Who? She's the 42-year-old Scottish designer behind many of Hong Kong's bars and restaurants, including the new Tuscany By H (bottom right), The Cavern, Wildfire, C Club, Baci, Cafe de Paris and Cafe Einstein. What's her story? She spent the first 15 years of her life in Bangkok, before finishing her education at boarding school in Britain. She gained a design degree from the Glasgow College of Building and Printing before heading to London, where she spent the next few years designing retail spaces for clients such as Burton Group, British Shoe Corporation and the London Underground. She arrived in Hong Kong in 1990 with no job, a rucksack and the clothes on her back. Failed in London, try Hong Kong? 'That's not me,' insists Jamieson. Britain's retail slump at the end of the 1980s left her out of a job and it was this that spurred her to return to Asia - a plan she'd hatched years before. After a brief stint with a local firm, she went solo and established Drum Design, picking up clients such as Guess Jeans, Timex and Fendi. Why bars and restaurants? With a background in retail, Jamieson says the hospitality industry was a natural progression. Among her first clients in Hong Kong was Ninetyseven Group, the restaurant company behind the former El Pomposo and Petticoat Lane, just off Hollywood Road, both of which Jamieson worked on. She describes group founder Christian Rhomberg as creative and unconventional - a trademark of many of her clients. 'My jigsaw pieces don't fit and I like the unconventional. My [local] clients have always been unconventional; there's nothing corporate about them.' Tuscany By H - isn't that where Va Bene used to be? 'I was conscious this used to be [Italian restaurant] Va Bene and it was quite a high-profile task for me. I had to follow my instincts but at the same time try to shut out any pressure in terms of what the space was used for before. Every job has potential criticism written all over it.' So what did she do? Jamieson had to satisfy the client and maximise his business yet stay true to her vision and style. The brief from owner Harlan Goldstein called for a mixture of old and new. The native New Yorker wanted clients to feel relaxed in his restaurant. Her response was to give him blueberry-purple walls. 'There are some very straight lines, which is a little unusual for me, so there's the metal scroll work above the windows, which is my antithesis to the straight lines. They're derived from the fact many Italian buildings have metalwork on the outside and there's something vine-like about the idea.'