The secret to good design
What is the secret to good interior design? it’s like putting together a winning outfit: choose one statement item and build everything else around it. it might take months to find just the right paint colour, sofa or bathroom tap, but the quest is definitely worthwhile in the end.
in this issue of Prestige Lifestyle, focusing on the very best in architecture and interior design, our Cover story features the Bel air home of fashion designer Monique Lhuillier. she and her husband wanted their spacious French manor-style retreat to be a restful “escape from colour”. What the house lacks in bright hues is more than made up for by sheer sophistication.
“My design journey has already taken me to places i have never imagined before,” says interior architect andré Fu in an exclusive interview. his notable commissions include the Upper house in hong Kong and the Fullerton Bay hotel in singapore.
Meanwhile, skateboarder turned artist-designer Jaime hayon, whose furniture can be seen at Republic of Fritz hansen, tells us how staying true to himself has helped him become one of the most influential designers of the last decade. Chi Wing Lo, whose furniture can be found at Bika, describes how he has brought a Chinese aesthetic to the design field in italy.
No event is fun without flowers, so we were delighted to be able to pick the brains of the United states’ Kiana Underwood, owner of san Francisco floral design studio tulipina, and international floral and event designer Karen tran when they visited Jakarta in recent months.
Elsewhere, we meet the architect Peter Marino, who became famous for designing the late andy Warhol’s house in New York. today, Marino’s impressive client list includes Bernard arnault, Chairman of LVMH, and Chanel owner alain Wertheimer.
One of indonesia’s top architects, Yori antar, Director of han awal & Partners, tells us in an exclusive interview that he believes his profession is about more than just designing buildings. “architecture has to be a problem solver, and become a bridge between the government’s interests and society,” he says. a similar sense of idealism was expressed by Realrich sjarief and aboday’s Rafael David when they discussed their approaches to architecture.
i hope this special issue of Prestige helps to enrich your knowledge and appreciation of what goes into elegant home living. happy reading!