Sculptural furnishings handcrafted from hardwoods set the tone for a creative homeowner’s organic yet industrial look
ften, the design process starts with an initial concept, then moves onto mood boards before beginning renovations and finally choosing all the right furnishings to fill the new and improved space. In this Pok Fu Lam apartment, however, the interiors were conceived around the owner’s artful furnishings first. “The homeowner met Taiwanese artist Hsu Wei-bin; they collaborated on the look of the apartment together,” says Pplusp Designers founder Wesley Liu, who was invited to see the artist’s collection and visit his home in Taiwan to further understand its look and feel. “I worked with Hsu on the walls and ceiling design, the layout, the feeling… He makes furniture that’s of a certain style, and I designed an interior that fits his works.” It was an artistic journey that motivated the designer to experiment with new forms and practices in the home – most noticeably the use of concrete moulding, which was poured over a brick foundation and fashioned into the kitchen and bathroom countertops as well as the moulded concrete washbasin in the guest bathroom. Concrete is also spread onto the walls for a consistently flowing, unfinished look that runs throughout the home. The most daring factor of the home is the living room wall, which delineates the voluminous living and dining areas from the personal zone. Here, Liu chipped away pieces of the existing wall with a pickaxe, peeling away the many layers of renovations and painting jobs the apartment had previously undergone over several decades. Later, he used heavy-duty machinery to level the uneven surface until he was able to reveal the solid concrete and stone foundation underneath. “You can see that the wall is quite raw,” Liu points out. “I wanted to remove all these years
of renovations. Luckily, the homeowner agreed and trusted me because she really respects design.” It helped that this wasn’t their first collaboration together – Liu had worked on the owner’s previous home in Tuen Mun, which embraced an overarching contemporary Japanese aesthetic, rather than her newly adopted love for Taiwanese interiors. With both of the homes, retaining traces of their past histories was an important consideration in Liu’s designs. He saved the granite floor tiles in both the entryway and kitchen, which were an addition from the previous homeowner, as well as some built-in cabinets in the study and bedroom to contrast with the existing design. The ceilings were also maintained, but Liu added a rough texture to the smooth surface through a coat of grouting and exterior paint – the only false ceiling is in the entryway to conceal the air conditioner. The original layout of the three-bedroom apartment was also slightly modified so that only the master bedroom remained; Liu converted the second bedroom into a flexible dressing room with a pair of sliding doors that opens onto a sunlit study facing the South China Sea. On the opposite wing of the home – past the airy kitchen with its eye-catching island adorned with hanging pots and pans above – is a secluded area devoted to hosting guests. To ensure that visitors enjoy the utmost privacy, this compact en suite comes with a charming bathroom made from poured concrete and a decorative tile motif, which Liu designed himself and serves as another example of how this home has been finely tuned to the needs of the homeowner. From the raw interiors that showcase the curving forms of the organic hand-carved furnishings to the refined additions, including a walk-in closet converted into a well-stocked wine cellar, it’s clear that this apartment is tailored to respond to every passion and pastime of its creative homeowner.
TOP The sunlit study looks out onto the South China Sea, creating the perfect corner for quiet reflection