Christopher DeWolf

Christopher DeWolf

Christopher Dewolf writes about urbanism, architecture and design – along with beer and other delicious beverages

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Designers of Hong Kong’s newest food hall, in Jardine House basement, draw inspiration from building’s retro look

Designers of BaseHall talk us through their blueprint for the food hall, which opened last month in the windowless basement of Jardine House.

8 Jul 2020 - 4:33PM

Designers of BaseHall talk us through their blueprint for the food hall, which opened last month in the windowless basement of Jardine House.

Designers of Hong Kong’s newest food hall, in Jardine House basement, draw inspiration from building’s retro look
Historic market town and its upstart rival in Hong Kong’s New Territories – stroll between the two, and into the past

Don’t just go hiking in the northern New Territories, spend a little time in Luen Wo Hui and Shek Wu Hui – two market towns with tree-lined streets, a bit of history, and simple pleasures.

22 Jun 2020 - 5:41PM

Don’t just go hiking in the northern New Territories, spend a little time in Luen Wo Hui and Shek Wu Hui – two market towns with tree-lined streets, a bit of history, and simple pleasures.

Historic market town and its upstart rival in Hong Kong’s New Territories – stroll between the two, and into the past
Moonkok, a bar from Hong Kong craft brewery Moonzen, draws inspiration from a traditional teahouse and temple

The bar offers a portal to the past in Mong Kok. Founder Laszlo Raphael explains how the brewery worked with designer Alex Cheng King-hang, of Heed Studio, to transform a tiny corner shop into a space rooted in tradition.

10 Jun 2020 - 5:11PM

The bar offers a portal to the past in Mong Kok. Founder Laszlo Raphael explains how the brewery worked with designer Alex Cheng King-hang, of Heed Studio, to transform a tiny corner shop into a space rooted in tradition.

Moonkok, a bar from Hong Kong craft brewery Moonzen, draws inspiration from a traditional teahouse and temple
Touch-activated Tactus lamps are designed to provide connection for the lonely

Alexander Lervik designed the touch-activated stone-shaped lamps to be connected by Wi-fi so they glow red when one is touched, and heat up and flash like a heartbeat when stroked.

3 Jun 2020 - 7:46PM

Alexander Lervik designed the touch-activated stone-shaped lamps to be connected by Wi-fi so they glow red when one is touched, and heat up and flash like a heartbeat when stroked.

Touch-activated Tactus lamps are designed to provide connection for the lonely
The Handy Capsule, for all your Covid-19 essentials – you’ll never forget your face mask again

The Handy Capsule is a stylish case with sections for a face mask, hand sanitiser, temperature-reading stickers and alcohol wipes. Its designer, Kiran Zhu of Ziinlife in Shanghai, explains how he got the idea.

31 May 2020 - 5:15PM

The Handy Capsule is a stylish case with sections for a face mask, hand sanitiser, temperature-reading stickers and alcohol wipes. Its designer, Kiran Zhu of Ziinlife in Shanghai, explains how he got the idea.

The Handy Capsule, for all your Covid-19 essentials – you’ll never forget your face mask again
How a New Zealand design duo created a Spanish-themed ham showroom in Hong Kong

Without any cultural experiences to lean on, New Zealanders Alexandra Batten and Daniel Kamp – in collaboration with In Situ & Partners – focused on lighting to let the product ‘sing’ from within.

10 Jun 2020 - 10:02AM

Without any cultural experiences to lean on, New Zealanders Alexandra Batten and Daniel Kamp – in collaboration with In Situ & Partners – focused on lighting to let the product ‘sing’ from within.

How a New Zealand design duo created a Spanish-themed ham showroom in Hong Kong
How a ‘dead mall’ in Taiwan was transformed into a public water park, complete with its own paddling pool

Dutch architects turn a disused shopping mall in Tainan, southern Taiwan, into a public water park with a paddling pool, creating ‘an oasis in the midst of the city’.

23 May 2020 - 5:30PM

Dutch architects turn a disused shopping mall in Tainan, southern Taiwan, into a public water park with a paddling pool, creating ‘an oasis in the midst of the city’.

