Empire State of Mind
THIS & NEXT PAGES (CLOCKWISE FROM THE UPPER RIGHT) A LONG BALCONY THAT RUNS ALONG ONE SIDE OF THE LIVING ROOM LETS IN PLENTY OF NATURAL LIGHT; AN ANTIQUE CHINESE PAINTING PROVIDES A DRAMATIC BACKDROP TO THE DINING AREA; THE CRATE & BARREL DINING TABLE IS MATCHED WITH ANTIQUE CHAIRS
本跨頁（由右上順時針方向起）客廳一側連接長陽台，帶進大量陽光；餐廳懸掛一幅中國古董畫，十分引人注目； Crate & Barrel餐桌搭配古董餐椅
Yolanda Choy-Tang’s apartment may be in Hong Kong but the spacious four-bedroom home evokes a style more in tune with New York City, with its mix of vintage side tables, classic cream sofas and antique Chinese furniture, matched with contemporary artworks that add an avant-garde edge to the chic decor.
“I wanted it to feel like it was an Upper East Side apartment. I was inspired by my mother-in-law’s and other apartments I’ve seen in New York,” says the owner of upscale bridal boutiques Central Weddings and Vera Wang Hong Kong, describing the home she shares with her two kids and husband Hamilton Tang, CEO of Simon Murray & Company.
“Every other apartment I’ve been to in Hong Kong featured a minimalist, modern look. We wanted to avoid that so we added in details such as the panelling featured on the doors and along the ceiling.”
The ambience is further enhanced by the choice of flooring—long, thick strips of wood in a deep brown tone that adds warmth to the space, along with the fireplace in the middle of the living room.
“I’ve always wanted a fireplace, like you would see in the apartments in North America, and with the advances of technology you can do so in Hong Kong. The fireplace creates a smokeless, ethanol flame. During the winter, we light it up for dinner parties and and it looks very elegant and cosy.”
The home is also a reflection of Yolanda and Hamilton’s Asian-American upbringing. The varied collection of furniture, such as a set of vintage side tables from Louisiana with elaborate carvings, are mixed with diverse pieces that were given to the couple by family members. In the dining room is an antique Chinese painting on six wooden
panels that tells part of a story, the rest of which is found on another set of panels that sits in an aunt’s home.
In their son’s room is an antique art deco lamp that came from Hamilton’s grandfather, while a pretty, intricate chandelier in their daughter’s room belonged to Hamilton’s sister and was used in her room in their childhood country home in the US.
“We have an eclectic collection of pieces from around the world that are really special and meaningful to us,” says Yolanda.
Other vintage pieces seen throughout the house are sourced from auction houses in the US, such as the pair of ornate sconces in gold that sits on either side of the fireplace.
The living room and adjacent dining area get an abundance of natural light, courtesy of the large glass windows between the living room and long balcony. Leading away from the main area is a corridor to the bedrooms, the first of which was converted into a study for Yolanda as well as an informal living room— with the television and entertainment system hidden behind a unit with sliding doors.
The wall between the study and corridor was replaced with glass walls to open up the room and allow in more natural light, while a serene painting of a forest sits above the sofa and reminds Yolanda of California, where she grew up.
PREVIOUS page (FROM LEFT) THE FOYER THAT LEADS INTO THE APARTMENT; AN ELEGANT CREAM ARMCHAIR FROM CANAPAC CONCEPTS SITS IN FRONT OF THE LARGE BALCONY
THIs Page ONE OF THE ROOMS WAS CONVERTED INTO AN INFORMAL LIVING ROOM AND OFFICE AREA FOR YOLANDA CHOY-TANG
前頁（左起）大陽台前是一張Canapac Concepts 的典雅奶油色扶手椅；公寓的玄關
“We have rooms that we work and study in and, as a result, we hardly spent any time in the main living room. It is the largest and brightest space but because we didn’t put a television or computer in there it ends up being underutilised. I’ve been encouraging everyone to spend more time there,” says Yolanda.
Behind the apartment’s chic decor lies abundant storage space, which is a must for the family of four, and the huge cabinets built into the walls conceal ample evidence of the family’s active lifestyle.
“Any home with young children is always going to be filled with lots of toys, books and clutter,” laughs Yolanda. “And we are all active, I love to go wake surfing during the summer and we all ski during the winter, so we need a lot of storage space for the equipment.
“We calculated how much storage space we would need and factored this into the design. A home needs to be comfortable, with all the equipment you would need to be efficient for school and work, and with a design chosen according to your lifestyle and personality.”