Tuesday, December 4, 2012

An Unconventional Oasis with a Spark of Color

The beauty of this apartment is the abundance of living areas, with the right touch of contrasting hues to make a bold statement which the owner loves. Accent colors in blue and green in the living room create a striking visual effect with a modern look. While restructuring the interior layout, the design adopts “simplicity in lines” as the basic principle to accentuate the minimalistic look amid the splash of color.

Furniture and adornments are tactfully selected to strike a balance between the color-driven yet minimalistic design.  The blue / white designer combination sofa adds character and personality to the entire space. The blue sliding door separating the living room and the bedrooms becomes a predominant feature wall. The green chairs create just the right extent of visual stimulation at the dining corner.   Quirky as it may seem, the custom-made carpet with the intricacies of the interwoven color patterns, is one-of-a-kind and sure to capture a lot of attention. Capitalizing on the expansive sea view, broad sliding doors are applied to the balcony, to bring the outdoors in, hence, enhancing the airiness of the apartment.


Right by the entrance of the dazzling blue door, there sits a perfect man cave. A designer AV room which creates a special sanctuary for the owner to indulge in his private world of entertainment.  Inspired by  artistic 3D installation, all sound absorbers and acoustic diffusers are aesthetically embedded to appear stylish yet functional. The four gigantic diffusers overhanging on the ceiling are brilliantly transformed into a spectacular ceiling light, another bold statement, masculine and cool.  Black sound absorber panels on the wall surface create a gallery-like art-piece display.  Additional sound absorbers in blue are embedded in the wall cabinet to enhance the visual impact and complement the blue LED lighting.

The guest bathroom design symbolizes a resort-like haven with intricate beauty. A sought-after exotic and adventurous sensation that the owner desires.  Italian-made Bisazza tiles with custom-design patterns create a magical surface and flooring like no other. 

In contrast with the bold use of colors, the bedroom and en-suite bathroom come with a lighter affair. To create a comfortable and cozy master bedroom, the décor within is soft and gentle, making bedtime even more appealing. The en-suite bathroom, furnished with a palette of earth tone colors, creates a soothing oasis to unwind after a long day work.


Right between the master bedroom and the en-suite bedroom, there stands an open dressing table and a walk-in closet. The exotic chandelier in this passageway between the bedroom and the bathroom creates a spark of visual excitement in this more relaxing ambience.

This apartment is an exemplification of unconventional designs that are set out to bring endless surprises to a normal home environment.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

About the City Resort – Residence Bel-Air

Interior Design by Clifton Leung - Bel-Air - Balcony
Interior Design by Clifton Leung - Bel-Air - Balcony with magnificent sea view

Interior Design by Clifton Leung - Bel-Air - Living Room with natural materials like bamboo and wood

This project was started with a clear mission – to create a resort home for a couple who practice yoga and enjoy the spa life. As the location of the project has a magnificent and undisturbed sea view, this became the perfect inspiration for the “resort” theme design. Natural materials like sand stone, pebbles, slate, bamboo and wood have been used throughout, and special textured walls were used to blur boundaries between inside and out. Balcony shutters, an extra-large day bed in the study plus yoga room for exercise, meditation and massage – all help to create a relaxing resort feel. This is further enhanced by an open bathroom with the custom-made natural slate bath tub and shower area.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Interior Design Feature in Shanghai Daily : Beauty and simplicity create sense of serenity ( by Clifton Leung )

This stylish Hong Kong apartment in Mid-Levels proves it is possible to balance an eye for detail and simple beauty with the practicalities of raising a family. “It has everything we look for in a home,” home owner Renee Wong said. “It is very bright because there are floor-to-ceiling windows in virtually every room so most days we are bathed in natural daylight and it is very quiet.”

First and foremost, it has to be quiet and peaceful for the couple because Hong Kong is a noisy, crowded city. Their home needs to be a place where the family can escape all the commotion and enjoy some peace.

“Our favorite part is the views: on one side of our apartment, we have an open unobstructed sea view and on the other side, we have a beautiful green view of the mountain behind our building,” Wong said.

To make the home minimalist but warm, sophisticated yet sturdy, Wong sought the professional help of designer Clifton Leung. Wong initially came across the Clifton Leung workshop in an interview he did for a local magazine, upon doing more research, the couple realized they really liked the design aesthetics and philosophy of Leung’s work.

The design process was simple and fairly straightforward.

“We meet with Leung and his team and gave them a brief on what we like and dislike, what we want to achieve,” Wong said.

“We wanted lots of storage space so we are not surrounded by clutter, but we like clean lines and minimalism although not to the point where the home would appear cold and unfriendly. Previously in our apartment we had a lot of Chinese antique pieces but in our current home, we wanted to change to a somewhat more contemporary style,” she said.

