A pair of lawyers brings their travel experiences into their new 1,166-sq.ft. home atop Mid-levels.
When Hong Kong lawyers Raymond and Joyce pinned an interiors project done by Hintegro on the newspaper, they knew the design studio would be the perfect choice to help craft their dream home. They eventually did, five years later.
“I must admit that our design brief was vague. We only showed Keith Chan [Design Director of Hintegro] a couple of our favourite projects and we knew we like Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, but that was all,” Joyce recalls. So it’s up to Hintegro to come up with a design scheme that the couple returning from Australia would be happy with.
The couple, who has a four-year-old baby son, craved for a brighter wall colour in the living area for a mid-century modern look. Joyce was thinking about a punchy yellow palette she came across in a Scandinavian café, which then was used in the living area.
As an amateur vintage furniture collector, Joyce also sourced a vintage armchair by female Danish designer Grete Jalk from a shop in Taiwan, which she perched on either side of the Samsung The Frame TV screen. Unlike quintessential Hong Kong homes, the couple wanted to cultivate interactions and conversations at the living room, instead of just a space where people lounge and watch TV.
The balcony is one of their favourite corners for family activities like alfresco dining and beach party. Connecting the kitchen from the front door to the heart of the apartment, a corridor doubles as a travel memory lane: inspired by functional mudrooms with spaces for wet umbrellas, bikes and shoes, the mosaic tiles emulate a decorative runner and brighten the space.
“We saw some colourful coat hooks while living in an Airbnb in New York and took pictures for home design ideas. We included it in our new home to inject some fun and colours for our family and kid,” Joyce says.
In the master bedroom, the design team painted the wall near the headboard in navy blue for a stylish but not overwhelming touch. At the entrance to the walk-in closet, the arched sliding door brings a little twist to the resting space.
As all parents know, children always grow up fast so the kid’s bedroom is designed in such a way that can cope with the different development stages of their son. The open-plan space has no built-in furniture and there’re spare plug sockets for studying zones in the future. Perhaps most amazingly, the design was able to present the floor plans of how the room may look like 5, 10 and even 15 years later.
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