How a ‘dead mall’ in Taiwan was transformed into a public water park, complete with its own paddling pool
Fancy a cuppa? Hong Kong brand Camel introduces a portable vacuum flask

The Hong Kong brand has been making glass-lined vacuum flasks since 1940. Now the family-run company has introduced Cuppa28, a portable flask with a plastic shell. Managing director Raymond Leung explains the new range.

15 May 2020 - 10:39AM

The Hong Kong brand has been making glass-lined vacuum flasks since 1940. Now the family-run company has introduced Cuppa28, a portable flask with a plastic shell. Managing director Raymond Leung explains the new range.

Fancy a cuppa? Hong Kong brand Camel introduces a portable vacuum flask
When a busy Hong Kong couple decided to slow down, they wanted their flat to match their new life

With more time on their hands, a Hong Kong couple decided to adapt their Ting Kau duplex flat to suit their new lifestyle.

7 May 2020 - 4:15PM

With more time on their hands, a Hong Kong couple decided to adapt their Ting Kau duplex flat to suit their new lifestyle.

When a busy Hong Kong couple decided to slow down, they wanted their flat to match their new life
Can a lamp that cleans the air of pollutants and bacteria work on the coronavirus?

Designed by Kevin Chu, of Sugo Biophilia Furniture, the Foglia lamp uses a once expensive technology adapted to work with LED. A smaller design is due to be released in the summer.

4 May 2020 - 5:00AM

Designed by Kevin Chu, of Sugo Biophilia Furniture, the Foglia lamp uses a once expensive technology adapted to work with LED. A smaller design is due to be released in the summer.

Can a lamp that cleans the air of pollutants and bacteria work on the coronavirus?
Lights made from 3D-printed plant-based plastic – San Francisco firm leads the way in eco-friendly design

Victoria Slaker, the vice-president of industrial design at Ammunition, talks about the San Francisco firm’s collaboration with 3D-printing platform Gantri to create lights made from corn-based plastic.

27 Apr 2020 - 2:24PM

Victoria Slaker, the vice-president of industrial design at Ammunition, talks about the San Francisco firm’s collaboration with 3D-printing platform Gantri to create lights made from corn-based plastic.

Lights made from 3D-printed plant-based plastic – San Francisco firm leads the way in eco-friendly design
Design world responds to coronavirus with virtual festival, a sanitation kit to fit your handbag, and a determination to forge a new world order

A Virtual Design Festival aims to kick-start conversations about the future of design after the coronavirus, as designers respond to the crisis with health-conscious innovations, and a determination not to return to past ideas.

30 Apr 2020 - 9:49AM

A Virtual Design Festival aims to kick-start conversations about the future of design after the coronavirus, as designers respond to the crisis with health-conscious innovations, and a determination not to return to past ideas.

Design world responds to coronavirus with virtual festival, a sanitation kit to fit your handbag, and a determination to forge a new world order
Designing home appliances for modern Chinese lifestyles – and smaller living spaces

Hong Kong-based Michael Young designed Haier’s new Leader range, including modular fridges that can be clipped together.

15 Apr 2020 - 4:22PM

Hong Kong-based Michael Young designed Haier’s new Leader range, including modular fridges that can be clipped together.

Designing home appliances for modern Chinese lifestyles – and smaller living spaces
Create Cures’ UV lamp is a stylish concept for sanitising everyday items

Shanghai-based designer Frank Chou’s non-profit assembles international designers to devise products that promote public health. The lamp is their first project.

13 Apr 2020 - 5:29AM

Shanghai-based designer Frank Chou’s non-profit assembles international designers to devise products that promote public health. The lamp is their first project.

Create Cures’ UV lamp is a stylish concept for sanitising everyday items
At Hong Kong speakeasy The Diplomat, a designer created a bar within a bar

Littleurbanmountain design principal, Bong Yeung, took inspiration from some of London’s coolest venues to create a secret space within the stylish watering hole.

8 Apr 2020 - 10:29AM

Littleurbanmountain design principal, Bong Yeung, took inspiration from some of London’s coolest venues to create a secret space within the stylish watering hole.

