Tai­lor your kitchen with de­sign con­cepts to suit your per­son­al­ity


The in­te­rior de­signer Lau­rence Bey­secker’s abode is the cu­mu­la­tion of a life­time of travel, de­sign and cu­rios­ity

In Swe­den, we moved a lot," says Lau­rence Bey­secker, co-founder of Hong Kong in­te­rior de­sign stu­dio Ate­lierd&i. "We stayed there for a very short pe­riod of time... one-anda-half years... but we moved four times." The fre­quent moves were due to the coun­try’s favour­ing of home own­er­ship and sublet­ting, mean­ing that find­ing an apart­ment for rent in the city cen­tre was next to im­pos­si­ble. Through it all, Lau­rence con­tin­ued to cul­ti­vate a dis­cern­ing col­lec­tion of art and a dis­tinct per­sonal style that she main­tained across her fam­ily’s abodes. If any­thing, the up­heavals be­came an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge in in­te­rior de­sign ef­fi­ciency. "I was al­ways pre­pared for a move and had a plan of where I was go­ing to put ev­ery­thing," she says.

We con­verse over a light ve­gan lunch of rice rolls and vegetable tarts on the ter­race with beau­ti­ful views of Repulse Bay. Hav­ing resided here since the fam­ily re­turned to Hong Kong in Jan­uary 2016—mark­ing their sec­ond stint in the city, fol­low­ing the 2009 re­lo­ca­tion of her hus­band’s com­pany—lau­rence seems con­tent to set down roots again. "We have friends liv­ing on the third floor of the build­ing," Lau­rence ex­plains when asked how she dis­cov­ered the flat. "When I was search­ing for a place, they told me there was one avail­able and I im­me­di­ately fell in love. The ter­race is fab­u­lous and we spend a lot of time out­side." She may have only in­hab­ited her new home for a few months, but upon ex­plor­ing the space, it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine it look­ing any other way.

"Of course I’m in­flu­enced by French cul­ture, since I’m French," she ex­plains. "I like colour, def­i­nitely. Tex­ture, a lot of tex­tiles. I like to layer things to make the in­te­ri­ors re­ally warm and per­sonal." While the home fea­tures a muted colour pal­ette of whites, greys and warm woods, splashes of colour brighten up ev­ery room without over­whelm­ing it. Lau­rence’s love of tex­tiles

While the home fea­tures a muted colour pal­ette... splashes of colour brighten up ev­ery room

is also ap­par­ent in the rugs and throws that co­coon the rooms of the house. "I love well-crafted items and I re­ally re­spect the know-how of peo­ple, their skills and their tra­di­tions. I don’t re­ally like items where hun­dreds of them are mass-pro­duced in a fac­tory," she says.

Her de­ci­sion to ven­ture into in­te­rior de­sign was partly in­flu­enced by a trip she and her hus­band took to Ban­gui in the Philip­pines 20 years ago. "I fell in love with these nicely wo­ven items that stored the rice they were col­lect­ing. It was very fine weav­ing," she says. A hand­made bas­ket in the shape of a house graces the foot of her bed, while other pieces made from bam­boo and Burmese teak wood are scat­tered through­out the home. Plenty of her beloved tex­tiles are hand­made as well. "It takes a week to make one piece be­cause a loom needs to be set up... and then it’s wo­ven by hand," she shares, ges­tur­ing to a throw that adorns her liv­ing room sofa.

Crafts­man­ship sat squarely at the fore­front when she founded her first in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness, Deco du Monde, as plenty of the fab­rics and fur­nish­ings were hand­crafted by sup­pli­ers care­fully se­lected by Lau­rence. To­day, plenty of pieces from her old com­pany have found their homes in Lau­rence’s new abode. Crafts­man­ship is also at the heart of Ate­lierd&i, which she co-founded with

long-time friend and col­league Dami­enne Joly, whom she met when they worked to­gether at de­sign and art space Deem. "When I came back, it was ob­vi­ous that we wanted to con­tinue the ad­ven­ture to­gether and we de­cided to set up Ate­lierd&i," says Lau­rence. While her work as a de­signer con­trib­utes to how she chooses to ar­range her space, ul­ti­mately her home is a place to show­case her per­son­al­ity and sur­round her­self with me­men­tos from oc­ca­sions through­out her life. "When you travel a lot, I think it’s very im­por­tant to have a home of your own where you can feel good," she says. "It’s re­ally about cre­at­ing a com­po­si­tion that re­flects your per­son­al­ity. I have ac­cu­mu­lated all of these ob­jects through­out my life and trav­els. I like ob­jects that tell a story and that can cre­ate a di­a­logue." Look­ing around Lau­rence’s flat, it’s easy to trace her jour­ney as a de­signer and a home­owner through her nar­ra­tive of the ob­jects she’s col­lected—a col­lec­tion that will only grow with her new ex­pe­ri­ences in Hong Kong and at her ate­lier.

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