Catherine Shaw

Catherine Shaw

Catherine Shaw is an independent architecture, design and art critic and the author of the Wallpaper* Tokyo City Guide.

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Shigeru Ban-designed boutique hotel challenges notions of luxury hospitality

Shishi-Iwa House is a 10-room timber building nestled among trees in the Japanese mountain resort of Karuizawa. Its design embodies the idea of social hospitality – about guests spending time together, yet retaining their privacy.

18 May 2019 - 9:19PM

Shishi-Iwa House is a 10-room timber building nestled among trees in the Japanese mountain resort of Karuizawa. Its design embodies the idea of social hospitality – about guests spending time together, yet retaining their privacy.

Shigeru Ban-designed boutique hotel challenges notions of luxury hospitality
How Japanese textile designer Reiko Sudo took the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo back to nature

Sudo used hand-embroidered headboards, nature-inspired carpets and brocade with ‘Woods and Water’ as a theme. The designer is committed to promoting Japanese artisans and craftsmen.

24 Apr 2019 - 6:00PM

Sudo used hand-embroidered headboards, nature-inspired carpets and brocade with ‘Woods and Water’ as a theme. The designer is committed to promoting Japanese artisans and craftsmen.

How Japanese textile designer Reiko Sudo took the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo back to nature
At Shè restaurant, food, fashion and people come together in an elegant oasis

Mesa Nopakun, of Bangkok-based studio Dot Line Plane, talks about designing the contemporary Chinese restaurant located inside the Lane Crawford store in IFC Mall, Central.

12 Apr 2019 - 1:46PM

Mesa Nopakun, of Bangkok-based studio Dot Line Plane, talks about designing the contemporary Chinese restaurant located inside the Lane Crawford store in IFC Mall, Central.

At Shè restaurant, food, fashion and people come together in an elegant oasis
‘I don’t like the idea of luxury for luxury’s sake’, says British designer Timothy Oulton

The British interior design giant reveals why he moved production to China and how the material always comes before the design

26 Dec 2018 - 4:32PM

The British interior design giant reveals why he moved production to China and how the material always comes before the design

‘I don’t like the idea of luxury for luxury’s sake’, says British designer Timothy Oulton
UCCA Dune: China’s new art gallery inside a sand dune is architectural masterpiece

The subterranean space joins the world’s ‘loneliest library’ and a striking concrete chapel as standout structures on an otherwise quiet beach in Hebei province

1 Dec 2018 - 12:45PM

The subterranean space joins the world’s ‘loneliest library’ and a striking concrete chapel as standout structures on an otherwise quiet beach in Hebei province

UCCA Dune: China’s new art gallery inside a sand dune is architectural masterpiece
From Studio 54 to Shanghai Bund, hotelier sticks to tried and tested, winning formula

Glamour and glitter are givens wherever New York club legend Ian Schrager opens a hotel, and the Shanghai Edition is no exception; but there, and at his other China hotel, he’s made some astute cultural adjustments.

2 Dec 2018 - 7:10PM

Glamour and glitter are givens wherever New York club legend Ian Schrager opens a hotel, and the Shanghai Edition is no exception; but there, and at his other China hotel, he’s made some astute cultural adjustments.

From Studio 54 to Shanghai Bund, hotelier sticks to tried and tested, winning formula
How Hong Kong interior designer eschews trends in favour of dramatic designs filled with humour

Kinney Chan, who in 1996, upon returning to Hong Kong from Britain, launched his eponymous studio specialising in restaurants and bars, likes to create original art pieces for his projects

29 Nov 2018 - 8:37AM

Kinney Chan, who in 1996, upon returning to Hong Kong from Britain, launched his eponymous studio specialising in restaurants and bars, likes to create original art pieces for his projects

How Hong Kong interior designer eschews trends in favour of dramatic designs filled with humour
Inside a former Hong Kong resident’s art-filled home in stylish Auckland suburb, Parnell

Fresh modern furnishings and plenty of natural light allow the artworks in Belinda Corder-Kruger’s flat to take pride of place

13 Sep 2018 - 4:53PM

Fresh modern furnishings and plenty of natural light allow the artworks in Belinda Corder-Kruger’s flat to take pride of place

Inside a former Hong Kong resident’s art-filled home in stylish Auckland suburb, Parnell
How a Hong Kong designer turns trash into treasure – just don’t call it upcycling

AManchester-born Francis Kirstein, owner of design studio Tectonihks, talks about creating one-of-a-kind furnishings with salvaged wood and metal

16 Aug 2018 - 12:30PM

AManchester-born Francis Kirstein, owner of design studio Tectonihks, talks about creating one-of-a-kind furnishings with salvaged wood and metal

How a Hong Kong designer turns trash into treasure – just don’t call it upcycling
A retail space that looks like your living room: how British studio is transforming interiors

Tina Norden, the London-based director of Conran and Partners, explains why the design studio chose Hong Kong for its first office outside Britain

14 Jul 2018 - 12:15PM

Tina Norden, the London-based director of Conran and Partners, explains why the design studio chose Hong Kong for its first office outside Britain

A retail space that looks like your living room: how British studio is transforming interiors
Why a Brazilian designer finds Hong Kong so inspiring it drives him ‘crazy’

THumberto Campana, who has been creating quirky furniture, clothing and lighting with his brother Fernando for 25 years, on how to keep the mind fertile and creative

28 Jun 2018 - 12:31PM

THumberto Campana, who has been creating quirky furniture, clothing and lighting with his brother Fernando for 25 years, on how to keep the mind fertile and creative

Why a Brazilian designer finds Hong Kong so inspiring it drives him ‘crazy’
How the Zaha Hadid-designed Morpheus hotel in Macau found solutions to an unusual set of challenges

The Morpheus hotel’s futuristic-looking design – which boasts the world’s first free-form exoskeleton – has carved out its own distinctive visual identity, while accommodating 780 ultra-luxurious hotel rooms and a VIP casino

18 Jun 2018 - 3:25PM

The Morpheus hotel’s futuristic-looking design – which boasts the world’s first free-form exoskeleton – has carved out its own distinctive visual identity, while accommodating 780 ultra-luxurious hotel rooms and a VIP casino

How the Zaha Hadid-designed Morpheus hotel in Macau found solutions to an unusual set of challenges
Inside a Hong Kong interior designer’s bold flat, which serves as a canvas for new ideas

Melbourne-born Aviva Duncan uses her Mid-Levels’ home as a canvas for new ideas

13 Jun 2018 - 6:32PM

Melbourne-born Aviva Duncan uses her Mid-Levels’ home as a canvas for new ideas

Inside a Hong Kong interior designer’s bold flat, which serves as a canvas for new ideas
Humour in design: furniture maker explains how wit helps creativity

Clark Bardsley, who recently created a window installation for fashion store COS’ pop-up in Hong Kong, tells us about his unique Arm chair

7 Jun 2018 - 3:16PM

Clark Bardsley, who recently created a window installation for fashion store COS’ pop-up in Hong Kong, tells us about his unique Arm chair

Humour in design: furniture maker explains how wit helps creativity
Furniture designers embrace sustainability at Milan Design Week, with 3Rs – reduce, reuse recycle – to the fore as much as 3D

From Philippe Starck to Timothy Oulton and Enrico Marone Cinzano, designers at the year’s most influential design event, the Salone del Mobile, showcased eco-friendly furniture solutions

2 May 2018 - 9:04PM

From Philippe Starck to Timothy Oulton and Enrico Marone Cinzano, designers at the year’s most influential design event, the Salone del Mobile, showcased eco-friendly furniture solutions

Furniture designers embrace sustainability at Milan Design Week, with 3Rs – reduce, reuse recycle – to the fore as much as 3D
How a spacious London house stole former Hong Kong residents’ hearts

