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Home Journal May 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

3 min
a life in colour

Cathrine and Anders de Lichtenberg are the owners of an old villa in Frederiksberg, Denmark, and that’s largely due to Cathrine’s persistence. Undeterred by the idea of a gut renovation, she put her determination to good use in designing and furnishing their new home, which, having been built in 1898, required nothing less than a full remodel. Nestled within a sleepy residential neighbourhood, the abode is where the couple chose to settle down in 2017, after many years spent overseas. Today the house is simple yet exquisite, its old marble windowsills and parquet floors serving as reminders of its grand original structure. In contrast to the villa’s regal features, new windows and doors were among the more contemporary additions. “I think there’s a certain beauty in keeping some remembrances of the…

3 min
built to last

“Since they have settled into the home, one of the grandparents has moved in with them, and we’re happy to report that the house is functioning exactly as it was intended.” So says Walker Warner Architects of the modern residence they created in Tiburon Bay, Marin Country, its elongated structure on a sloping, terraced plot mingling elegantly with views of the San Francisco Bay. Working off a gathering of images featuring the designs of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Cliff May, William Wurster, and Joseph Esherick – collected and referenced by the homeowners – the firm “strove for a timeless simplicity that celebrates land, light, and nature.” The sublime volume, likened more to a compound rather than a standalone building, features clean, sophisticated lines etched against the clear California horizon. Intended to house…

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in this issue

ASAF GOTTESMAN ARCHITECT For a home to function properly, the “back of the house” is critical, and so is the ease of use. We tend to focus on the look. But a home is judged over time, and if it is not comfortable, it ages poorly. TIM BOYD PARTNER AND CO-FOUNDER, MICHAELIS BOYD The “sense of place” is generally a feeling of both people and objects fitting naturally into a space. It’s very important in interior design, especially in hotels, as you want not only guests but local residents to enjoy the spaces. WILLIAM LATOUR MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHAO We created something that’s not a duplication of a model, and it’s unique in the world of hospitality. Customers today want to encounter a certain level of emotion; they want the experience to be relevant, and to…

3 min
a family portrait

The house rests on a slope and appears, from the west, to be simple – simple for its long, boxy form, its bare façade, its singular level. From the east, though, the view expands with an additional floor below; from the inside, it expands furthermore with the nuances of family life. Architect Asaf Gottesman hasn’t built a private residence in more than a decade, but this house was going to be special. Designed for a good friend and former client, the residence in Kfar Schmaryahu, a village in Tel Aviv, would be home to a family of four that has since grown to include twins. The minimalist structure is constructed with fair-faced concrete across 6,500sqft of land. Belonging to the grown-ups, the upper domain houses the master bedroom and an open-plan living and…

3 min
grey matters

When a European family of four — a married couple and their two grown children — decided it was time to settle in a larger property on Hong Kong island after more than five years, they chose a four-storey townhouse in Pok Fu Lam that came replete with a basement, a rooftop terrace for entertaining and dining al fresco, as well as unadulterated views of the city on one side and the ocean on the other. “We knew immediately that we really loved this place,” says the homeowner. After a successful negotiation, she immediately sought out interior designer Peggy Bels, whose previous project in the Mid-Levels she had come across and felt a connection to. “In the beginning we only wanted to do two bathrooms, but it started here and…

2 min
the one to watch

The future looks bright for Kelvin Kong, the promising young architect whose entry to the inaugural BoConcept Awards 2018 has been selected as the winning design. Created to engage and discover design talent in Hong Kong, the BoConcept Awards promotes a spirit of creativity and excellence that embodies BoConcept’s approach to interior design. BoConcept is honoured to award exceptional design that celebrates modern living at its finest. Here, we get to know the Cornell-and Harvard-trained design talent and discover the concept behind his design. When did you realise you wanted to pursue architecture and design? I’ve always liked art as a kid. I used to take pencil sketching lessons every weekend when I was growing up in Hong Kong, and I still remember getting up early every Saturday to sketch. In…