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。