Haunts: Danny Cheng

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 May, 2007, 12:00am

Toronto-educated Danny Cheng Ping-kwan is behind dozens of residential design projects in Hong Kong. He set up Element Design in 1996 with colleagues before launching Danny Cheng Interiors.

Favourite furniture source

'I shop a lot via the internet, for example at www.iflighting.com and www.ligne-roset.com. The price lists are laid out clearly. You can get unique stuff and the decisions you make are more rational than when you're at a shop. But you have to be imaginative. One out of 10 times, I'm disappointed when the item arrives.'

Favourite item at home

'My Bang & Olufsen Beo Sound 9000. Placed horizontally or vertically, it's still an artwork. What's unique is that, when the player stops, the CD comes to rest exactly the same way you loaded it.'

Favourite living designer

'I don't know enough designers in the world. But in Hong Kong, it would be Steve Leung. His works have substance. They give you fantasy without being flamboyant. You can easily recognise his style.'

Favourite design magazine

'D+A from Singapore. It features a good selection of houses - as opposed to apartments. They're simple and cosy, not like some over-designed Hong Kong homes.'

Design no-no

'Furniture with curves. I just don't like curves. I have two young children and my wife suggested we replace our rectangular table with a round one. I wouldn't. I'd rather teach the kids how to avoid sharp corners. Rectangles and squares carry a sense of proportion.'

Where do you find inspiration?

'I read a lot. The books don't have to be about interior design. If you want to design a table, you don't just read magazines about tables. You can draw inspiration from other beautiful things.'

What tops your wish list?

'A bigger garage. I'd paint the interior grey because all my cars are black. A white interior would create too much contrast and black would camouflage the cars.'



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