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Home Journal November 2020

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.

Hong Kong SAR China
Tatler Asia Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the new norm

Lessons learnt from 2020 and the long periods of social distancing have undoubtedly made all of us reflect on both a personal and global level. What matters, what doesn’t and how do we recalibrate our current norms and practices to adapt to the new, all the while ensuring our actions and our work is filled with purpose and meaning. Ed Bakos, the CEO of Champalimaud Design recently said, “We need to find the soul in what we are doing. This is a moment ripe for invention.” Like every industry, the interiors and design sector has been rocked with challenges, yet we have observed so many take this time as an opportunity to reset, revamp and subsequently, restore hope. As Soo K. Chan, architect and founder of SCDA stated, “I think we…

3 min
the legendary address

Kadoorie Hill is not just any upscale district in town. The residential area is associated with the Kadoorie family dating back to the 1930s, when Sir Elly Kadoorie, a Jewish business tycoon active in Hong Kong and Shanghai, bought what was then a barren hillside in 1931 and, over time, turned it into one of the most prestige addresses in the city filled with stand-alone homes and bungalows – known as the Kadoorie Hill. The locality has been drawing industry leaders and low-profile established families alike to put down roots. While residences at Kadoorie Hill are known for their not-for-sale policy, most tenants choose to stay for decades, having formed an exceptional community that makes Kadoorie Hill the acme of luxury living. Secluded yet connected, Kadoorie Hill has long been hailed…

4 min

ETERNAL FLAME Give your space a refreshing breeze with Diptyque’s wall diffuser. The compact device fills your home with bespoke perfuming via flameless scent diffusion technology, immersing your senses in ethereal ambience with minimal effort. The artistic surface in gold tone naturally blends the plug-in scent diffuser into your existing decorative scheme too. diptyqueparis.com ART IS ALL AROUND Italian Cultural Institute is staging two solo exhibitions to welcome the festive season. From now until 21 November, the “Stone Talk” show at gallery Rossi & Rossi showcases a collection of photographs by Italian artist Elisa Sighicelli, which scrutinise overlooked details of museum interiors and of artworks in a number of institution collections. Meanwhile, the “Nosy” show at the Novalis Contemporary Art Design Gallery by Italian artist Valentina Loffredo is a multi-media project that features…

2 min
clean slate

Tempted to make a slight transformation to your space but not quite ready to go full force for a thorough makeover yet? Try bringing in transparent decorative elements to accentuate a modern, minimalist look. The elegant addition works perfectly in both industrial and classic settings for streamlined simplicity. To evoke a sought-after appeal of freedom and spaciousness, think delicate appointments finished in plexiglass or methacrylate, translucent textiles and steel fittings. These visually pleasing items will not only help expand the living space, but also reflect natural light to brighten up dull corners and nooks. Staple pieces such as chairs and tables in sculptural form will add depth and ignite conversations for special occasions, while transparent knick-knacks will create a less-cluttered look and guide the eye to explore more of the…

4 min
the world is your oyster

Lim + Lu is an award-winning inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Hong Kong (initiated in New York City), co-founded by graduates of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu. Partners in work and in life, this dynamic duo work internationally to provide architecture, interior, branding, furniture, and product design services, where they are inspired by the everyday and push the trend of individualization by presenting flexibility, practicality and a breath of fresh air to every project. Thank you for the award. It really is an honour being recognized as Emerging Designer of the Year and it means a lot to us. We’re currently working on different projects, in different scales. One of the more exciting ones is a 300-room serviced apartment in Tianjin, which is a milestone…

9 min
fabulous 40

It’s no easy feat to arrive at 40 years in the industry. But Home Journal hit this milestone in October last month, marking 479 issues since the brand and publication was first conceived in 1980. In recent years, our advancement in digital assets, capabilities and innovative platforms have enabled us to enhance the brand’s vivid, inspirational stories and practical solutions, bringing to life this essential content from print to online to create seamless experiences for our readership. As such, Home Journal continues to strive as the most beloved and influential media in homes, design and lifestyle in Hong Kong and regionally, and our 40th anniversary event – A Classic in the Digital Age – marked this occasion in fine style. Presented as a digital event to adhere to the current climate,…