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Hong Kong interior designers and design rms bring a wealth of experience and a wide variety of aesthetic sensibilit­ies to suit all tastes. Here’s our pick


Get to know the seven leading interior designers in Hong Kong

You can buy the perfect urban penthouse or three-storey villa by the beach, but until you nd the right interior designer to properly out t your abode, it’s never going to feel like the home of your dreams. Fortunatel­y, Hong Kong has no shortage of independen­t designers and rms who can turn your space into something spectacula­r, whether you’re looking to furnish a new property or give your current residence a much-needed contempora­ry refresh.

We’ve surveyed the landscape to hand pick seven interior designers and design rms that deserve to be on your radar. The impressive portfolios and wide range of creative talents mean there’s an option for every type of homeowner on this list.


Bright, clean and contempora­ry are the rst words that come to mind when surveying the work of multi-awardwinni­ng rm Grande Design, whose services encompass o ces, retail spaces, visual merchandis­ing and, most notably, private homes. With a focus on maximising space e ciency, increasing storage and creating customised furniture, this design juggernaut’s expansive portfolio includes residences in just about every corner of Hong Kong, from Park Island to Sha Tin. Recent highlights from Grande Design’s work include a multi-level high-rise apartment with a sky garden in Fo Tan and an apartment lled with plants and pops of colour at the Mount Pavilia developmen­t in Clearwater Bay.


After 11 years working in the advertisin­g industry, Hong Kong-raised YC Chen establishe­d his interior design company, hoo, in 2009. As creative director, he operates with the goal of creating oneof-a-kind haute couture homes for clients, adhering to a guiding principle that each person is unique and therefore each home should be equally original. Accordingl­y, no two hoo projects look the same, with a focus on even the smallest details to de ne each project’s character. Among recent projects, a 2,600-square-foot ’at in Jardine’s Lookout designed for a stylish grandmothe­r stands out with its Frenchstyl­e cupboard doors inlaid with mirrors.


After founding interior design rm Atelier Lane in Sydney in 2009, CEO and creative director Ellie Bradley spent two years in Singapore before relocating to Hong Kong in 2018. Since then, she’s been hired to oversee residentia­l projects on Old Peak Road as well as in Jardine’s Lookout and Repulse Bay, where she’s consistent­ly shown an a nity for neutral tones and natural light, creating calming, airy spaces that feel restrained and, ultimately, relaxing. Of particular note is her bold use of bathroom tiling, which wouldn’t look out of place in a hip boutique hotel in London. atelierlan­


Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui met in Paris and worked together in London before creating the design studio Bean Buro in Hong Kong in 2013. Given their multicultu­ral background­s – Faure is French, Kinugasa-Tsui is half-Chinese, half-Japanese – the notion of cultural exchange is a hallmark of their work. Although their aesthetic leans in a minimalist­ic direction, the designers aren’t afraid to employ sculptural centrepiec­es or curving walls for dramatic e‡ect. Highlights from Bean Buro’s residentia­l portfolio include the refurbishm­ent of a 2,500-square-foot apartment at Piccadilly Mansion in Mid-Levels and a 1,200-square-foot apartment overlookin­g the racecourse in Happy Valley, dubbed “Urban Cocoon” for its calming nature.


Founded in 1999 by the designer/architect duo of Ed Ng and Terrance Ngan, AB Concept has spent two decades building an ever-expanding global portfolio of luxury design projects for residentia­l and commercial properties, not to mention the worlds of hospitalit­y, wellness and F&B. In Hong Kong, you’ll have seen their work

at Central’s New World Tower, the new Victoria Dockside and The Chinese Library at Tai Kwun. On the residentia­l front they’ve designed three-level penthouses dripping with understate­d luxury in both Kau To Shan and Ho Man Tin Hill, as well as a glittering private home in Repulse Bay.


The name André Fu will be familiar to fans of high-end hotels in Asia: he’s the man responsibl­e for the much-praised interiors at The Upper House, the St. Regis and the Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong, as well as the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Although he and his rm, AFSO, are strongly associated with the hospitalit­y industry, their portfolio also includes art, retail and restaurant projects. Residentia­lly, Fu and his team have brought contempora­ry elegance to a luxury condo in the Jean Nouvel-designed 52 West 53 tower in Manhattan, as well as 237 serviced residences at K11 Artus in Tsim Sha Shui.


Raised in Hong Kong and Canada, awardwinni­ng interior designer Nelson Chow studied men’s tailoring and worked for internatio­nally renowned design rm AvroKO in New York before establishi­ng NCDA in 2011. It’s perhaps unsurprisi­ng, then, that his aesthetic gravitates towards the masculine, though he’s not afraid of whimsical ’ourishes. NCDA’s best-known work has been the interiors at bars and restaurant­s such as Foxglove, PDT, Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour and Mak Mak, but the rm also garnered acclaim for its Treehouse project, which employed a split-level design to cleverly maximise the 370-square-foot area of an apartment in Ho Man Tin.

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Grande Design’s Fo Tan apartment with sky garden
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