At Hong Kong speakeasy The Diplomat, a designer created a bar within a bar
How Hong Kong developed unique design for social housing – seeds were sown in a prisoner-of-war camp

More than half of Hong Kong’s population lives in public housing, but how and why the first estates were built in the 1950s has long been a matter of conjecture. An architect has uncovered new information about their design.

8 Mar 2020 - 5:50PM

More than half of Hong Kong’s population lives in public housing, but how and why the first estates were built in the 1950s has long been a matter of conjecture. An architect has uncovered new information about their design.

How Hong Kong developed unique design for social housing – seeds were sown in a prisoner-of-war camp
At site of Hong Kong’s first artists’ village, art has come full circle – the story of Oil Street, North Point, and how it earned its name

For long a site of industry, Oil Street earned a place in Hong Kong history as the home, briefly, of an artists’ village. Art is being made there again at Oi!, a community art centre in a former Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club clubhouse.

1 Mar 2020 - 11:01AM

For long a site of industry, Oil Street earned a place in Hong Kong history as the home, briefly, of an artists’ village. Art is being made there again at Oi!, a community art centre in a former Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club clubhouse.

At site of Hong Kong’s first artists’ village, art has come full circle – the story of Oil Street, North Point, and how it earned its name
Home office tips for tiny apartments: Hong Kong designers on making your environment more productive

Hong Kong designers, who are used to thinking about small spaces, share some interior design tips to make working from home during the coronavirus more productive and pleasant.

27 Feb 2020 - 12:35PM

Hong Kong designers, who are used to thinking about small spaces, share some interior design tips to make working from home during the coronavirus more productive and pleasant.

Home office tips for tiny apartments: Hong Kong designers on making your environment more productive
Once Hong Kong’s ‘Little Taiwan’, Tseung Kwan O has a rich history, hidden qualities – but is it still a little bland?

Tseung Kwan O might lack ‘community feeling’ but its history stretches back to the 13th century, and it was once a thriving area known as Hong Kong’s ‘Little Taiwan’. Today, a growing waterfront promenade is getting people out of the shopping malls.

24 Feb 2020 - 1:45PM

Tseung Kwan O might lack ‘community feeling’ but its history stretches back to the 13th century, and it was once a thriving area known as Hong Kong’s ‘Little Taiwan’. Today, a growing waterfront promenade is getting people out of the shopping malls.

Once Hong Kong’s ‘Little Taiwan’, Tseung Kwan O has a rich history, hidden qualities – but is it still a little bland?
A retired couple return to Hong Kong to create their dream home after 20 years in Britain

By filling their flat with treasures old and new, a designer helped a retired couple, who had spent the past two decades away, ease into their new life.

29 Jan 2020 - 2:58PM

By filling their flat with treasures old and new, a designer helped a retired couple, who had spent the past two decades away, ease into their new life.

A retired couple return to Hong Kong to create their dream home after 20 years in Britain
How a Brazilian expat made her family’s Hong Kong flat feel like home

Yoga teacher Leila Fronza Quites was reminded of her homeland by the natural light in her Discovery Bay apartment. The decor reinforces that feeling.

8 Jan 2020 - 10:27AM

Yoga teacher Leila Fronza Quites was reminded of her homeland by the natural light in her Discovery Bay apartment. The decor reinforces that feeling.

How a Brazilian expat made her family’s Hong Kong flat feel like home
Humble post-war buildings reinvented as modern apartment blocks in Hong Kong - it’s a bit like playing Tetris, architect says of the challenge

Humble post-war Hong Kong tenement buildings, or tong lau, are getting a new lease of life as big developers seize on their potential. Architects talk about the challenges and rewards of revamping the hastily built utilitarian blocks.

5 Jan 2020 - 8:06PM

Humble post-war Hong Kong tenement buildings, or tong lau, are getting a new lease of life as big developers seize on their potential. Architects talk about the challenges and rewards of revamping the hastily built utilitarian blocks.

