GALLERIA BY THE SEA
Collectibles, works of art, and plenty of warmth and colour fill a budding designer’s New Territories flat
Roland Lam has always been a fan of architecture and interior design, but the management consultant has decidedly taken the time to pursue his true passion. Consulting for a telecommunications company by day, Roland moonlights as a designer, working on projects that include friends’ residences, the office of the company he consults for – “we moved into a new office, and I designed the whole space” – and his most personal project yet, his home in Tuen Mun.
“We spend a lot of time at home, with friends,” says Roland, who grew up in Canada and now resides in Hong Kong with his wife, Iris, a florist and architectural model maker. “Especially in Hong Kong, it’s nice to have your own space to invite friends over for wine and dinner. So I think it’s also very important that a home reflects your lifestyle and your personality.”
“IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT A HOME REFLECTS YOUR LIFESTYLE AND YOUR PERSONALITY”
PART RETREAT, PART GATHERING PLACE, AND PART PERSONAL GALLERIA: THIS IS WHAT MAKES AN IDEAL HOME
For their 1,500sqft apartment by the sea, the couple's lifestyle and personalities are reflected in the works of art that adorn the walls, the figurines of iconic chairs that dot the shelving unit, and the collection of books, complete with a ladder, that occupy a full wall. “Objets d’art are very important in giving personality to a home,” notes Roland.
It also helps to share some of the things they hold closest to heart. By the entrance, for example, a reflective surface greets both the homeowners and their visitors with lyrics from Dalida’s ‘Histoire d'un Amour’. “It’s my favourite song – the words are very nice,” he enthuses, humming the tune in demonstration. “It gives me inspiration, so I just drew it.” Part retreat, part gathering place, and part personal galleria: this is how Roland describes his home, and what he proposes makes an ideal one, too.
The consultant-designer also likes to work here, and cites the study as his favourite spot. “I love reading by the window, overlooking the sea and faraway mountains.”
Having retired from his full-time job two years ago, Roland looks forward to bringing his true passion to life – and taking his past experiences in management and consultancy along for the ride. “I'm finally able to find time to do what I really like,” says Roland. “I think my experience in the commercial world has shown me what people want, what they can afford, and how they see value. At the end of the day, you cannot design a house you aren't able to build, or something that is not secure or sustainable. So I help my customers go deeper – I share with them my experiences, both good and bad. To be honest, authenticity is very important.” The business world taught him that, says Roland, who remains inspired and energised, and ready to go. // 書架藏書系列，展現個性與生活方式。Roland表示：「藝術珍品能為家居注入獨一無二的個性，屬關鍵一筆。」
屋主們最珍而重之的元素也獲細意分享。以門口的反光面材為例，屋主和訪客每次到家時都能欣賞到Dalida名曲Histoire d'un Amour的歌詞。「這是我最喜愛的曲目，每字每句觸動我心。」他興奮表示，並哼著唱示範。「它帶來豐富靈感，於是我就汲取之。」Roland形容自己的家既是私人淨土，也是歡迎客人到臨的歡聚空間和個人藝廊，確實所言非虛。
SACRED SANCTUARYRoland's living room is a haven for gatherings and solitude, with Natuzzi Italia's Borghese sofa making for an inviting centrepiece, and the full wall shelving unit housing an open library of books and collectibles.私人淨土Roland的客廳是個款客聚會或靜享時光的理想天地，當中以Natuzzi Italia的Borghese沙發作亮點，並加設貼牆書架充當開放式圖書館，放滿典籍與珍藏。
TALKING POINTSThe various objects in Roland's home serve as conversation starters for friends and design clients who visit. "You have more topics to talk about," says Roland. "People open up and share."話題之作精品為Roland家打造矚目焦點，引發來訪友人和設計客戶的討論。「可以談及的話題有增無減。」Roland指：「 人們更願意打開心窗、多作分享。」