Design & Interiors

This village house was designed by interior architect Glory Tam for a lawyer looking for “solitude, reflection and inner peace”. Styled by Flavia Markovits. Photo assistant: Timothy Tsang. Photo: John Butlin.
Japanese minimalism transforms a Hong Kong village house into a dream home

The four Japanese-inspired floors of this village house in Sai Kung were designed by interior architect Glory Tam for his client – a lawyer looking for ‘solitude, reflection and inner peace’.

19 Jan 2022 - 12:15PM
GREEN@WAN CHAI recycling centre seeks to be more than simply a dumping site for goods. Photo: courtesy of ArchSD
The award-winning Hong Kong recycling centre that looks like a hotel

The designers of the new recycling centre in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district explain the innovations and inspiration of their architectural studio’s project.

13 Jan 2022 - 9:26AM
Benny Lee Chiu-ming, co-founder and design director of design consultancy Bread Studio.
The Walking City design project taught architect that nothing is impossible

Architect Benny Lee saw an original drawing from the 1960s pop art design project Archigram as a student and was reminded how architecture can improve people’s lives.

12 Jan 2022 - 12:45PM
Eileen Stow’s rooftop. Photo: Cassia Schutt
Inside the Instagrammable East meets West home of Macau egg tart pioneers

Having taken over the Coloane red house from her late brother, Eileen Stow of Macau’s Lord Stow’s Bakery turned the home into as much of a tourist draw as the treats she sells.

6 Jan 2022 - 12:18PM
An apartment in Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong, redesigned with a tranquil colour palette and minimal style, ensures the view outside, not the furniture inside, is the focus. Photo: Albert Poon
With stunning views of Hong Kong, minimalist apartment shuns art

A couple adopted a minimalist approach to styling their high-rise Ho Man Tin flat, paring furniture down to the essentials and not displaying art to make the most of its stunning views of Hong Kong.

29 Dec 2021 - 9:15AM
Decorated by Flavia Markovits. Photo: Handout
The chinoiserie lamps that inspired a Hong Kong garden flat’s styling

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.

8 Dec 2021 - 9:46AM
The living area of the home in Hong Kong’s Western district created by combining two units and designed by Emma Maclean of EM Bespoke. Photo: Lydia Cheng
Flexible design makes the most of combining two Hong Kong flats

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.

1 Dec 2021 - 9:53AM
Kam Kwan-lai and daughter Yvonne Kam at the renovated Yung Kee. Photo: 
SCMP/Antony Dickson
Yung Kee restaurant looks to the future by celebrating the past

Roast goose restaurant Yung Kee, a landmark of the Hong Kong dining scene for generations, recently reopened following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

30 Nov 2021 - 5:36PM
The 2,483 sq ft (231 square metre) apartment in South Bay, Hong Kong Island, designed by Comodo. Photo:  Boris W.H.
Sea view Hong Kong apartment gets a contemporary look

Full renovation replaces 2,483 sq ft Southside apartment’s dated decor with a sleek, grey look offset with a bright purple sofa and mood lighting.

24 Nov 2021 - 10:25AM
A sofa upholstered in Hong Kong tram green, or Generation Z green as designer JJ Acuna calls it, is a feature of an Ap Lei Chau flat full of nostalgic touches. Photo: Xu Liang Leon
‘Nostalgic, but very now’: flat renovation evokes old Hong Kong

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.

17 Nov 2021 - 9:30AM
Kiyotomo, a former Tokyo sushi bar, has been rebuilt on the second floor of the M+ Museum in Hong Kong as a testament to the subtle minimalism of its designer, Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata. Photo: M+/Lok Cheng
Why a Tokyo sushi bar is a star exhibit at M+ museum in Hong Kong

Designed in the 1980s by legendary Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata, the Kiyotomo sushi bar, dismantled and transported from Tokyo, is among the most unexpected exhibits at new Hong Kong museum.

