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Win­nie Yue wants to push bound­aries with a new ad­di­tion to Hong Kong’s cre­ative scene

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Win­nie Yue wants to push bound­aries with her ad­di­tion to Hong Kong’s de­sign scene

Asia’s first lux­ury de­sign, fur­ni­ture and lifestyle fair makes its de­but this month. At the In­ter­na­tional De­sign Fur­ni­ture Fair Hong Kong (IDFFHK), more than 20 il­lus­tri­ous Euro­pean and lo­cal brands will be ex­hibit­ing, in­clud­ing Bac­carat, Lalique and Tang Tang Tang Tang. The fair is spear­headed by Win­nie Yue, a Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia–berke­ley ar­chi­tec­ture grad­u­ate who man­ages a port­fo­lio of prop­er­ties around the world and who has first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence op­er­at­ing de­signer fur­ni­ture stores. Yue ex­plains how she hopes the event will push the bound­aries of Hong Kong’s cre­ative com­mu­nity and in­stil a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of de­sign among res­i­dents. The fair takes place from Au­gust 21 to 23 at the Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. Tick­ets are HK$90 to HK$280 from hk­tick­et­ For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Tell us about your de­sign back­ground.

I’ve worked in ar­chi­tec­tural firms in the US and Hong Kong, and later helped with my fam­ily re­de­vel­op­ment projects. When I started my own fam­ily, I re­alised there were very lim­ited fur­ni­ture out­lets in Hong Kong. My first shop was in Lan Kwai Fong, away from the typ­i­cal fur­ni­ture hub in Happy Val­ley. It in­tro­duced colour­ful pieces from New York City and it was a sen­sa­tion.

How do you feel about the inau­gu­ral IDFFHK?

I’m very ex­cited to have so much sup­port from the ex­hibitors, and all our sup­port­ers and spon­sors. Not only have the ex­hibitors made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in the set­ting up and staffing, but they have also put a lot of ef­fort into the de­sign of their show­cases. Many of the de­sign­ers are from Europe and will be dis­play­ing their work in Asia for the first time. We also have strong sup­port from the de­sign com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Hong Kong’s In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects and the In­te­rior De­sign As­so­ci­a­tion, the gov­ern­ment, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and busi­ness part­ners, which shows there is huge con­fi­dence in the fair. The recog­ni­tion from these pres­ti­gious in­sti­tutes and other bod­ies is an im­por­tant stamp of endorsement and sup­port for an in­valu­able pro­ject.

What’s your opin­ion of the lo­cal de­sign scene to­day?

The use of the term “cre­ative desert” in re­la­tion to Hong Kong is def­i­nitely passé these days. With the suc­cess of Art Basel in Hong Kong, the gov­ern­ment sup­port for the PMQ pro­ject and the up-and­com­ing West Kowloon Cul­tural Dis­trict, our art and de­sign scene is much more vi­brant than it was. There are, of course, still many chal­lenges here, such as lim­ited plat­forms and space.

How does beau­ti­ful de­sign im­prove peo­ple’s lives?

A beau­ti­ful piece of fur­ni­ture is a piece of func­tional art. De­sign is a qual­ity of life. Good de­sign el­e­vates one­self to look bet­ter, to feel bet­ter, to live bet­ter. A home is a sanc­tu­ary. Peo­ple should feel com­fort, peace and pride in their home, and a well-de­signed space will en­able them to. Beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture can change the dy­nam­ics of any space. An in­te­rior should re­flect the char­ac­ter of its user and tell a story.

de­sign queen From left: Win­nie Yue is the founder of a new lux­ury de­sign fair; Boca Do Lobo is one of many fea­tured brands

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