Area-17 take a break from retail spaces to design their first residence in Hong Kong
Layers and Textures Punch Up this Functional Family Home in Kowloon
By Beverly Cheng
There is always a first time for everything.
In the case of designers Paolo Gianelli and Giovanna Imbimbo of Area-17, their initial residential project in Hong Kong involved remodelling a three-storey flat in Kowloon. Partners in life and business, Paolo and Giovanna have worked on countless retail spaces in Hong Kong and China, and they have designed a number of residences in their native Italy. But despite their experience, the pair had never faced the many challenges and benefits involved with residential work in Hong Kong, and they certainly met with their fair share of ups and downs. Scroll through the gallery below (Photography: Edgar Tapan; Styling: Tessa Matthews) to experience the elegant interiors: