Edi­tor’s Note

Hong Kong Tatler Homes - - CONTENTS - Jacqueline Kot

With life to­day marked by busy sched­ules and the con­stant need to stay con­nected via smart­phone, home, now more than ever, should be a sanc­tu­ary where you can re­lax and recharge. With in­door-out­door living space, time spent at home needn’t add up to more hours clocked in­doors as if in the of­fice.

When Princess Ira von Fürsten­berg is not busy cre­at­ing ob­jets d’art in Rome, she heads to her sum­mer house in the Span­ish town of Ronda, where she and her guests revel in the Mediter­ranean sun on var­i­ous pa­tios and ter­races. Sim­i­larly, Vi­sion­naire’s cre­ative direc­tor, Eleonore Cavalli, de­lights in dining with her fam­ily un­der a ma­jes­tic elm tree in the 4,300sqft gar­den of their idyl­lic home in north­ern Italy.

On the other side of the world, Alila Ho­tels and Re­sorts’ Sean Bren­nan un­winds in a mod­ern villa nes­tled among mango trees in Bali, where floor-to­ceil­ing glass walls and mul­ti­ple slid­ing doors blur the line be­tween the in­doors and the out­doors. And such lay­outs are not con­fined to stand­alone houses. The luxury Four Sea­sons Pri­vate Res­i­dences in Bangkok, once built, will fea­ture large glass win­dows and doors that open onto spa­cious ter­races to take ad­van­tage of the build­ing’s en­vi­able po­si­tion on the Chao Phraya River.

Pent­houses, too, are mak­ing the most of the out­doors. Our cover story high­lights the lat­est high-level prop­er­ties avail­able around the world—where vast ar­eas of glass and open-plan living bring nat­u­ral light and stunning views deep into the living space.

It’s nat­u­ral to fo­cus on a prop­erty’s in­te­rior, but don’t for­get to con­sider its out­door space and how well it man­ages to bring the out­side in. With the right de­sign, you can en­joy fresh air, green­ery and sun­shine with­out leav­ing the com­fort of your home.

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