Monday, January 25, 2016

Modern classics - A classic interior with contemporary spin

By Hong Kong standards, 1,350 square feet equals a generously sized apartment. But add a family of six and all their possessions and even that amount of real estate can soon feel cramped.
Enter interior designer Clifton Leung. Through careful planning and clever use of space, he and his team at Clifton Leung Design Workshop not only created an apartment that its owners and their four children love, but also made it feel spacious, bright and uncluttered.
The Hong Kong Chinese couple, who are in the property business, bought the three-bedroom, two-bathroom flat on Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, in 2014.
“The owners wanted it to be classic,” Leung says.
“But I suggested making it modern classic by reducing the level of detail and giving it a modern twist.”
That translated into a simple palette of mainly white walls, pale oak floors and plenty of storage. He started by reconfiguring the diamond-shaped living-dining space, building a brick wall to square off the living room and turning the wedge-shaped area behind the wall into a study nook, creating a useful space from a formerly redundant corner.
“We straightened the living room by adding a wall, which makes it easier to watch TV – the angled wall was not practical. We left bricks exposed and painted white to add texture and break up the ‘classic’,” Leung says.
Built-in furniture in the living and dining area provides plenty of storage, but Leung has kept it discreet, with white cupboards disappearing against the white walls. In keeping with the modern-classic theme, the doors are subtly decorated with simple mouldings and contemporary versions of vintage shell handles. As well as a wall of cupboards in the dining room, there’s a large sideboard and more storage under the window seat and under the dining-room bench.
“The cafe-style bench keeps the dining room relaxed, which is more appropriate for family dining,” he says. “We added a touch of colour to one wall to provide warmth.”
To create a casual eating area, Leung opened up the kitchen wall and replaced it with a countertop, with cupboards on one side and a breakfast bar with stools opposite the study nook. Overhead cupboards further define and separate the kitchen.
“It’s partially open plan,” Leung says. “We designed the kitchen with sliding glass panels [between the overhead cupboards and the countertop] so it could be enclosed, but after a few weeks the family asked for them to be removed. We also used glass for the kitchen door and side panel, which saves space and brings natural light into the study. Putting the breakfast bar in the corridor creates another area from what was dead space.”
The open wall also means anyone in the kitchen can keep an eye on the children in both the study and living areas.
“We deliberately placed the appliances – fridge and cooker – where they can’t be seen from the living room,” Leung says.
“I love that you can look down the corridor and there’s so much going on – the breakfast bar, the study and kitchen.”
Three bedrooms also lead off this corridor, with rooms shared by the family’s two sons and two daughters. Both children’s rooms have built-in wardrobes, desks and bunks with extra large steps (see Tried + tested), and brightly coloured feature walls – fuchsia for the girls and green for the boys.
Like the rest of the apartment, the apparent simplicity of the design disguises some carefully considered details. Electric sockets and cables are hidden in special compartments within the desk, wall lamps for each bunk mean one child can read without disturbing the other, and the bunks have extra slide-out mattresses for sleepovers.
The master suite is an exercise in disguise with calm neutral tones, a large picture window with views of the harbour and panelled walls. Those panels hide a few surprises. At the end of the bed, the panels slide back to reveal a TV while a double wardrobe door opens to a hidden marble bathroom.
In front of the window, the simple desk has a lift-up panel that becomes a dressing table.
“It feels like a hotel room – it’s clean, neat and comfy, but it does everything,” Leung says. “It’s modern classic.”
Living room The sofa, which the family already owned, came from Stockroom (20/F, Hong Kong Industrial Building, 444 Des Voeux Road West, tel: 2817 0999). The rug (HK$5,390), coffee table (HK$8,490) and side table (HK$447) were from Indigo Living (various locations; The window seat and built-in storage (total HK$22,300) were designed and installed by Clifton Leung Design Workshop (3/F, 128 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 3106 8384). The lamp is from the family’s previous home.

Kitchen The countertop (HK$58,000) and units (HK$42,000) were by Clifton Leung Design Workshop (CLDW). The tap (HK$8,670) was from Galaxy Bathroom (277 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2802 3008).

Dining area The dining table and chairs came from Ikea years ago. The bench (HK$19,200), wall unit (HK$22,700) and sideboard (HK$21,000) were designed and built by CLDW. The ceiling lamp (HK$6,490) was from Indigo Living. The painting was from Creative Co-op Home (Home Square, 138 Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, Sha Tin, tel: 2772 1280).

Breakfast bar The breakfast bar (HK$58,000) and overhead cupboards (HK$32,000) were by CLDW. The chairs (HK$639 each) were from Ikea and the cushions (HK$400 each) from Stockroom.

Study The desk (HK$17,800), overhead cupboards (HK$14,600) and display case (HK$11,900) were by CLDW. The chair (HK$990) and artwork came from Ikea.

