Text Tamsin Bradshaw / Styling David Roden / Photography Nora Tam The enlargement of an already sizeable apartment might not be the most obvious design objective. But when it came to renovating a 3,000 sq ft flat on Peak Road for a family of four, that was the primary task of Joseph Chang, creative director of design firm JC Vision. The layout comprised lots of small, claustrophobic rooms, which didn't make sense, says Chang. So, he got rid of all the non-structural walls, including one that had sectioned off an area to one side of the living room, to open up the dining room, lounge and kitchen areas. With the changes - there are now three bedrooms, three en-suite bathrooms and a powder room - the property has become "very light-filled, even at 6pm", says Chang. Natural light travels through the living room, which has views of Central and the harbour, to the dining area and open kitchen, which face lush hills. To keep the emphasis on the views, Chang ensured the colour scheme was not a distraction. "I always try to keep things neutral, so the user has plenty of flexibility and can add different 'spices' later," he says. Simple tones of biscuit and champagne were chosen as foundation hues and cappuccino-coloured, striated-marble floors were layered with rugs in dark coffee shades. Chang also kept the look simple. The homeowners, both of whom have medical backgrounds, wanted something modern, he says. So Chang created a contemporary-classic interior, "mixing and matching the two styles and finishing the look with some humorous touches". Dashes of fun can be found in unexpected places: in the living room an ornate wooden cabinet houses a fish tank. And in the bedroom of the clients' daughter, who is in her 20s, amusing magnets of animals' rear ends adorn a whiteboard. In the same room, Chang made clever use of what was essentially dead space. A white, rectangular box was fixed to the marble surface of the bay window to create a desk with drawers. He also created a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom by downsizing a large en-suite bathroom and the adjacent third bedroom, which is now used by his clients' son, also in his 20s. The reconfigured bathroom still feels luxurious after the rejig. Having produced an intelligent layout that maximised the apartment's footprint, Chang also delivered when it came to the small stuff: look up and you will see panelling throughout the flat. The effect works well because of the high, 15-foot ceiling. "It's nothing fancy, but still, it creates some lovely lines," says Chang. Further adding to the visual appeal overhead are attention-grabbing chandeliers: particularly striking is Gino Sarfatti's 2097/50 pendant light, which hangs in the living room. Such elements lend character to the home, transforming a neutral space into something stylish, eclectic and fun. Living and dining areas Illuminating the dining table (HK$20,000) from Artura Ficus (15/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 3105 3903), is Angelo Mangiarotti’s Giogali chandelier (HK$16,000), from Interior Deluxe ( www.interior-deluxe.com ), in Florida, the United States. The dining chairs (HK$16,000 in total) came from Wing Hang Furniture (89 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2528 2252). The dining area carpet, designed by JC Vision, cost HK$20,000 from Hugh Mackay Carpets ( www.hughmackay.co.uk ), in Britain. Gino Sarfatti’s 2097/50 chandelier (HK$30,200), from Flos (Wyndham Place, 44 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2801 7608) lights up the living area. The rectangular coffee table (HK$20,000) came from Tequila Kola (various locations; www.tequilakola.com ) and the pouffe (HK$850) and cabinet (HK$18,000) were designed and made by JC Vision. The sofa (HK$170,000) was from Cierre (12 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, tel: 2573 8083). The armchair (HK$8,500) came from Wing Hang Furniture. The side tables (square, HK$7,000; round, HK$9,000) were from Tequila Kola and the console table (HK$15,000) came from Altfield Gallery (Prince’s Building, Central, tel: 2537 6370). The lamp on the console (HK$3,800) was from Zodiac Lighting (70 Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2882 9082). The two-tier Bastone lamp (HK$17,000) came from Nostraforma ( www.nostraforma.com/ en ), in Munich, Germany; the figures beneath it were bought on eBay ( www.ebay.com ). The carpet (HK$8,500), with leather trim, came from Hang Kee Carpet (17/F, Bel Trade Commercial Building, 1 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2833 1071). On the wall behind the console table, the “climbing men”, by Tien Cong Ma, came from Peo Lo Gallery (12 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam tel: +84 8 3581 5120). The artworks above the console and sofa are by Turner Rottet and came from Greene Contemporary ( www.greenecontemporary.com ), in the US. Lounge area The lacquer-coated wood screen with circular motif (HK$58,000) was designed by Joseph Chang, of JC Vision (11/F, Lee Loong Building, 4 Queen Victoria Street, Central, tel: 2524 9988). The floor light (HK$8,500) came from Industville ( www.industville.co.uk ), in London, Britain. Kitchen Marble surfaces and clean lines give this open kitchen a fresh, easy feel. JC Vision designed the kitchen cabinetry and countertops (HK$170,000 in total). The Beat lights (HK$10,000 for two) were purchased from Tom Dixon ( www.tomdixon.net ) in London. Master bedroom Smoky eggplant and nude tones give the master bedroom a sophisticated yet calm feel. The rug (HK$25,000), designed by JC Vision, was made by Hugh Mackay Carpets. The wooden bedside table (HK$3,000) and bed (HK$13,000) were from Indigo Living (6/F, Horizon Plaza, tel: 2555 0540), while the Josephine M table lamp (HK$14,000) came from online store yliving ( www.yliving.com ). The round mirror (HK$2,000) and mirrored dresser (HK$7,500) were designed by JC Vision. The leather bench (HK$11,000) was from Tequila Kola. Daughter’s bedroom Chang gave the bedroom its sense of fun with a swirling, stripy rug and mismatched bedside tables. The mirrored table (HK$4,000), white vanity (HK$5,500), bed (HK$14,000) and mirror (HK$1,800) were all designed by JC Vision. The chandelier (HK$8,000) came from Infurniti (16/F, Horizon Plaza, tel: 2552 3890). The bedside lamp came from his clients’ previous home. Work area A 130cm-wide desk (HK$8,000, by JC Vision) was built into a bay window in the daughter’s room. The chair (HK$9,800) came from Homeless (31 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2581 1880). En-suite bathroom The master bathroom keeps to the neutral tones used elsewhere in the flat. The rainshower (HK$170,000) and bathtub (HK$200,000), both by Teuco, were sourced through Colourliving (333 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2510 2666). Secret passage The flat's back door, which opens directly onto the dining area, was awkward and rarely used. To conceal it, Joseph Chang, of JC Vision, made it a part of a wall, with horizontal timber battens, which transformed it into an eye-catching feature. "It interacts with all elements [in the dining room], from the wall pieces and designer lamp to the leather rug," says Chang.