Oliver Giles
Oliver Giles
A lifelong Hongkonger, Oliver Giles is a freelance journalist who writes about art, architecture and design.

The Bangkok Art Biennale will feature artists including Marina Abramovic and Robert Mapplethorpe, while Ghost 2565 will feature a pop-up kitchen run by Hong Kong’s ‘Wokstar’ Sam Lui.

Queer artist Hou, who will exhibit at New York’s Brooklyn Museum from October, reflects being stuck between his family’s homeland of China and his own life in vibrant portrait paintings.

French artist Daphné Mandel’s collages of ruins she has visited, pieced together digitally, are the result of visiting more than 150 abandoned sites around the city.


Frank Leung, the founder of via architecture, explains the inspiration behind the interiors of residential development 28 Aberdeen St, a 40-apartment tower directly across from PMQ

For the architects who’ve transformed a resort in Hokkaido, Japan, backed by investors including Hong Kong’s Richard Li, anything goes. That’s meant a hodgepodge of designs, but now some take inspiration from Japanese culture

Nelson Chow, of NC Design and Architecture, is known for conceiving local speakeasies Mrs Pound, Foxglove and Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour. He talks about how attics inspired the Hong Kong PDT

Katharine Pooley, author of new book Journey By Design, has created luxurious homes from Scotland to Saudi Arabia. She explains how her travels inform her creations

Despite their backgrounds in design, a French expat and her Australian husband decided to keep their 2,100 sq ft Lamma Island beach home simple and cosy

Simplicity, craftsmanship and premium materials characterise their furniture and other products, but Japanese designs may have the edge in Hong Kong simply because they are smaller

People such as Hong Kong property heir Adrian Cheng provide architects with financial backing so they can turn great ideas into reality – often non-commercial ones but which patrons believe will benefit their city

The latest in an annual series of event spaces erected in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens, OMA’s cross-cultural MPavilion is based on the openness of an amphitheatre – but is unlike any amphitheatre ever seen before


Hong Kong architect asked designers for ideas to counter city’s shrinking flats by turning streets into ‘our living room’; gardens in refuse skips, pop-up Chinese pavilions and railings that morph into fold-out seating among ideas

Clever details such as glass doors and internal windows have helped turn a poky flat into a light-filled apartment in which the spacious wraparound terrace becomes a natural extension of the interior

Get a gym-quality workout in the comfort of your own home thanks to interior designer Glory Tam and doctor Albert Au, who have joined forces to create multitasking fitness equipment under Kickstarter-funded The Habit Furniture

Tadao Ando-inspired 470 sq ft open-plan apartment in Anglers’ Bay suits open-minded Gimmy Fong, with its walls replaced by sliding panels, open sea views and floor-to-ceiling windows

Pao used Wind in the Willows-inspired characters to inject nostalgia into hotel and serviced apartment complex, a project that has seen him begin his career with a bang