CONFESSION: We are not professional chefs.
We just design professional kitchens of various sizes for clients with different needs. Some like the streamline showroom aesthetics since they never cook. Some want it super durable for heavy duty usage. Some avoid clutter and keep everything concealed. Some just want to showcase all the kitchenware they have. After all, it’s a very personal choice.
Let’s take a look at some of our own kitchen designs since 2009. What’s your favorite?
Based on some bathroom studies, the average amount of time people spend in the bathroom every day is about 30 minutes. But one in four of us spend more than an hour. Some people like to meditate inside the shower. Some reads while taking a bath. And if you are a woman you are very likely to be spending well over an hour in the bathroom.
In other words, that’s really a significant amount of time in our busy everyday life.
To us, it means this holy secret place of yours better look good.
Over the years, we have designed more than 80 different bathrooms (and counting…) for different clients. Minimal and Contemporary. French. English. Rustic. Industrial. Scandinavian. Geometric. Eclectic. You name it. To start off this year of the Monkey, let us look back at some of our own favorite bathroom designs, since 2009.
On my recent trip to Copenhagen, I finally got a chance to visit the holy shrine: Design Museum Danmark.
To everyone in the interior design field, especially us who has been doing so many Scandinavian designs in recent years, it was a dream come true. I was basically like a kid in the candy shop, running around the museum, studying each and every piece, admiring these Hall of Fame original designs up close and personal. Looking at those thoughtful details, those forms and curves, those materials and structure, it’s easy to see why these designs never go out of style, after almost a century.
I can only wish everyone shares the same respect for originality and creativity as much as I do. And we can all create, and enjoy more timeless designs for years to come.
We recently got invited by Carl Hansen & Son, the all-time classic Danish furniture guru, to join their tour in Denmark. After doing (or we can proudly say “pioneering”) so many Scandinavian designs over the last few years, it was such an honor to finally get the chance visit the country, to experience it up close and personal.
A small group of selected dealers and designers from around the world got together in Copenhagen for a 3-day private tour. We visited the factory where the world famous CH24 chairs and other furniture pieces are passionately handcrafted. We learned the history of Carl Hansen & Son and Rud. Rasmussens from the man behind all these, Mr. Knud Erik Hansen, understanding all the success stories of these world famous furniture brands over the last century. We got to share our professional experiences with each other. We celebrated originality and design. It sure was a memorable and valuable trip for everyone involved.
Once again, thank you Carl Hansen for the tour. Thank you Morten and Knud Erik. Thank you Katrina from Manks. If anyone interested in using Carl Hansen furniture in their homes or offices, just contact Manks, the official distributor in Hong Kong.
Good design lasts a lifetime. Please support original design as there is simply no soul in all those replicas.
Given the seriousness of the situation, we have already handed this case to the police and our legal advisors, and informed our clients accordingly. We hereby reserve the rights to further legal actions if necessary and are determined to do whatever it takes to ensure justice is served.
Hinley Lam Kai Hin of Deux Creative (Hong Kong) & Koodos Design (Macau), if this is your own twisted way of showing your “admiration” for us, we absolutely don’t appreciate it whatsoever. It’s ok to look up to us, but it’s DESPICABLE to steal from us. REMOVE those project images you stole from us IMMEDIATELY. And we urge you to come forward and issue a PUBLIC APOLOGY in a professional manner, for the theft you have committed over the years. Now it’s time to come clean. And maybe when it’s all said and done, you can officially apply for a trainee position at hoo and learn from all of us here, on how to actually “Be Original Be Creative”.
I recently did quite a few interviews (Property Times, U Magazine, South China Morning Post, Southside Magazine…) on Scandinavian design in Hong Kong. It’s good to know we are getting more and more appreciation for our focus and promotion on this particular style in recent years. And as every journalist asked me, why Scandinavian? Here is what I think:
1. It’s clean, stylish, and not as cold as minimal.
2. It’s suitable for the limited space in Hong Kong.
3. It has a strong heritage from the good old mid-century modern days.
4. It is flexible.
5. It feels human.
6. And, it’s very affordable.
Let me show you some of the previous Scandinavian projects we did and you can get a feel of how Scandinavian style looks in real life.
And of course, we don’t restrict our work to Scandinavian style only. As I believe everyone is different so every home should have its own character, we also do other designs like French, Industrial, Minimal, so on and so forth.
Just tell us about yourself, and let us create HAUTE COUTURE homes for you.
In addition to interior design, we also do a lot of interior styling projects.
Recently, I got invited to work on the interior styling for Langham Place Xiamen, a very nice contemporary design hotel. I had to style 20+ different venues in the hotel, for professional photography. Pick the fabrics. Set the tables. Design the flower arrangements. Decorate the spaces. And sometimes, move the sofas and tables.
We were scheduled to take over 20 nicely set-up shots within a week. Very tight timing. Very limited local sourcing options. Very challenging to the creative mind. Yet a very interesting experience.
Once again, thank you Langham for the invitation. Guess the final photos won’t be ready until the end of this year. So, let me share some snapshots here.