter 2020
JJ Acuna, Nelson Chow & Stanley KC
Suzy Annetta meets designers JJ Acuna, Nelson Chow and Stanley KC in Design Anthology’s Hong Kong studio to unpack the challenges and rewards of starting and running an independent design firm in Asia
Design Anthology Podcast
Suzy Annetta meets designers JJ Acuna, Nelson Chow and Stanley KC in Design Anthology’s Hong Kong studio to unpack the challenges and rewards of starting and running an independent design firm in Asia
Interiors at Hong Kong’s Hansik Goo Focus on Sky, Earth, Bounty
Architect and interior designer JJ Acuna creates a calming, contemporary aesthetic inspired by the restaurant's refined cuisine.
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Architect and interior designer JJ Acuna creates a calming, contemporary aesthetic inspired by the restaurant's refined cuisine.
Tradition Reinterpreted at Hansik Goo
“While the client has a taste for casual, contemporary, yet refined and elevated elegance — as Acuna’s describes, ‘all things Danish, Nordic and mid-century modern’ — Hansik Goo doesn’t overtly fit that bill. Instead, Acuna and his team subtly filtered that overall character into the space with clean-lined architecture inspired by Nordic aesthetics, and layered it with references to Kang’s plates, flavours and experience working in Seoul.”
Design Anthology
“While the client has a taste for casual, contemporary, yet refined and elevated elegance — as Acuna’s describes, ‘all things Danish, Nordic and mid-century modern’ — Hansik Goo doesn’t overtly fit that bill. Instead, Acuna and his team subtly filtered that overall character into the space with clean-lined architecture inspired by Nordic aesthetics, and layered it with references to Kang’s plates, flavours and experience working in Seoul.”
Review: Miss Lee’s health-conscious, satisfying take on Cantonese cuisine
The interior of Miss Lee was designed by Hong Kong- and Manila-based firm JJ Acuna and Bespoke Studio, seating 42 in the quaint 1,100 sq.ft. space. The space is brimming with traditional Hong Kong motifs, textures and colours reinterpreted in a modern way.
Lifestyle Asia
The interior of Miss Lee was designed by Hong Kong- and Manila-based firm JJ Acuna and Bespoke Studio, seating 42 in the quaint 1,100 sq.ft. space. The space is brimming with traditional Hong Kong motifs, textures and colours reinterpreted in a modern way.
Analogue's Asia Headquarters Embraces A Boutique, Anti-Tech Design
Working with design firm JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, the Hong Kong office space, located on the third floor of an old streamlined-art modern office building, like the consoles that Analogue creates, was stripped down and rebuilt from the ground up.
Forbes
Working with design firm JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, the Hong Kong office space, located on the third floor of an old streamlined-art modern office building, like the consoles that Analogue creates, was stripped down and rebuilt from the ground up.
A Gaming Company’s Office Embraces an Anti-Tech Atmosphere
Occupying a modest 660 sq.ft. Analogue’s 1964-built streamlined-art moderne office hosts a 10-person team and is a realization of a 10-year dream for Analogue founder, Taber. While dimensions are small, the vibe within feels open and spacious, thanks to the the aid of James JJ Acuna for JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio.
Design Milk
Occupying a modest 660 sq.ft. Analogue’s 1964-built streamlined-art moderne office hosts a 10-person team and is a realization of a 10-year dream for Analogue founder, Taber. While dimensions are small, the vibe within feels open and spacious, thanks to the the aid of James JJ Acuna for JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio.
Analogue’s Retro-Modern Hong Kong Office
Analogue’s Retro-Modern Hong Kong Office. We spoke with JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Studio, about his newest interiors project for retro gaming company Analogue.
Design Anthology
Analogue’s Retro-Modern Hong Kong Office. We spoke with JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Studio, about his newest interiors project for retro gaming company Analogue.
Restaurant Review: ZS Hospitality Finds Success Running New Vegetarian Restaurant Miss Lee
Chinese flavours and western presentation is the killer combos that brings the appeal back to eating light
Tatler Asia
Chinese flavours and western presentation is the killer combos that brings the appeal back to eating light
Made in Asia: Neighbouring Design Cultures
Watch this vibrant and enlightening panel discussion from the 2019 edition of DENFAIR’s Speaker Series
Design Anthology
Watch this vibrant and enlightening panel discussion from the 2019 edition of DENFAIR’s Speaker Series
Elephant Grounds BGC Isn't Exactly Like Hong Kong's and That's a Good Thing
The wood-heavy interiors with lots of space and plenty of plants were designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, which also worked on the Hong Kong branches. The stools are silk-screened with Elephant Grounds’ vintage-inspired logo—done by HK-based artists Start From Zero.
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The wood-heavy interiors with lots of space and plenty of plants were designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, which also worked on the Hong Kong branches. The stools are silk-screened with Elephant Grounds’ vintage-inspired logo—done by HK-based artists Start From Zero.
Design Anthology Awards 2019: Announcing the Winners
Following months of submissions, short-listing and deliberation by an esteemed panel of industry experts, the results are in. Here is the complete list of winners of our inaugural Design Anthology Awards.
Design Anthology
Following months of submissions, short-listing and deliberation by an esteemed panel of industry experts, the results are in. Here is the complete list of winners of our inaugural Design Anthology Awards.
Talking Style with JJ Acuna
James JJ Acuña, founder of JJA / Bespoke interior design and architecture studio, is renowned for his distinctive, self-described “creative, relaxed and masculine with flair” style. It turns out he’s a natural experimenter – but taste also runs in the family.

