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Design Anthology Issue 11

Design Anthology is a luxury interiors, design, art and architecture magazine, with a strong focus on Asia and it's burgeoning creative scene. Aimed at a sophisticated, well-travelled audience, we aim to provide a reading experience that will transport and inspire you.

Hong Kong SAR China
Fifth Black Media Limited
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from the editor

In this 11th edition of Design Anthology we present our signature mix of fascinating projects and journeys from around the world. While we don’t typically showcase retail or workplace interiors, we felt that the bijou Hong Kong office of Peter Cheung by LI&Co. and the new co-working space The Work Project by Hong Kong studio Bean Buro offered the perfect opportunities to break with tradition. Similarly, the Sulwhasoo flagship retail project in Seoul by Shanghai-based duo Neri&Hu is a visual delight. Product and furniture design is one of our many passions, so we’re excited to share the stories of the new Hong Kong studio Lim + Lu and the first ever China-based furniture brand, ZaoZuo. We hope the stories behind these emerging talents provide inspiration to other aspiring young designers around the…

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Articolo Australian lighting company Articolo, founded by designer Nicci Green in 2012, has already seen its product specified in a number of high-profile projects. From the company’s new collection, the Domi wall sconce is handcrafted in Australia from brass and mouth-blown glass and appears to float thanks to its unique and subtle design. The fixture is also available as a pendant and in a number of metal finishes and glass colours. articoloarchitecturallighting.com.au Flexform The newest piece by Italian designer Antonio Citterio for Flexform is the elegant Agave chair. The organic lines of its solid wood frame subtly echo 1940s form while nodding to the work of iconic architect/designer Gio Ponti. The retro feel is furthered with a woven wicker back, capitalising on the expert weaving techniques for which the manufacturer is known. Combined with…

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Abandoned Places by Henk van Rensbergen (Lannoo Publishers) As an international Boeing 787 pilot, Henk van Rensbergen spent his off hours between flights exploring abandoned places around the globe. The result is a collection of ghoulish images to indulge the inner ruins-voyeur in all of us. Adhering to the urban explorer’s guiding principle of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints’, Van Rensbergen explores everything from a floating warship cemetery in France to a forgotten love hotel in Japan and a flooded theme park in New Orleans. He searches for the beauty in their desolation and the intrigue in their decay. Peppered with occasional commentary about the perils behind shooting a particular series of pictures, the book offers the full armchair adventure. This is the third collection of photos by the veteran urbexer,…

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Samuel Chan: Design Purity + Craft Principles by Charlotte and Peter Fiell (Laurence King Publishing) Channels, the furniture label led by Hong Kong-born, UK-trained furniture designer and maker Samuel Chan, celebrates its 21st birthday this year. To mark the occasion, respected design authors Charlotte and Peter Fiell have penned the first ever monograph on Chan’s work, which they’ve followed from its early beginnings. Chan is a rare breed in the furniture world, as his talent for design is equal to the skill of his craft. The prolificity of his career thus far is astounding given how difficult many of his pieces are to produce despite their deceptively simple look. For a glimpse into his genius, this book traces Chan’s early years and most formative experiences. Chan grew up in a Hong Kong refugee camp…

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Our picks from Maison&Objet Paris September 2016…

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room for inspiration

When you’re in the luxury goods and fashion business, it helps to have an office that reflects the sentiment, says HongKong architect Johnny Li of his studio’s recently completed office design for Peter Cheung Asia, a strategic consultancy specialising in luxury lifestyle, fashion, haute jewellery and watches. ‘It was important for the office to have a physical manifestation of the client’s own brand identity and strong vision,’ says Li, whose previous project for Cheung — the first pop-up by Van Cleef & Arpels at Hong Kong’s PMQ in 2014 — won a Best of Asia Pacific Design Award by the International Interior Design Association. The brief for the 190-square-metre office located in a 1970s building on Queen’s Road East called for a functional and inspirational workspace, flexible enough to adapt to…