NAT­U­RAL FORCES

Home Journal - - EDITOR’S LETTER - EMILY LE­UNG, EDITOR

Sum­mer and the out­doors go hand in hand – this month it’s all about soak­ing up the sun and feel­ing your spir­its lift with the azure blue sky. The kids are all out, so the longer golden days should be spent en­joy­ing a well-de­served break with them and rel­ish­ing in fam­ily bond­ing. Nat­u­rally, we ded­i­cate this is­sue to cel­e­brat­ing the great out­doors, chil­dren and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment where we place de­sign at the fore­front.

In Hong Kong where space is such a luxury, an ex­te­rior area is the ul­ti­mate in­dul­gence. We chat to two land­scape ex­perts in Re­port (Pg 71), who share their ex­pert tips on how to in­cor­po­rate this at home, and show­case a se­lec­tion of pa­tio fur­ni­ture, na­ture-in­spired ac­ces­sories and planters in Shop­ping (Pg 49) to get your de­sign juices flow­ing.

When it comes to in­spir­ing chil­dren, we know that play – struc­tured and un­struc­tured – should be at the heart of their ev­ery­day lives and ex­pe­ri­ences. There­fore, play spa­ces need to be imag­i­na­tive and well-de­signed. This is well demon­strated in our Spa­ces fea­ture of Malvern Col­lege Pre-School (Pg 65), which en­com­passes a vi­sion­ary open and in­te­grated learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Fun for the kids is taken to greater heights at the ren­o­vated Tower Wing for Shangri-La Ho­tel in Sin­ga­pore, where the themed Fam­ily Suites and in­te­rior and ex­te­rior play zones en­sure a mem­o­rable va­ca­tion for the whole fam­ily (Pg 133).

Need­less to say, na­ture in all its glory is en­hanced through the myr­iad of homes fea­tured – from a sprawl­ing refuge for a Bud­dhist fam­ily filled with nat­u­ral el­e­ments on the Peak (Pg 80) to a serene beach villa on South Africa’s West Coast (Pg 94), each abode truly com­munes with the out­doors. Fi­nally, we show­case the per­fect sum­mer meal in Good Taste (Pg 138) – a seafood feast paired with ex­quis­ite wines from Rech to re­ally cel­e­brate the sea­son.

踏入炎夏,本月不外乎和煦陽光和蔚藍天際。精彩夏日與戶外活動息息相關,也是你與小孩盡情暢玩的美好時刻,好好享受休閒時光、培養感情。今期正好是向和諧溫馨的戶外天地和度假空間致敬的好時機,讓我們帶你細賞當中美不勝收的設計裝潢。

香港寸金尺土,戶外空間理所當然是終極奢華的標準。在Re­port中,我們與兩位園景專家進行訪談,展現以植物和園藝綠化空間的巧妙訣竅(第71頁)。另外,Shop­ping章節展示多不勝數的陽台傢具、自然裝飾和盆栽器皿,激發你的無限創意(第49頁)。

對小孩來說,不同形式的生活體驗能喚起他們的學習興趣和創意思維。有見及此,滿載想像力和多功能的遊樂空間實在舉足輕重。來自S­paces章節中的墨爾文國際幼稚園正好證明以上一點。校園設計寬闊開揚,具啟發性的學習環境獨特矚目,令人樂在其中(第65頁)。希望與家人歡度假日的你不妨考慮到新加坡香格里拉酒店塔樓翼,酒店提供不同主題的家庭套房、精彩繽紛的內外空間,定能締結珍貴難忘的回憶(第133頁)。

毋庸置疑,自然和諧的家居故事同樣都是亮點。當中包括專為佛教徒家庭而設的山頂大宅(第80頁)和南非西岸的海邊別墅(第94頁),兩者完美呈現戶外與室內空間的無縫連繫。在Good Taste(第138頁)中,我們為你帶來餐廳Rech的海鮮盛宴,伴你迎來盛夏。

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