Oliver Giles

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

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The kid-friendly Hong Kong flat that was inspired by a hidden waterfall

The tranquil, minimalist interior of the Pok Fu Lam flat designed by Bean Buro, proves that inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places

23 May 2018 - 5:45PM
The kid-friendly Hong Kong flat that was inspired by a hidden waterfall

The tranquil, minimalist interior of the Pok Fu Lam flat designed by Bean Buro, proves that inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places

How Hong Kong architect created an oasis in the middle of the bustling 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

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
How Hong Kong architect created an oasis in the middle of the bustling 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

How a failing Japanese ski resort became Aspen of Asia as luxury hotels and wealthy Asians replaced backpackers and hostels

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

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
How a failing Japanese ski resort became Aspen of Asia as luxury hotels and wealthy Asians replaced backpackers and hostels

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

Hong Kong the inspiration behind Bo Innovation’s interior, says designer

Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept, the studio behind Alvin Leung’s restaurant, talks about his inspirations

22 Mar 2018 - 6:15PM
Hong Kong the inspiration behind Bo Innovation’s interior, says designer

Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept, the studio behind Alvin Leung’s restaurant, talks about his inspirations

How iconic New York speakeasy PDT has been redesigned for Hong Kong

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

16 Mar 2018 - 5:03PM
How iconic New York speakeasy PDT has been redesigned for Hong Kong

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

Inside Hong Kong-raised interior designer’s hip east London home

Sharon Toong unites mid-century and vintage items with modern aesthetics and graffiti art in her Dalston house

1 Mar 2018 - 9:40AM
Inside Hong Kong-raised interior designer’s hip east London home

Sharon Toong unites mid-century and vintage items with modern aesthetics and graffiti art in her Dalston house

Designer behind the PET Lamp on giving plastic waste a new life and struggling artisans a helping hand

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón is the Spanish designer behind a project which employs artisans worldwide to weave lampshades from used plastic bottles

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Designer behind the PET Lamp on giving plastic waste a new life and struggling artisans a helping hand

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón is the Spanish designer behind a project which employs artisans worldwide to weave lampshades from used plastic bottles

Jade and cashmere: the two things that draw this British interior designer to Hong Kong

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

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Jade and cashmere: the two things that draw this British interior designer to Hong Kong

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

The Hong Kong beach house that becomes Party Central at weekends

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The Hong Kong beach house that becomes Party Central at weekends

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

How Japan influenced Nordic aesthetics and vice versa, and why designs of both are growing more popular in Hong Kong

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Japan influenced Nordic aesthetics and vice versa, and why designs of both are growing more popular in Hong Kong

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

Architects realise their dreams thanks to ultra rich in Hong Kong and China who serve as patrons

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Architects realise their dreams thanks to ultra rich in Hong Kong and China who serve as patrons

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

How Hong Kong house went from dark and dingy to bright, airy family home

Designer Max Lam employed all the tricks in his arsenal to turn an old-fashioned house in Yuen Long into a home fit for a young family of four

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Hong Kong house went from dark and dingy to bright, airy family home

Designer Max Lam employed all the tricks in his arsenal to turn an old-fashioned house in Yuen Long into a home fit for a young family of four

Public space in Hong Kong - meet the architect hoping to spark a conversation

Stanley Siu, who founded Daydreamers Design, talks about why pavilions are important in crowded cities such as ours

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Public space in Hong Kong - meet the architect hoping to spark a conversation

Stanley Siu, who founded Daydreamers Design, talks about why pavilions are important in crowded cities such as ours

Hong Kong couple swap urban living for rural retreat - a peek inside their two-storey house on Lantau

Having lived in Central for seven years, an entrepreneur and her family now call Cheung Sha home

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong couple swap urban living for rural retreat - a peek inside their two-storey house on Lantau

Having lived in Central for seven years, an entrepreneur and her family now call Cheung Sha home

Inside Melbourne’s new MPavilion, designed by Rem Koolhaas firm OMA, and why the architect is all for movable structures

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Inside Melbourne’s new MPavilion, designed by Rem Koolhaas firm OMA, and why the architect is all for movable structures

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

Micro park ideas for Hong Kong – gardens in refuse skips, pop-up Chinese pavilions and more proposed by young designers

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

13 Oct 2017 - 8:24AM
Micro park ideas for Hong Kong – gardens in refuse skips, pop-up Chinese pavilions and more proposed by young designers

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

Small Hong Kong flat with a 600 sq ft terrace shows how to merge indoor and outdoor spaces

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Small Hong Kong flat with a 600 sq ft terrace shows how to merge indoor and outdoor spaces

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

A coffee table that doubles as an exercise bench? Fitness furniture line launched by Hong Kong friends

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

28 Sep 2017 - 6:03PM
A coffee table that doubles as an exercise bench? Fitness furniture line launched by Hong Kong friends

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

How a Korean architect is using brickwork to create sculptural buildings

Minsuk Cho, who won the top prize at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, explains how he approached Hong Kong’s Mount Pavilia project

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How a Korean architect is using brickwork to create sculptural buildings

Minsuk Cho, who won the top prize at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, explains how he approached Hong Kong’s Mount Pavilia project

Hong Kong extreme makeover has glass wall bathroom as flat’s focal point

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong extreme makeover has glass wall bathroom as flat’s focal point

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

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