The renovation process took four months. The major changes included the relocation of the kitchen. Originally, the kitchen was in the middle of the flat, between the study and maid’s room, near the master bedroom. It was an ineffective use of space and cooking odors went into the bedroom easily. The kitchen was also separated from the dining room, which made meals inconvenient.

“Due to the problem generated by the original layout, I gutted the walls and relocated the kitchen next to the dining room. The semi-open kitchen design extends into the dining area, giving more space for entertaining,” Leung said.

The relocation of the kitchen was a real challenge, which involved enormous piping changes, at the same time, water-proofing procedures were essential for the relocation.

Inspired by the mountain view in the dining room, Leung created this semi-open kitchen. By using a transparent sliding glass door, the view is still visible when cooking or preparing food in the kitchen. The trees and plants evoke a restful, soothing and cheerful ambience.

The design of the living and dining rooms exhibits clean minimalistic lines in simple form. The trough lights help create a very light and uncluttered ceiling, where functional decorations including a ceiling fan and pendent lamps over the dining table add to the aesthetic look. Slim roller blinds in sheer white also enhance the visual space of this area.

The predominant color white allows the owner’s display collections to stand out from the TV cabinet. A wooden dining table and brownish sofa blend harmoniously with the floor color and the Oriental cabinets. The vertical spotlights in the corridor create a gallery-like setting for the beautiful paintings.

In the master bedroom, curtains along the curved window and area rug add a sense of warmth to the space. The bed lamps and ceiling fan are design details that add sophistication to the minimalistic philosophy. Coupled with the Oriental side cabinets, it is a nice blend of modern and Oriental design.

The kids rooms, her son is three years old and her daughter two, are clean but playful at the same time. Creating a flexible and interchangeable setting for kids is important, according to Leung. A display wall between the two rooms spices up the space and creates a cheerful environment. It allows the kids to hang pictures and other works they have created. A ceiling fan with pendent stickers adds a playful touch.

Although the apartment is predominantly white with earthy tones, Leung selected an accent color for each room. Each color represents the character and preference of the family members, such as lavender purple for the girl’s room and light sky blue for the boy’s. The accent color in the master bedroom is light brown, which evokes a sense of warmth that is conducive to relaxation.

The couple wished to have an uncluttered but homey home. As such, Leung created a full-height cabinet to meet their needs, with some shelves that allow them to display special items. The floating cabinet design with hidden light troughs emit warm yellow light on the underside and top, creating a sleek and minimalist look, enhancing the sense of space.

The dining area reveals an open kitchen that adds to the sense of space.

The open kitchen is created to enhance communication between family members and friends.

The display wall between the kids’ bedrooms adds a sense of playfulness.

The master bedroom is an impressive blend of Oriental and modern design.
Ask The Owner

What’s the best thing about living in Hong Kong?
A: Being able to live so close to the city and have access to everything you need and yet, when you need to
unwind and get away from the craziness, there are places that you can go and most of these places are only about 30 minutes away.

Describe your home in three words.
A: Peaceful, natural, light.

What’s the fi rst thing you do when you get home?
A: Kick off my shoes and grab a nice cold drink from the fridge.

How do you unwind?

A: With two young children at home and being a full-time mom, I very rarely get time to relax and unwind, but when the opportunity arises, I love sitting on my sofa with a drink and my magazines. Often I just end up looking at the ocean view more than I read.

Where do you spend most of the time at home?
A: I spend a lot of time with the kids playing in the living room. We have a big space between the sofa and the television because we made a conscious decision to not have a coffee table so as to allow the children
some extra space to play and create.

What’s the best view outside your window?
A: On one side, we love the blue of the sea. On a beautiful sunny day, there are so many shades of blue on the water. On the other side, the trees on the hill are so green and soothing, you will never get tired looking at it.

What’s your favorite object at home?
A: Our Eames Lounge Chair — we bought it years ago. The style is timeless and fl exible, which means it fits into any decor style your apartment is in.

Where do you source furniture in Hong Kong?
A: Generally, we go to the furniture stores in South Horizon. But for our modern pieces, we go to Aluminium. From time to time, we do like to shop for Chinese or Asian pieces, so

By Yang DI ( feature in Shanghai Daily, B8-9 Home & Design )

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CLDW e-Newsletter - BACK to SCHOOL !

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Interior Design Project - The Babington House

This home demonstrates how seemingly contrasting elements can interact perfectly together. Rough and smooth textures; modern and retro furniture; plain and colorful decoration. The result is an elegant, understated and tasteful design which the family and their friends love. And it’s the mix that gives character to the space.

Interior Design by Clifton Leung
Interior Design by Clifton Leung

Interior Design by Clifton Leung

Interior Design by Clifton Leung

Interior Design by Clifton Leung

Interior Design by Clifton Leung
Interior Design by Clifton Leung

Interior Design by Clifton Leung

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Thursday, January 5, 2012


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