Globetrotting Australian empty nesters were planning to downsize to a small London flat ... until they walked into this 5,000 sq ft light-filled house

18 Apr 2018 - 7:00PM

Globetrotting Australian empty nesters were planning to downsize to a small London flat ... until they walked into this 5,000 sq ft light-filled house

How a spacious London house stole former Hong Kong residents’ hearts
At Design Shanghai 2018, young Chinese designers show their global savvy with creative use of cultural traditions

Chinese designers are forging ahead with a new sense of confidence, savoir faire and respect for home-grown materials and craft techniques, as seen at this year’s Design Shanghai fair

3 Apr 2018 - 7:51PM

Chinese designers are forging ahead with a new sense of confidence, savoir faire and respect for home-grown materials and craft techniques, as seen at this year’s Design Shanghai fair

At Design Shanghai 2018, young Chinese designers show their global savvy with creative use of cultural traditions
How Hermès’ new Hong Kong flagship store got the local touch through ‘luxurious’ bamboo

You don’t need ‘bling’ to signal luxury, says Denis Montel, creative directorof RDAI, the Paris-based architecture agency that has designed the recently opened 9,000 sq ft store in Central

29 Mar 2018 - 2:05PM

You don’t need ‘bling’ to signal luxury, says Denis Montel, creative directorof RDAI, the Paris-based architecture agency that has designed the recently opened 9,000 sq ft store in Central

How Hermès’ new Hong Kong flagship store got the local touch through ‘luxurious’ bamboo
How to build the perfect hotel in China: Italian architect reveals his secrets to making a modern classic

When Piero Lissoni began designing The Middle House hotel in Shanghai, he sought a blend of Chinese and European styles and a balance between local culture and the contemporary

26 Mar 2018 - 1:10PM

When Piero Lissoni began designing The Middle House hotel in Shanghai, he sought a blend of Chinese and European styles and a balance between local culture and the contemporary

How to build the perfect hotel in China: Italian architect reveals his secrets to making a modern classic
New York-based architect on being a female in a male-dominated field

Annabelle Selldorf, who has designed David Zwirner’s eponymous galleries for more than 25 years, including at H Queen’s in Hong Kong, talks about women’s struggle for recognition in the industry

8 Mar 2018 - 7:47AM

Annabelle Selldorf, who has designed David Zwirner’s eponymous galleries for more than 25 years, including at H Queen’s in Hong Kong, talks about women’s struggle for recognition in the industry

New York-based architect on being a female in a male-dominated field
Minimalism has no soul, says designer and Renaissance man Juan Pablo Molyneux

Paris-based Juan Pablo Molyneux explains the close relationship of the French and the Chinese and why the wealthy are brilliant

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Paris-based Juan Pablo Molyneux explains the close relationship of the French and the Chinese and why the wealthy are brilliant

Minimalism has no soul, says designer and Renaissance man Juan Pablo Molyneux
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s architect on what inspired its revolutionary design

Jean Nouvel created the ‘universal’ museum’s unique perforated dome and 21st century take on Arabic architecture. He explains how he sought to ‘translate and define the local culture’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Jean Nouvel created the ‘universal’ museum’s unique perforated dome and 21st century take on Arabic architecture. He explains how he sought to ‘translate and define the local culture’

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s architect on what inspired its revolutionary design
Hong Kong gallery owner’s Bali villas – how she poured her art and soul into holiday homes for herself and friends

The founder of Sin Sin Fine Art recalls the instant connection she felt with the Indonesian island when she first visited 30 years ago that led her to build three holiday homes there

22 Nov 2017 - 6:17PM

The founder of Sin Sin Fine Art recalls the instant connection she felt with the Indonesian island when she first visited 30 years ago that led her to build three holiday homes there

