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Home Journal November 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

4 min
deep roots

The famed Belgian antiques and art dealer Axel Vervoordt was only 21 when he stumbled upon a shrouded medieval alleyway in the heart of Antwerp. Lined with historic houses collectively known as the Vlaeykensgang, Axel and his wife bought and restored 11 of them, one by one. Half a century later, his son, Boris Vervoordt, the founder of the Axel Vervoordt Gallery (which established its first outpost in Hong Kong in 2014), resides on the same nestled lane in a 16th-century former coffee warehouse. Laden with curated contemporary artworks and personal touches, his father’s distinct sensibilities – minimalist, with a zen-like serenity rooted in the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic that appreciates the raw and the imperfect – permeate every corner of the abode. “Like my father, I also have a fascination with old…

3 min
imperceptible twists

What might a New York City condo, a private residence in Shanghai and an early-20th century hotel in Paris have in common? If they’re grand in stature and eclectic in influences, yet cohesive in design, it’s likely they’ve been designed by Cyril Vergniol, the French interior designer who manages to keep a low profile while his name floats around in conversations among the gilded class, especially among those looking to spruce up their private abodes. Cyril’s talents lie in marrying a variety of artistic influences to create spaces with bold character. He was among the interior designers to work on the renovation of the esteemed Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, where he updated guest rooms to reflect the 18th-century building’s grandeur while incorporating contemporary furnishings. Recently in New York, Cyril was…

2 min
out of the woods

A large, sinuously elegant table and two sets of chairs recently captivated the spotlight at this year’s Fine Art Asia. Unveiled for the first time at the event, they were the works of eminent British industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, who joined hands with art furniture company Ji Qing Tang (founded by Charles Leung) on this contemporary collection of wooden furniture titled Lifeform. Crafted purely by hand from three types of wood, the series evokes the organic sensibility and naturalistic, intelligent beauty that imbue the Welsh-born master’s work, all the while celebrating the best of traditional Chinese craftsmanship. Ross chats with us about his partnership and friendship with Charles, which began with a chance encounter. I met Charles Leung at the Grand Palais in Paris three years ago. We discussed how handicrafts…

1 min
art of authenticity

Is wabi-sabi the next hygge? It would seem so, as the modern men – NCDA’s principal Nelson Chow and Axel Vervoordt Gallery‘s founder and curator, Boris Vervoordt – starring in this issue reveal through their sentiments and jaw dropping interiors. The essence of the wabi-sabi style is finding the beauty in imperfection, grounding oneself by forming a deep connection to the earth and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Above all, it centres around recognising the importance of authenticity in all aspects of one‘s life. Whether you’re a proponent or not, this philosophy is a great starting point to apply to your interiors, with the main mantras being: to use natural materials, keep things simple and embrace imperfections. This issue is jam packed with style, with a strong focus on a…

1 min

1. CHRISTMAS PICKS We round up a selection of holiday gift ideas fit for different tastes and budgets for your special ones. 2. NEW LEASE OF LIFE Shanghai-based design and development studio STUDIO8 reimagined a refreshing visual identity and designs for Cloud Hotel in Mogan Mountain. 3. MARK YOUR CALENDARS November is brimming with cultural interest, including a pop-up showcasing new works by Stephan Balkenhol and Andreas Eriksson. 4. GOOD NEIGHBOURS Co-living spaces are giving traditional hotels and residences a run for their money. We tour some of Asia’s most beautiful shared hubs to understand why. 5. LIGHT AS A FEATHER Japanese design studio nendo realised a series of minimalist home appliances adorned with the lovely characters from Korea’s messenger application Kakao Talk. Visit our website at homejournal.com Like us on Facebook @homejournal Follow us on Instagram @homejournal Join us on Pinterest @homejournal Stephan…

1 min
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To start your 1-year subscription (12 issues) at a special offer of just $486, visit our online subscription centre at www.edipressemedia.com. Mobile and tablet editions are available via Magzter, Zinio and PressReader digital magazine stores. To subscribe please call +852 2859 4341 (Ref: HJ1911N) or email hkcirc@edipressemedia.com. Offer closes on 30/11/2019. Offer valid for subscribers in Hong Kong & Macau only. Please allow 28 days for the delivery of your first issue. Full subscription rate at $540 for 12 issues. Home Journal is a publication of Edipresse Media Hong Kong.…