IN LIvING COLOUr
Combining visual flair with clean architectural lines, this home is a classic study in the power of contrast
Hong Lian’s main consideration when it came to decorating his abode was comfort and establishing areas that are ideal for entertaining. "Our accessories were mostly collected on our travels, during trips to India, Egypt, Africa and around the world," he says. "No items in the main living areas are too precious. What we value most is the ‘living experience’ itself, so it’s important for us to feel completely at ease when we are at home." It is easy to imagine returning to this urban sanctuary after a long day and feeling the pressures immediately dissipate. In designing his tropical haven, Hong Lian has succeeded in creating an architectural and aesthetic escape from the city that surrounds it that is in equal measures warm and welcoming – which is no mean feat indeed. //
INSIDE OUT The striking verdant scenery, including avocado, banana and papaya trees, is imperative to the abode's success and each room takes full advantage of its connection to the natural world.