Interior designer Joseph Sy works with a style-conscious homeowner to transform a prime duplex into a dream home for his family
When this homeowner was looking for an interior designer to turn his dream vision into reality, he knew he had found the right man for the job when he came across the featured work of Joseph Sy. “I loved the way Joseph used luxurious materials together and the effect of the overall space,” the homeowner reveals. Clearly, he feels he made the right choice, as the overall result of the expansive duplex encapsulates his lifestyle, passions and interests while being a stylish, functional home for his family, including his wife and two grown children.
The man of the house took charge of the design brief, working closely with Joseph to turn the space into a home in which his family could live comfortably. Having resided in San Francisco and Shanghai before relocating to Hong Kong, the homeowner confides that he had looked at hundreds of properties before deciding on this one. “For me, it was the view that sealed the deal,” he says. “Victoria Harbour is very glamorous, especially at night, and the panorama here looks like a postcard. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the view.” In
terms of the decor, he knew he wanted to create a modern-classic aesthetic – something that had visual punch without being over the top.
Joseph carefully considered his client’s requirements and conceived a host of clever design solutions, which integrate luxurious materials and fittings to create functional elements. This includes subtly delineating the dining room and living room with a modern fireplace and glass panels above, creating a circular void in the ceiling of the dining room and outlining a circular line on the marble underfoot to echo the shape of the dining table, designing intriguing curved walls to soften the space and using a translucent glass partition in the powder room so that it wouldn’t directly face the living area. “I’m quite proud of the spatial planning throughout the abode, as I feel I have really maximised each and every corner,” says Joseph. “The client wanted a lot of eye-catching features and never-seen-before appointments, so we looked far and wide to source the best-quality marble, woods and fittings that would really elevate the interiors.”
客廳地板的選材同是設計亮點之一。作為一個熱愛音響的擁躉，屋主閒時會透過電子產品無縫連接和控制Bang & Olufsen電視和揚聲器。他希望可以意大利大理石地板裝飾，成就最高音樂享受。然而，設計師則有全然不同的想法。由於房間摻雜了大量硬性材質，深沉的大理石和玻璃窗均有可能
One area of contention was what material to use for the living room floor. As a huge acoustics fan who enjoys his state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen television and speakers (and being able to seamlessly control them through his electronic devices), the homeowner was insistent on using Italian marble for the floor. Joseph, however, felt that the combination of so many hard surfaces – the heavy marble and the large expanse of glass from the surrounding windows – would be bad for the acoustics. Without compromising on design or his client’s preferences, he solved this problem by creating a fluted ceiling from wooden slabs that would help absorb sound. This dedication didn’t go unnoticed by the homeowner, who raves: “It was a great experience working with Joseph. He really understood our vision and worked hard to deliver quality results.”
A passionate design buff himself, the homeowner compiled a huge stack of references and clippings on inspirational looks, layouts, wallpaper samples and product info, and recounts how his son often teases him for using all his leisure time on research. His wife, however, speaks fondly of this habit, commenting that her husband is picky but has great taste. “It’s hard to pick a favourite area in the home,” she says. “I think it’s beautiful everywhere, but the staircase and the lighting are very special.”
The homeowner also ensured that his family was involved with the decorating process so that everyone’s needs were fulfilled. “We all flew to Italy together for a week to attend Salone del Mobile for inspiration and then spent three days just in Poltrona Frau to pick out all the furniture,” he reveals. “We’re lucky to be able to enjoy the space together – and it’s the best feeling to have created a home that you’re always excited to come back to.” //破壞音質。Joseph最後選用了具吸音效果的凹槽木製厚板，用途適合又不失美觀。屋主對這妙法讚不絕口：「Joseph完全了解我們的需要，他力臻完美的態度實在值得敬佩，能夠與他合作實在難能可貴。」
EXQUISITE SETTING The homeowners are tastemakers who have collected curios and tableware from around the world - flatware from Hermes, silver from Buccellati and stunning glassware. The lady of the house is an avid chef so the kitchen has been designed to achieve form and function. 精妙佈局屋主喜愛從世界各地搜羅新奇有趣的家品，當中包括 Hermes餐具、Buccellati銀器以及各式各樣的玻璃制品。精心考量的廚房設計按熱愛下廚的女主人的需要度身訂造，美感和功能集於一身。
ALL IN THE DETAILS The master ensuite containing a spacious walk-in wardrobe is a blissful oasis of classic modernity, demonstrating how the homeowner and designer worked closely together to configure the layout and select the best material, fittings and fixtures. 盡在細節主人房中的步入式衣帽間和融糅合經典和創意，設計佈局、優質物料及巧妙裝置均完美展現屋主和設計師攜手合作的過人效果。