Sim­ple Lux­u­ries

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What is lux­ury? Un­doubt­edly, it means some­thing dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­body. For me, it’s the op­por­tu­nity to hear my chil­dren laugh and play, and to redis­cover the world in a dif­fer­ent light through their eyes, with­out ex­te­rior obli­ga­tions or work pres­sure. A spa bath­room is high up on my list too. For my deputy ed­i­tor, Mercedes Hut­ton, time is the ul­ti­mate lux­ury – it’s what she as­pires to have more of and choos­ing how to spend it is one of her great­est plea­sures, whether read­ing a book or ex­plor­ing some­where new. As­so­ciate ed­i­tor Nikey Cheng says her phi­los­o­phy of lux­ury is sim­i­lar to lagom – a Swedish term that means “just about enough but not too much”. It’s a sim­ple way of liv­ing where a bal­anced dose of ev­ery­thing is key to hap­pi­ness. She feels it’s gen­uine lux­ury when we can live with what we have grate­fully, in­stead of con­stantly chas­ing af­ter things we don’t need.

When it comes to in­te­ri­ors, how­ever, lux­ury is all about how a place makes you feel, and this is­sue fo­cuses on show­cas­ing lav­ish spa­ces that im­press through at­ten­tion to de­tail and ex­quis­ite aes­thet­ics. Our cover home at Opus (Page 108) merges Frank Gehry’s ar­chi­tec­tural fi­nesse with James Tu’s de­sign ex­per­tise for a show-stop­ping space that’s won­drous in ev­ery sense. An­other home in the heart of Hong Kong (Page 122), show­cases the lux­ury of light in a con­tem­po­rary apart­ment beau­ti­fully decked out with fur­nish­ings from mid-cen­tury mod­ern mas­ters. Across the wa­ters, we fea­ture stun­ning spa­ces from Syd­ney (Page 160), Cape Town (Page 134) and Lon­don (Page 174), all of which boast unique, well-con­sid­ered in­te­ri­ors that evoke a truly el­e­vated sense of place.

In our Liv­ing sec­tion, we un­cover places to live the good life – en­joy cock­tails and let the evoca­tive sur­round­ings of J.Boroski trans­port you to a dif­fer­ent world (Page 198), and let us whisk you off to the HOSHINOYA Tokyo (Page 191) to in­dulge in the art of Ja­panese cul­ture and de­sign. En­joy the is­sue.

奢華意義何在?各人對此持不同意見。於我來說,就是無時無刻都能聽著孩子的歡笑聲、遊玩和以清新視角觀看世界,無須受到外來限制或工作壓力所影響。榜上有名的還有水療浴室呢。副總編Mercedes Hut­ton則認為時間是最珍貴的奢侈品,讓你任意選擇想做的事、追求人生最大喜悅,閱讀一本好書還是發現新事物也好。而助理編輯Nikey Cheng心目中的奢華定義就跟瑞典語一詞lagom如出一轍:份量剛好、不多也不少。簡單的生活趣味在於每事平衡,達致美滿人生。她有感奢華的關鍵就是學會對已擁有的東西懷感恩之心,而非追求無實際需要的奢侈品。

談到室內裝潢,奢華就是地方能讓你帶起的情感,以及怎樣細緻陳列元素,誘發美學。我們收錄了O­pus(第108頁)看看Frank Gehry的建築和James Tu的設計專業怎樣合二為一,成就美滿。另一位處香港重心的家居(第122頁)則展示放有中世紀現代師作品的當代單位。我們今期也遠走他方,來到悉尼(第160頁)、開普敦(第134頁)和倫敦(第174頁),看看精心策劃的室內設計。

今期Liv­ing帶你走到享受美好人生的必到站,如供應上乘雞尾酒與出色裝潢的J.Boroski(第198頁),和蘊含日本文化藝術與設計的HOSHINOYA Tokyo(第191頁)。希望你享受閱讀精彩內文。

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