Running a successful interior design firm is no easy task, and this around-the-clock commitment requires an equal dedication to the finer things in life as a healthy counterbalance.
That’s the formula that Hong Kong-based interior designer Danny Cheng has settled upon with the design of his 4,000-sq-ft secluded holiday home in Yuen Long.
The three-storey house is impressive in its proportions, encompassing three living rooms, four bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a pebble garden dotted with Indian almond trees. Arguably the heart of the home is the garage, whose two doors prominently feature on the front facade of the building and denote its elevated status.
The garage houses Danny’s prized car collection, and transitions seamlessly into a living room so that they are never hidden from sight regardless of whether the designer is relaxing or entertaining friends. The avid motorist also enjoys tinkering with his mechanical beauties, and the minimalist interior of the garage-cum-living room is more than conducive to his focusing his attention on this most valued of pursuits.
Much like these automative works of art, Danny’s personal art and sculpture collection are tastefully scattered throughout the premises, and carefully placed to channel the aesthetic of each individual room – these include a particularly striking chrome-plated sculpture by artist Danny Lee that oozes down from the ceiling to form a puddle, creating a unique relationship between the art and its surrounding environment.
The abode’s purpose as a weekend retreat allowed a greater freedom in designing the floor plan to suit the requirements of Danny’s free time. To create visual interest, he also staggered the floors at different heights. The designer’s approach to furnishing the interior was just as free-wheeling, combining mass-produced IKEA pieces with European-made sofas of his own design as long as they displayed a synergy with the environment.
For more automobile-centred homes, check out artist Simon Birch’s multi-storey car park-turned-home replete with a car turntable.
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