12 Nov 2021 - 8:16AM
The Prince of Wales Hospital officially opened on November 1, 1982 and was fully opened in 1984. Photo:  Chan Kiu
When Hong Kong’s first fully air-conditioned public hospital opened

The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, built to serve nearly 700,000 people in Hong Kong’s New Territories, opened to patients in 1984, seven years after construction work began.

9 Nov 2021 - 10:24AM
The light-filled Kowloon apartment of a young couple - home for them, their three pet rabbits and a corgi. Photo: John Butlin
From dark to light: a modern home for three rabbits, corgi and young couple

‘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.

3 Nov 2021 - 10:01AM
A farmer works with silkworm cocoons in a silkworm farm in Xingyi, in southwest China’s Guizhou province. Photo: Getty Images
How silk is made, its history in China and farmers’ odd figure of worship

Author Victoria Finlay traces the fascinating origins of China’s silk industry, from moth larvae to an ancient emperor’s new clothes, in this edited excerpt from her latest book.

31 Oct 2021 - 10:15AM
A film-industry creative turned to designer Udo Lam to renovate this 530 sq ft flat in Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Photo: Udo Lam Wai-wa and Frankie Chao
Japanese minimalism, soft lighting make Hong Kong apartment a sanctuary

A film-industry creative turned to designer Udo Lam to renovate a 530 sq ft flat in Wong Chuk Hang, Southern district. Her favourite room in her new sanctuary is the bathroom inspired by a Japanese hot-spring resort.

28 Oct 2021 - 12:26PM
Pal Pang Yu-yan, the founder of Another Design International, helped a Hong Kong family transform their Tseung Kwan O home into “the best home they’ve ever had”. Styling: Flavia Markovits. Photography: John Butlin. Photo assistant: Timothy Tsang
Rooftop jacuzzi, bold yellow sofa improve on penthouse’s hotel-style decor

A statement marble floor set off with bold furniture and a faux white crocodile leather wall help turn a Hong Kong family of three’s Tseung Kwan O penthouse into ‘the best home they’ve ever had’.

21 Oct 2021 - 8:08AM
The Bumbling Traveller: Sketching the World, by Tom Schmidt, includes an illustration of the Sukhothai ruins in Thailand, accompanied by the caption “Sometimes a place is so awe-inspiring that more than one sketchbook page is required to capture its grandeur.” Photo: courtesy of Tom Schmidt
Architect’s sketches of his travels show a different way to record journeys

Hong Kong-based Tom Schmidt’s sketches capture something no camera can, showing not just what he sees but how he sees it. Experience them and you’ll think differently about your next holiday.

16 Oct 2021 - 6:45PM
Interior designer Keith Chan Shing-hin blended Japanese design, Scandinavian furniture and Hong Kong spirit into a couple’s first home, a penthouse in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Styling: Stephanie Ip. Photo: Keith Chan
Penthouse fuses Japanese design with Scandinavian furniture

A Hong Kong couple’s first home, a penthouse with roof in Sham Shui Po, is infused with Hong Kong spirit, incorporates Japanese design elements and is furnished Scandinavian style.

13 Oct 2021 - 9:30AM
Flavia Markovits added soft furnishings, decorative items and artwork to pull a family flat in Hong Kong’s Mid-Levels together. Styling by Flavia Markovits. Photography: John Butlin. Photo assistant: Timothy Tsang
Better than Marie Kondo: stylist’s touches transform a family flat

Stylist Flavia Markovits helps a family from Singapore transform their apartment in Mid-Levels on Hong Kong Island – to which they had been too busy to apply the finishing touches amid the coronavirus pandemic.

6 Oct 2021 - 9:30AM
Marisa Yiu co-founded Eskyiu in New York in 2005, establishing the Hong Kong studio-office in 2007. Photo: Courtesy of Marisa Yiu
They helped create New York’s High Line, their work changed a designer’s life

Marisa Yiu, founding partner of Hong Kong design studio Eskyiu, explains how a book on New York architecture firm Diller + Scofidio taught her to challenge herself.

22 Oct 2021 - 11:56AM