Jane Steer
Jane Steer

Bringing a taste of Japan to Hong Kong’s New Territories, a tech investor’s 1,700 sq ft flat is an oasis of calm – there is even a multipurpose Japanese tatami room.

Carmen Li had always been a fan of interior design, and downtime allowed her to go on a course. She applied some of the rules she learned to the renovation of her flat in Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong Island – but not others.

Lifetastic’s 600 sq ft shop in Kowloon Tong has won an award for its blue and brass design, the work of Hong Kong-based Max Lam Designs and featuring 438 oil paintings of cakes by local artist Eunis.

A home in Hong Lok Yuen, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, has been transformed to evoke a luxury Asian vacation villa, and to show off the owners’ car and Hermès collections.

A neutral background highlights the Scandinavian furniture and woods in this 700 sq ft garden flat in Clear Water Bay in a redesign that transformed the previously ‘horrible’ home.

A light-filled, open-plan kitchen where the family can cook and eat together is at the centre of an apartment home in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, for a pilot, her husband and their two children.

Once a home and a school, the historic Chatham House, halfway up The Peak, has been painstakingly restored and now, as Chatham Maison, serves as an art space.

A couple’s Tuen Mun home overlooking the sea, a park and a palm-fringed beach is full of sustainable furniture and fittings crafted by small local makers.

Four blue-and-white lamp bases inspired the colour scheme of an apartment on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island whose style can best be described as beach house with an Asian touch.

Apartment in Western district for a couple, toddler and two cats has outdoor spaces at both ends, and design makes the most of the light and air from both. With further expansion possible, it needed to be flexible.

Apartment ‘takes those little bits and piece we have in our memories’, designer says of its look, which incorporates rattan, a lot of wood, feng shui screens and splashes of yellow, red and Hong Kong tram green.

‘It was a family flat and it was always so dark … We wanted something different,’ says Hong Kong apartment owner. The result? A bright, elegant home in Nordic shades of pale.

Flavia Markovits’ family have a fondness for Bali, which is evident in the objects on display in their 780 sq ft family home in Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay.

In 1995, two years to the day since another fatal attack in the area, a diver was killed by a shark in Sai Kung. Two more deadly attacks followed soon afterwards.

The 867 sq ft space, which looks out onto the neon lights of Kowloon, features a variety of wood, along with concrete, subtle industrial elements and an ever-changing lighting system, creating a tactile, tropical, welcoming environment.

Wine importer and long-time Hong Kong resident Victoria Williams’ Clear Water Bay duplex has an indoors-outdoors feel with its French doors and jungle views.

When they moved into the Repulse Bay apartment 10 years ago, a Dutch couple were given the freedom to renovate. By retaining its period features, and adding a personal touch, they made the space their own.

An explosion in a Wing On godown on Des Voeux Road West that contained dangerous goods sparked the blaze, which raged for hours, taking on ‘ever-more-menacing proportions’.