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James JJ Acuña, founder of JJA / Bespoke interior design and architecture studio, is renowned for his distinctive, self-described “creative, relaxed and masculine with flair” style. It turns out he’s a natural experimenter – but taste also runs in the family.

Where a Hong Kong night owl likes to eat after work and with friends
Omakase, burgers, laksa, pizza, duck and momos are among interior designer JJ Acuna’s favourite dishes. Acuna prefers late-night nibbles to a full-on dinner, and he supports independent businesses

South China Morning Post
Omakase, burgers, laksa, pizza, duck and momos are among interior designer JJ Acuna’s favourite dishes. Acuna prefers late-night nibbles to a full-on dinner, and he supports independent businesses

Meet the Filipino architect reimagining domestic space in Hong Kong
It is refreshing to see and live in spaces that deviate from the sea of mobile houses and tiny apartments in cramped cities like Hong Kong. Architect and interior designer James Acuña knows this all too well.
NOLISOLI
It is refreshing to see and live in spaces that deviate from the sea of mobile houses and tiny apartments in cramped cities like Hong Kong. Architect and interior designer James Acuña knows this all too well.
Tokyo Tokyo Trinoma Flagship, A Fast-Food Fusion Restaurant By JJ Acuna
When JJ Acuna and his studio took on the task of designing a vast Filipino-Japanese restaurant in Manila, they opted for a multi-zoned eatery with design elements that cleverly reference the cultures of both the Philippines and Japan.
INDESIGNLIVE.SG
When JJ Acuna and his studio took on the task of designing a vast Filipino-Japanese restaurant in Manila, they opted for a multi-zoned eatery with design elements that cleverly reference the cultures of both the Philippines and Japan.
An Insider’s Guide to Traveling in Manila
Locally born architect and designer James J.J. Acuna shares his favorite spots in the ever-evolving Philippine capital.
DestinAsian Magazine
Locally born architect and designer James J.J. Acuna shares his favorite spots in the ever-evolving Philippine capital.
Rock The Kasbah
Acuna and his studio also custom designed several one-off pieces for the home including a light fixture that floats above the kitchen island and two Windsor-style chairs. By deputising a small team of talented craftspeople, Acuna has achieved what any homeowner working with a designer want — something personal and tailored, and perfectly set for making memories.
Design Anthology
Acuna and his studio also custom designed several one-off pieces for the home including a light fixture that floats above the kitchen island and two Windsor-style chairs. By deputising a small team of talented craftspeople, Acuna has achieved what any homeowner working with a designer want — something personal and tailored, and perfectly set for making memories.
9 Hong Kong Home Decor Personalities To Follow On Instagram
Celebrity designer and opinion leader JJ Acuna, who has offices in Hong Kong and Manila, presents beautiful design solutions for local and international clients.
Hong Kong Tatler
Celebrity designer and opinion leader JJ Acuna, who has offices in Hong Kong and Manila, presents beautiful design solutions for local and international clients.
This new coffee shop in Hong Kong is designed to interact with the street
Designed by James JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Architecture, the coffee shop named Elephant Grounds has transformed this corner site and the character of the neighborhood by using warm materials and emphasizing indoor-outdoor engagement.
The Contemporist
Designed by James JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Architecture, the coffee shop named Elephant Grounds has transformed this corner site and the character of the neighborhood by using warm materials and emphasizing indoor-outdoor engagement.
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.
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A uniquely bright space in the heart of one of Hong Kong's busiest neighbourhoods.