Studio City by Cali-Mex
Hong Kong

The effortless spirit of Los Angeles along with its vibrant Mexican food scene align themselves very well with the brand ethos of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio’s newest project for Studio City By Cali-Mex. Set in the heart of Hong Kong’s Fashion and Retail District, Studio City By Cali-Mex is the ideal location for fashion lovers, local families, casual diners, and destination travellers. Customers will be drawn towards the stylish, celebratory and inviting design of this new restaurant concept.

The unique landscape of Downtown Los Angeles is energetic, stylish and eclectic as it showcases a wealth of modern architecture which combines Art Deco, Beaux Art with Spanish references. The modern vibe of DTLA is currently going through a renaissance as unique shops and hip eateries blossom in the gritty neighbourhood. 

JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio’s design process aims to inject a lifestyle element in our vision for Studio City by Cali-Mex, veering away from excessive decorations that embrace literal Mexican thematics. In other words, we hope to avoid “Disneyfication” of Mexcian cuisine. 

Materials include raw industrial black stacked zig-zag for playful effect, cherry timber finishes, textured Brentano fabrics, electroplated brass touches, gold hand painted facades,  and black and white chevron floor tiles for contrast. Breeze Blocks from Australia give a touch of Palm Springs Mid-Century modern to the mix. Landscaping was designed in collaboration with Tim Wong of Quest Terrariums.

Set within an intimate neighbourhood food street, Studio City by Cali-Mex features chic Art-Deco inspired references, exuding a welcoming and stylish aesthetic.

Project Name
Studio City by Cali-Mex
Interior Design
JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio
Design Team
James JJ Acuna, Alex Garcia, Dominic Cheung, Vivian Wu
Landscape Team
Tim Wong of Quest Terrarium
Date of Completion
November 2021
Hong Kong
1000 sq.ft.
Site Photography
Natalie Dunn Photography