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Home Journal May 2021

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
a picture of beauty

Aworkplace is more than a place to work, it can also be a place to hold memories and to entertain with panache, as this four-storey office demonstrates. Setting foot in Robert Lam’s office space on Hong Kong Island, one is immediately taken by its distinctive character and charm, redefining the conventional idea of what an “office” should look like. Lam, who established himself in the 1970s as one of the most prominent celebrity portrait photographers in Hong Kong, imagined himself as a painter at a younger age. But “you create art more efficiently with the help of a camera”, he says half-jokingly. So he turned to photography and later founded his own printing company – Robertlam Color Photobition – focusing on outdoor ads. Headquartered in this spacious Hong Kong office, the company has also…

1 min
editor’s pick

01. ROCHE BOBOIS The CORAIL table by Roche Bobois is a perfect injection of style for the living room that doubles as a work of art. The table’s base is made from 3D-printed concrete that is fully customisable, allowing customers to choose the twisting and weaving effects of the base to their own liking. 02. TREE American designer Dawn Sweitzer infuses her childhood memories of Ohio, and her many adventures around the globe, to the design of the Voyage home accessories collection, marked by slimline silhouettes and eclectic patterns. 03. BOCONCEPT Add a dose of character to your home with this set of Burly vases and Hemisphere bowls, meticulously hand-carved to achieve an organic look that re-emphasises the beauty of natural materials. FOR MORE PRODUCTS AND IDEAS, VISIT HOMEJOURNAL.COM AND FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @HOMEJOURNAL…

2 min
art on every corner

Brooklyn is by far the most multicultural city in New York City. With early immigrants pouring in from Eastern Europe and the Caribbean, they mixed and matched a unique atmosphere in the area. With more and more artists flocking into Brooklyn looking for a quality life and room for creativity, the city, as a carrier of culture, offers exactly what they need – essential space for them to speak their mind, and explore and create their art. KAWS WHAT PARTY: EXPLORING 25 YEARS OF ART Brooklyn-based artist KAWS has made it onto the global art scene with his signature character, Companion. From his studio to the streets of Brooklyn, KAWS (Brian Donnelly) initiates a conversation with his audience with his graffiti work and “manipulating” commercials – that is, painting over and parodying them. He…

1 min
no.33 park row

LOCATION: Manhattan, New York Residential Centurion Real Estate Partners is unveiling a residential project that sits across the street from City Hall Park in Downtown Manhattan, designed by London-based architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Named No. 33 Park Row, the property is the firm’s first residential project in New York City. Slated for launch this spring, No. 33 Park Row will offer 30 one to five-bedroom residences and penthouses, many with private outdoor spaces. A tribute to the neighbourhood’s history, the building takes design cues from Downtown Manhattan’s commercial buildings from the industrial era, such as massive windows, decorative copper screen fins around the balconies and terraces, as well as distinctive dark steel framing on the façade. The building’s exterior features Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ signature copper screen fins that liken…

5 min
inside the world of nft art

“We just sold our first NFT yesterday!” It’s early April, and Hannah Szabo—partner to urban artist and designer Gustav Szabo, who goes by the moniker Szabotage—is telling me about their first sale on OpenSea, the digital marketplace for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens, also known as NFTs. “For $69 million!” Szabotage says. “Just kidding – we sold it for one Ether.” He’s referring to the cryptocurrency Ether, which runs on the Ethereum blockchain. On the day of his artwork’s transaction, that Ether was roughly equivalent to US$1,967. Not bad for a work of art that no longer exists, at least not in the physical form. Titled “Hong Kong on my Mind”, the black and white piece depicts a face with the Hong Kong skyline emerging from its head. The Brighton-born artist, who moved from…

2 min
state of the art

Welcome to our special art issue. Art in all its forms can not only reflect our personality and vision, but it can also offer a window into our soul. This issue salutes showstopping and thought-provoking art and designs that are made to shatter stereotypes, uplift our spirits, and empower us all to lead a more meaningful life. Our cover honour goes to art specialist Jonathan Crockett, chairman of Asia at Phillips, who keeps pushing the boundaries of contemporary art to help the 100-year-old auction house reach new heights. The art specialist offered us a rare glimpse into an eclectic collection of contemporary artwork at his home residence, and a masterclass of what art is supposed to be. Further inspiring abodes in this issue include a zen-filled dwelling in Suzhou fitted with a “shrine”…