Hong Kong gallery owner’s Bali villas – how she poured her art and soul into holiday homes for herself and friends
From Petticoat Lane to Pure Yoga, a designer’s 27-year Hong Kong odyssey

Anyone who’s been in Hong Kong a while has probably eaten, drunk or stretched at an Elaine Jamieson property. The commercial designer talks about how she got her start, her style, and working with her craftsman brother

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Anyone who’s been in Hong Kong a while has probably eaten, drunk or stretched at an Elaine Jamieson property. The commercial designer talks about how she got her start, her style, and working with her craftsman brother

From Petticoat Lane to Pure Yoga, a designer’s 27-year Hong Kong odyssey
How Hong Kong heritage homes were adapted for elderly tenants’ comfort while preserving their art deco features

They’re among Hong Kong’s most desirable houses for rent – Bauhaus-style 1930s gems as big as 6,000 sq ft. When tenants began moving to more elderly-friendly homes, landlord Kadoorie Estate realised they needed updating

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

They’re among Hong Kong’s most desirable houses for rent – Bauhaus-style 1930s gems as big as 6,000 sq ft. When tenants began moving to more elderly-friendly homes, landlord Kadoorie Estate realised they needed updating

How Hong Kong heritage homes were adapted for elderly tenants’ comfort while preserving their art deco features
Now art galleries in Hong Kong have a purpose-built alternative to cramped office buildings or remote industrial lofts

The David Zwirner Gallery, the Pace Gallery and Hauser & Wirth are among some of the world’s leading art galleries that will be tenants of H Queens in Hong Kong’s Central district, specially designed to accommodate big artworks

6 Oct 2017 - 10:08AM

The David Zwirner Gallery, the Pace Gallery and Hauser & Wirth are among some of the world’s leading art galleries that will be tenants of H Queens in Hong Kong’s Central district, specially designed to accommodate big artworks

Now art galleries in Hong Kong have a purpose-built alternative to cramped office buildings or remote industrial lofts
The couple who rebuilt a Scotsman’s castle on a Chinese mountain and made it centrepiece of eco-tourism resort

First they built a road, then came the cranes, concrete and 40,000 tonnes of granite to recreate hilltop retreat in Moganshan, near Hangzhou. Grant Horsfield and Delphine Yip explain how they did it – and why

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

First they built a road, then came the cranes, concrete and 40,000 tonnes of granite to recreate hilltop retreat in Moganshan, near Hangzhou. Grant Horsfield and Delphine Yip explain how they did it – and why

The couple who rebuilt a Scotsman’s castle on a Chinese mountain and made it centrepiece of eco-tourism resort
Couple create enviable Paris home away from home

The 18th-century Parisian apartment of British design connoisseur Charles Garnett and his partner, gallery owner Sylvain Lévy-Alban, is steeped in heirlooms and history

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The 18th-century Parisian apartment of British design connoisseur Charles Garnett and his partner, gallery owner Sylvain Lévy-Alban, is steeped in heirlooms and history

Couple create enviable Paris home away from home
Hong Kong and China designers tap into buzz about crafts at fast-growing London Craft Week

From Chi Wing Lo’s geometric tea wares to Elaine Ng’s batik and Chinese studios’ 3D-printed cups, Hong Kong and China were well represented at London event that feeds our growing appetite for authenticity

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

From Chi Wing Lo’s geometric tea wares to Elaine Ng’s batik and Chinese studios’ 3D-printed cups, Hong Kong and China were well represented at London event that feeds our growing appetite for authenticity

Hong Kong and China designers tap into  buzz about crafts at fast-growing London Craft Week
Architecture, art and a dash of the provocateur behind success of luxury retail interiors

Two new interior projects by Peter Marino, known for his groundbreaking design projects around the world, are on show in Hong Kong

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Two new interior projects by Peter Marino, known for his groundbreaking design projects around the world, are on show in Hong Kong

Architecture, art and a dash of the provocateur behind success of luxury retail interiors