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Store de force: Grange Interiors

The Wong Chuk Hang outlet specialises in unique and unusual European goods, writes Candace Campos

 

Grange Interiors is situated in Wong Chuk Hang, an industrial neighbourhood and up-and-coming design hub. Owned by Catherine Taylor, a banking-industry veteran who was inspired to change careers after refurbishing her listed Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, the homeware store brings traditional European artistry to Hong Kong. Taylor specialises in hunting down unusual items.

Why did you open the store? “I wanted to bring something to Hong Kong that wasn’t here before. During trips to Europe I became interested in the independent design studios that still produce in Europe. I’m sort of doing the reverse of retailers that manufacture in Asia. I’m bringing [to Hong Kong] things I’m passionate about from where I grew up, in Scotland. Everything I carry is made in France or the United Kingdom – not just designed in Europe. It’s important to me that everything is individual and unique.”

How do you source and choose the items you stock? “I primarily source from trips back home to the United Kingdom and Europe. I also plan to attend trade fairs such as Maison & Objet in Paris that are not run-of-the-mill. They have some very quirky things. A lot of the ranges are not from big production runs. I focus on items with unique or quirky designs that help customers individualise a home.”

Describe your ideal manufacturer. “I’m interested in designers using traditional craftsmanship skills to keep their trade alive. There’s a set of French table linens I carry that are hand-woven on looms they’ve used for generations. I also have a range of linens from London entirely hand-printed with a selection of eclectic British-inspired designs including stags, partridges and rabbits.”

What are your signature pieces? “The Marie Daage hand-painted Limoges china, which is a range of giftware and dinnerservice ware. A great thing about the collection is that it comes in 47 colours. You can individualise your table for a dinner party by mixing colour and designs [patterns and stripes]. Also our Timorous Beasties cushions from Scotland are quite special. They come with funky and unconventional, edgy designs. They lure you into thinking they are twee, only to find [that on closer inspection] that’s not the case. The wallpapers are attention grabbing and also work well on smaller features, such as a headboard. The range of occasional chairs are handcrafted in the UK by British craftsmen. They can be bought as is or customised with a choice of fabric and paint colour.”

What is your price range? “There is something for everyone. Our French glassware starts at HK$70 and our French table linens from HK$750. Our specialist products [include] the hand-painted Limoges porcelain range from HK$600 a piece and our upholstered occasional chairs sell for HK$9,500 to HK$14,000. The chairs are hand-crafted, and fully sprung.”

 

Grange Interiors is at 3/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, tel: 2110 4814; www.grangeinteriors.com.hk.

 

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