Editor's Note

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 November, 2007, 12:00am

When it comes to putting together an issue that revolves around Design & Living, one can't help but ponder the perennial question: what constitutes great design? In short, great design should embody the highest possible creative standards but more importantly - beyond the superficial - exceptional design should serve to facilitate our daily lives. With this in mind, this issue of STYLE brings you the works of some of the most innovative luminaries of modern design.

The name Zaha Hadid conjures up images of radical concepts and signature architecture. As the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, Hadid has created spectacular buildings all over the world and her sinuous spaces rarely fail to astonish. Intense, avant garde and theoretically influential, her works have defined her as one of the architectural heavyweights of our generation and a fearless, contemporary artist. Here, she talks to Francesca Fearon about her latest project with luxury label Chanel (to be unveiled in Hong Kong in January) and her latest work in Guangzhou and London.

Dubbed one of the rising stars in design, Arik Levy's work exudes timeless appeal. With his vast portfolio that ranges from furniture for Vitra, watches for Seiko to projects for Roger Vivier and Baccarat, Levy's quest for innovation never ceases. We track down some of his memorable projects in this issue's Evolution.

The creativity of LA-based fashion designer Sue Wong extends beyond the fashion runway. As one of Hollywood's favourite red-carpet designers, Wong is known for her glamorous aesthetics and ornate details. Her home, The Cedars, lives up to Wong's creative reputation. Here, she takes Kavita Daswani on a guided tour of her majestic mansion.

A well-designed home such as Wong's offers dwellers a peaceful sanctuary to unwind. Likewise, as Jennifer Cardenas finds out, a well-designed work space can boost motivation and staff morale. We check out some of the coolest offices around the world and talk to some of the city's design experts to find out how to liven up mundane office spaces.

Last but not least, our hit list and design shoot are packed with quirky items for the home. And for those on the lookout for even more inspiration, November 27 sees the start of Business of Design Week in Hong Kong where some of the world's design A-listers convene to discuss the value of good design.

Carmen Li

Associate Editor