Many of your furniture pieces, such as the Frame Table, are adaptable. Why? Vincent Lim Chin-hwa: “I grew up in Hong Kong, and when you grow up in an urban landscape such as this, you realise how small spaces can be and how important it is to have pieces that are versatile and flexible.”

You just won Maison&Objet’s Rising Asian Talent award. What will you be showing at the Maison&Objet Paris fair next month? Elaine Manzi Lu: “That fair is mostly accessories, so we’re showing table-top products and possibly the Frame Table.”

Lim: “We’re going to [China’s porcelain capital] Jingdezhen soon, to find a fabricator. By September, we’ll probably have come up with some­thing that involves porcelain. That’s one of the benefits of being located in Asia as opposed to the United States – it’s easy for us to find resources in this part of the world. Recently, we were in Yunfu [in Guangdong province], the marble capital of China, to get some marble table-top products made. We will be showing those at Maison&Objet.”

What are you working on at the moment? Lim: “We have a lot of residential projects, which range in size – the smallest one is 360 sq ft and the biggest is 2,600 sq ft. We’re also working with a Danish furniture brand to develop our Mass series of seating, which has a brass base with pastel upholstery.

“The collection was given the name Mass due to the volumetric characteristics of these pieces. Solid, massive and grounded are words that come to mind when looking at the collection. We’re looking to launch that in early 2018. We’re working on a teahouse, too, in Foshan.”

Vincent’s father, William Lim, is managing director of CL3 Architects. Do you collaborate? Lu: “We’ve worked on a series with CL3 for Cornell University [in the US]. It’s flexible, moveable furniture based on a pushcart, which can be used as a bookcase when it’s raised and a coffee table when it’s lowered.”

Lim: “Elaine’s parents, Wenzhi Zhang and Wei Lu, are both artists, so our whole family is in the creative industries. I would say about 90 per cent of the time we all talk about arts and design.”

What connects all of your projects? Lu: “Our clients want that clean aesthetic – straight lines, geometric forms – which is represented in our Happy Valley residence. Even our furniture is geometric. A lot of the clients who reach out to us want that European, Nordic feel.”

Lim: “And sliding doors seem to be some­thing that keep coming up.”

Lu: “Everyone loves the sliding doors! They open up the space. It goes back to our architecture training – we like to knock down walls.”