Master bedroom The bed and bedhead (HK$26,200), side table (HK$5,000 for two), cupboards (HK$18,700) and hidden doors (HK$9,800) were all by CLDW. The lamp (HK$4,080) was from Flos (44 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2801 7608).

Girls’ bedroom The bunk bed (HK$20,200) and desk (HK$15,400) were by CLDW. The wall lamp (HK$200) and chair (HK$369) were from Ikea.

Double the fun The bunkbed stairs are practical and fun. "The kids can display their toys under the steps, walk on the desk and the size of the bunks gives them privacy," says Leung. The stairs (HK$9,400) were designed and built by Clifton Leung Design Workshop.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

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Pose time! Share your selfie with our HUE ICE! Tag us at #HUEICE Clifton Leung Design Workshop #InnovationJourney #PhilipsHongKong #CityMagazine #K11hk
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Friday, January 15, 2016


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【EXHIBITION】PHILIPS x《號外》x K11:「A JOURNEY OF INNOVATION」跨媒體展覽Philips、《號外》與 K11 共同舉辦展覽項目「A JOURNEY OF INNOVATION」,靈感是來自PHILIPS的品牌承諾「INNOVATION AND YOU」。展覽邀請到9位來自不同界別的創作人,以有別於自己往常的創作方法進行重新創作。讓我們請來9位創作人,分享他們對於「INNOVATION」的看法,並將其靈感來源和創作過程同時公開,讓大家可以體會到,這些創作人是如何透過改變自己一貫的創作方法來達至「創新」。「A JOURNEY OF INNOVATION」跨媒體展覽日期:2016 年1月16 至18 日(星期六至一)10AM-10PM地點:K11 G/F, Atrium 地下中庭(九龍尖沙咀河內道18號)#CITYMAGAZINE / JAN 2016 / EXHIBITION / PHILIPS / A JOURNEY OF INNOVATION#InnovationJourney #InnovationAndYou #意義創新 #PhilipsHongKong #CityMagazine #K11hk
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“A Journey of Innovation”by Philips X City Magazine

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“A Journey of Innovation”by Philips X City Magazine
Exhibition Date: 16-18 January, 2016 (Saturday to Monday)
Venue: GF, Artrium @ K11

Philips joins hands with City Magazine and K11 to curate the “Journey of Innovation” exhibition. This is inspired by Philips’s brand philosophy “INNOVATION AND YOU”. Innovation refers to the ways by which design is leveraged to improve the quality of life. Only by unrelenting development, and the retiring of the old to make way for the new, would we be able to advance from creating ‘good’ to ‘better’ designs, thereby raising our standard of living, and moving human society forward. To allow the public to better understand the possibility and potential of innovation, this exhibition brings together 9 creative forces from different disciplines, demonstrating how innovation can add value to creativity and deliver new creative pieces, in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Dragon Lake at the Feature of 144 Gorgeous Homes Around the Globe by Houzz

Remodeling and Home Design

The Dragon Lake is picked by the editorial team of Houzz as part of the 144 Gorgeous Homes Around the Globe!

Overlooking a scenic golf course in Huadu district in Guangzhou, the 15,000-sq. ft. Dragon Lake house embodies a ‘less is more’ design approach, blending simplicity with sophistication, luxury with nature and comfort, while celebrating a mix of the east and west.

At first glance, the design is minimalist and open, giving it a homely and relaxing ambience, but dig deeper, and one can find the owner and his partner’s personality and sophisticated tastes stamped on it. Simplicity and coziness don’t have to equate to monotony, as the inhabitants’ soul and stories are manifested in the house’s diverse cultural themes and complexity, which are realised within the boundaries of the minimalist design. The space is also versatile and can grow and evolve to the owners’ needs and experiences.

By using sleek furniture with simple lines, and opting for a colour palette of earth tones, the house has a minimalist style. This provides a soothing and cozy environment for the owner to relax, which is particularly important as he spends a lot of time traveling and works in the fashion industry, which can be stressful. The minimalist design also provides a platform for the owner to showcase his momentos and treasured items, adding a personal and familiar touch to the house, creating a cozy ambience, which can help the owner unwind.
To match with the owner’s taste for high design, many design-led and luxurious furniture pieces, such as the set of sofa seats ‘Extrasoft’ used in the basement facing the swimming pool designed by Piero Lissoni. The seats come in a variety of different colours and materials, which go well with each other and the swimming pool, creating a soothing ambience. The seats are also versatile as they can be rearranged in infinite ways, suiting different needs. Another design-led piece is the curved Maxalto CRONO sofa in the master bedroom designed by Antonio Citterio. Not only is the curve design fashion forward, its colour matches the room’s décor and exudes a comfy feel, perfect for the owner and his partner to relax on. This relaxing theme extends to the AV room, where you can find two lounge chairs by Eames with a stylish, sleek and comfy design, for the owner, his partner or guests to lay back and enjoy a good movie.

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