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Home Journal September 2020

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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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
escape and breathe

How are we in September already? With only three months till the end of 2020, many of us, I imagine, anticipate coming to the end of what seems to be the most surreal of times. We long for the days when our sense of normalcy can be restored. But until that happens, it’s with resilience and perseverance that we continue to carry on and try to find the light. To this context, good design is a wondrous thing, being able to solve problems, elevate the senses and our surroundings. The great nature is the other half of this ensemble, uplifting our souls and driving our well-being in the most essential of ways. Our cover feature this month (Pg 42) is the amalgamation of these elements in full force. Located in the…

4 min.
enlighten shine bright

Add a soft glow to your residence with Kelly Wearstler’s sculptural lights. A delicate marriage of organic silhouettes and architectural forms, each light fixture is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship and exceptional performance. Ranging from table lamps, pendants, to sconces and floor lights, each design is curated to transform ambience and lift your mood. kellywearstler.com ARTISTIC MINDS FEED YOUR CREATIVE SOUL AT THIS NEW ART EXHIBITION Gallery HZ is putting on an exhibition titled “PERSONA” to breathe life back into the city’s stagnant art scene over the past few months. Featuring a list of 13 artists from Hong Kong and other parts of the world, the show explores how people are coping with the fastchanging world filled with uncertainly through a vibrant mix of mediums and styles. galleryhz.com MARS ODDITY Not your typical cabinet, this striking Break…

2 min.
timeless allure

The key to realizing a space that feels simultaneously effortless in chic and elegace is a delicate balance. While adding sophisticated appointments and decorative details to an existing setting will undoubtedly up the glam factor, it’s important to leave plenty of room to move and breathe. Make sure to keep your fixtures and fittings streamlined for uncluttered surfaces. Layer your interiors with art pieces and complementary colours to enrich the timeless style. Pair a statement piece with items such as a coffee table, an exquisite floor lamp, thriving plants, and easy accessories like throws and cushions to add a riot of pattern and colour to your home without overwhelming the senses. Stick to a neutral palette - think greys, whites and beiges as your backdrop to form a united open…

4 min.
timeless comforts

Founded by entrepreneur Adah Chan, sustainable homeware company Baea looks to the natural world for both design inspiration and materials. The brand is based on the steadfast belief that tranquillity can be achieved by bringing elements of nature indoors. Since part of being sustainable is making things that last, Baea prioritises the outstanding quality that comes with the skill and tradition of excellent artisanship. To do so, they partner with expert communities in Italy, Portugal, Mexico and the Philippines. The subtle details in Baea’s bed linen reflect the grace and simplicity of the environment, with the hand-drawn quality of the embroidery resembling rocks worn by the elements and the erratic array of seed heads on stalks of grass. Before setting out to build the homeware line, Adah, who is the third…

3 min.
fashionable flair

The chance to work with a building in a medieval town doesn’t come around every day. So when the Barcelona-based architecture firm EL EQUIPO CREATIVO was given the opportunity to work on the Kimpton Vividora Hotel at the Gothic Centre – the oldest parts of Barcelona dating back to the 14th century – they conjured up a space that can “bring the city and the neighbourhood naturally into the project”, says Natali Canas del Pozo, partner and creative director of the firm. The client brief was simple: to create a hotel with a local approach, handcrafted and custom-designed with unique spaces that reflect Barcelona’s lifestyle and architecture. With this in mind, the firm curated the bar area on the ground floor by taking as its inspiration the medieval charm of the Gothic…

6 min.
the great escape

“THERE IS A PART OF THE ENGLISH SOUL THAT SEEMS TO BE CAPTIVATED BY COUNTRY LIFE” “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment,” wrote the famous English writer Jane Austen in Mansfield Park. This aptly depicts Hong Kong-based Amanda and Stephen Clark’s summer holidays at Seend Manor, their sprawling 28-acre estate in Wiltshire, South West England. “There is a part of the English soul that seems to be captivated by country life. Gardening is an obsession that crosses all ages and social classes,” says Amanda. When The Clarks purchased the Grade II listed Georgian house and surrounding gardens in 1998 in the quaint village of Seend, extensive restoration work was required on the historic property and grounds. Built in 1767 of…