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Home Journal February 2019

Home Journal is where inspiration lives. For over 35 years, it has been the leading design and lifestyle magazine in Hong Kong, showcasing standout spaces and inspired living ideas. The monthly bilingual publication is a trusted source of insight and intel – its pages are filled with the latest in interiors, design, and decoration as well as beautifully photographed travel, food, and entertaining features.

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Hong Kong SAR China
Tatler Asia Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
future-forward designing

Hong Kong company, Glory Top – one of the city’s leading suppliers of sanitaryware, sensor solutions, architectural hardware, mosaic tiles and home decor – utilises VR to spark the imagination of homeowners, designers and architects by showing the possibilities of bathroom design via an awe-inspiring, immersive experience. The technology provides a window into a future space by letting users pick products, such as faucets, shower sets, and toilets. Mixing and matching them in a variety of ways – right down to the soft closing of the toilet seat and the water flow from faucets – enable the user to see how they will work and envision the products in a realistic, three-dimensional way. GLORY TOP BUILDING MATERIALS LTD UNIT 1503-5, 15/F, 8 JORDAN ROAD, KOWLOON, HONG KONG TEL: 3583 8333 WWW.GLORYTOP.COM.HK…

3 min
labour of love

Pursuing a passion can often require a leap of faith and a complete turnaround in life – as was the case with Taiwan-born Nana Chan, a former lawyer and long-time tea lover who founded the highly successful cafe Teakha in Sheung Wan, followed by craft tea company Plantation by Teakha in Sai Ying Pun. “My penchant for tea was ignited when I was young,” recalls Nana. “Having a Taiwanese mother and a father who studied in the UK means that I’ve been surrounded by tea and cakes all my life. The traditional family ritual of serving afternoon tea makes a great impact. The beauty of it lies in the fact that families, friends and communities can come together to celebrate enduring memories.” Though she reluctantly took her initial profession as a lawyer…

2 min
bold strokes

It’s official – bold, distinct palettes and strong graphic shapes are on the way in as the interior design world slowly moves away from pristine ambience and the ultra-minimalist fad. In the coming season, expect to embrace an aesthetic world that celebrates all things exuberant. Start small with a statement rug or an accent table, then gradually move on to larger staples such as fringed furniture or a saturated shade on a feature wall. Mix in more colours and patterns for a purposely over-decorated (but not overwhelming) setting. Bring on the drama with bold-on-bold accents such as geometric wallpaper and vibrant rugs in the same area, incorporate richer tones against a neutral base, and add a sense of wonder into a space with striking art pieces. The possibilities are limitless. MODERN…

3 min
best foot forward

The worlds of fashion and interior design have become increasingly intertwined in recent years – and not only does the synergy make sense, it also opens up a spectrum of possibilities. For an example of how fashion is enriching the home, look no further than the recent collaboration between Edgardo Osorio, the founder and creative director of luxury footwear label Aquazzura, and bespoke wallpaper and fabric powerhouse de Gournay (available from Altfield Interiors in Hong Kong), which recently introduced lines by Moda Operandi and model Kate Moss, among others. Featuring a vivid reimagination of chinoiserie, Amazonia is Osorio’s second collection for de Gournay. It references 18th-century illustrations by Albertus Seba and murals by Juan Gatti while paying homage to panoramas of the Amazon jungle, a nod to Osorio’s Colombian roots.…

4 min
a grand time

WHILE THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF SIMILARLY STATELY, AUSTERE STRUCTURES IN THE VICINITY, IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT SETS THIS HOME APART FROM THE REST Overlooking the Arno River, architect and interior decorator Luigi Fragola’s home and studio occupies the uppermost level of a 19th-century building in Florence. And while there’s no shortage of similarly stately, austere structures in the vicinity, it only takes a minute to understand what sets this home apart from the rest. Luigi, who had lived in Bologna, Milan and then New York, tentatively returned to Italy and found himself smitten with Florence. “I fell in love with the city at night, surrounded by champagne glasses and elegant clothes,” he recalls. “I had been invited to a party and I meant to leave the next day.…

1 min
in this issue

LUIGI FRAGOLA I ARCHITECT I've always been fond of both technical and beautiful things. In my studio, we function as both architect and interior designer — these have to be in sync. EDGARDO OSORIO I CREATIVE DIRECTOR, AQUAZZURA I’m a maximalist at heart, but a minimalist in my design. I love that contrast and I like to be both depending on my mood…but I always think more is more, and also more fun! AMRITA KHANNA I FOUNDING PRINCIPAL DESIGNER, ZIP CODE 888 Form following function is something that has always dictated my design style. There should always be a harmonious flow within and between the rooms in a home.…