Discover the tunes that fuel these designers' imagination...
Music has the remarkable ability to evoke emotions and create an atmosphere like no other art form. Appreciating this unique power, we asked some of Hong Kong's top interior designers to share their favourite music. And for a dose of chaotic inspiration, we've even curated a playlist of these song suggestions – along with a few additional picks from Home Journal's Editors.
Lawrence Chan, Stay Living
The theme song from the series "Long Vacation" inspires my designs. Its soft, relaxing, and joyful rhythm prompts me to create designs that evoke similar emotions. The environmental sounds in the theme inspire me to consider how to blend natural elements like plants or water features into my designs.
Frankie Hui, east interiors
I often find inspiration in alternative rock music from the likes of Oasis, Radiohead, and Beach House. Sometimes, instrumental soundtracks without lyrics provide a purer musical texture that influences my design process. Alongside practicality and functionality, I consider the visual harmony of soft decor, colour schemes, and proportions. These subtle details significantly influence the overall design.
Paul Li, ARCHIVAL
As designers, we find inspiration in the most unexpected places. We recently stumbled upon Eternal Eclipse’s “Journey North”, which immediately reminded us of the sense of adventure and spirit we should embody in anything we embark on. We strive to approach our designs in a similar way, evoking the same excitement and sense of adventure through crafting unique and tangible realities from the narratives and lives of our clients.
Saipen Ng, L Vogue Design
I’ve recently been listening to Japanese group YOASOBI. Their music blends pop, electronic, and traditional Japanese music elements that are unique in their own right. Their lyrics touch on life and societal themes, inspiring me to explore the possibility of different design styles. Music and design are both art forms that demand thinking outside the box in order to create exceptional work.
Josephine Kung, Smart Interiors
During the design process, I often surround myself with calming, harmonious music to maintain a relaxed and creative mindset. I see design as a journey beyond aesthetics and functionality—it should also imbue spaces with a sense of calm and tranquillity.
Tommy Choi, Tommy Choi Designs
My primary inspiration comes from everyday life, human interactions, and the insights shared over a glass of wine. Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata also evokes special feelings in me.
Penny Chan, RainySky Interiors
My designs draw inspiration from various sources, including daily life experiences and observations. Different encounters and interactions will spark new ideas and perspectives. I find solace and clarity in listening to jazz music. The soothing melodies of jazz help me cultivate a calm and focused mindset, which enhances my creative thinking and idea-generation process. The fusion of real-life experiences and artistic influences allows me to create unique and compelling designs.
Brian Chan, Facade Interior Design
I listen to Chopin every time I need to squeeze out some inspiration. I love the elegance he brings to us.
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