208 Duecento Otto is a buzzing neighbourhood restaurant and bar in Hong Kong that is inspired by Italy’s culinary tradition. Located on the city's art and antiquing Hollywood Road in the up-and-coming Sheung Wan district, the concept is the creation of Yenn Wong, founder of JIA Boutique Hotels. The project is Autoban’s first overseas commission.
Located in a former meat-storage warehouse that is surrounded by antique shops and art galleries, 208 Duecento Otto serves a New york-style Italian menu with a focus on authenticity. This unlikely culinary fusion, as well as the geographical influences, have formed the basis of Autoban’s layered work inside the restaurant.
The interiors feature a deep layering of patterns, starting with the tiled walls. The blue-and-white, custom-designed and handcrafted tiles depict a story the designers found in an old Chinese book. Along with the tiled surfaces, natural and raw materials are featured throughout the space such as steel pillars, marble tabletops and solid walnut floors and ceiling.
The two-storied restaurant features a bar and two separate areas for al-fresco dining on the ground floor, one of which is private dining room walled with wines. There is additional seating on the upper floor, and a metal staircase connects both floors, which seat 90 guests in total.
The entire restaurant is furnished with Autoban furniture, including the Nest Armchair, the Box Sofa and Holy Table, the Butterfly Chair, the Hong Kong Circle and Square tables, the Slice Chair and the Puzzle 6 Chamfer Side Tables.