Humble post-war buildings reinvented as modern apartment blocks in Hong Kong - it’s a bit like playing Tetris, architect says of the  challenge
Private member clubs in Hong Kong: social injustice or social leveller? The tide of history may be running against them

Private clubs have been part of Hong Kong’s social fabric since its earliest days as a British colony, as places to meet and deal. Today the future of many is in doubt – accused of elitism, their facilities underused, their membership ageing.

29 Dec 2019 - 5:54PM

Private clubs have been part of Hong Kong’s social fabric since its earliest days as a British colony, as places to meet and deal. Today the future of many is in doubt – accused of elitism, their facilities underused, their membership ageing.

Private member clubs in Hong Kong: social injustice or social leveller? The tide of history may be running against them
A Hong Kong home gets a masculine makeover to recall a gentlemen’s club

Designer Enoch Hui’s client asked him to transform an apartment above his Kowloon unit into an upscale party pad.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:52PM

Designer Enoch Hui’s client asked him to transform an apartment above his Kowloon unit into an upscale party pad.

A Hong Kong home gets a masculine makeover to recall a gentlemen’s club
The breweries making beers to go with Chinese food in Hong Kong, and how beer pairings with food work

Some beers cut through the taste of intense dishes, others complement food, and still others contrast with what’s on the plate. Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong are working with craft breweries on beers to accompany specific dishes.

18 Dec 2019 - 11:23AM

Some beers cut through the taste of intense dishes, others complement food, and still others contrast with what’s on the plate. Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong are working with craft breweries on beers to accompany specific dishes.

The breweries making beers to go with Chinese food in Hong Kong, and how beer pairings with food work
Hong Kong neighbourhood where spark for 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly

The industrial Hong Kong neighbourhood where the spark for the 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly. Now a creative hotbed, it’s had a part to play in this year’s protests in the city – a peaceful one.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:05AM

The industrial Hong Kong neighbourhood where the spark for the 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly. Now a creative hotbed, it’s had a part to play in this year’s protests in the city – a peaceful one.

Hong Kong neighbourhood where spark for 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly
Architect’s space-saving design for family’s Hong Kong apartment hides cupboards, drawers, even the kitchen pantry

Architect’s space-saving design for family’s apartment in Kam Tin, Hong Kong, conceals cupboards, drawers, and even the kitchen pantry.

21 Nov 2019 - 7:24AM

Architect’s space-saving design for family’s apartment in Kam Tin, Hong Kong, conceals cupboards, drawers, and even the kitchen pantry.

Architect’s space-saving design for family’s Hong Kong apartment hides cupboards, drawers, even the kitchen pantry
What to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands – hiking, camping, seafood – a great stress relief

Hong Kong has 263 islands and many of them can be easily visited via boat from the Central ferry piers. Enjoy Lamma’s seafood restaurants and pubs, Po Toi’s hiking trails, the rugged beauty of Ping Chau and lots more.

22 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

Hong Kong has 263 islands and many of them can be easily visited via boat from the Central ferry piers. Enjoy Lamma’s seafood restaurants and pubs, Po Toi’s hiking trails, the rugged beauty of Ping Chau and lots more.

What to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands – hiking, camping, seafood – a great stress relief
Hong Kong’s top Instagram spots: from Monster Building to Choi Hung Estate – inside the city’s picture perfect obsession

While the search for the perfect Hong Kong Instagram shot can shed light on once neglected areas, it can also take a turn for the absurd.

2 Oct 2019 - 10:36AM

While the search for the perfect Hong Kong Instagram shot can shed light on once neglected areas, it can also take a turn for the absurd.

Hong Kong’s top Instagram spots: from Monster Building to Choi Hung Estate – inside the city’s picture perfect obsession
How Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan beaches are returning to former glory as water quality improves

Before the 1980s, people from across Kowloon flocked to Tsuen Wan’s seven beaches for their spectacular views before worsening water quality forced visitors to find cleaner spots. Now the beaches are returning to their former glory.

13 Aug 2019 - 7:24PM

Before the 1980s, people from across Kowloon flocked to Tsuen Wan’s seven beaches for their spectacular views before worsening water quality forced visitors to find cleaner spots. Now the beaches are returning to their former glory.

How Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan beaches are returning to former glory as water quality improves