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How this Hong Kong apartment’s views informed its interior design



a kitchen with a dining room table: Tommy Hui designed this Wong Chuk Hang apartment, aptly named the Bird Hide, to make the most of its panoramic views. Photography: Steven Ko


Tommy Hui designed this Wong Chuk Hang apartment, aptly named the Bird Hide, to make the most of its panoramic views. Photography: Steven Ko

A good view is a terrible thing to waste. And the view from the 690 sq ft Wong Chuk Hang flat that Tommy Hui Shui-cheung was hired to renovate is truly spectacular: a sweeping panorama of Bennett’s Hill and Aberdeen Harbour, with folds of greenery rolling into the sea.

“We wondered how to focus the interior on the views,” says Hui, founder of local architecture firm TBC Studio.

The clients, a young couple – a nurse and an urban planner – plan to have children, but for now they wanted a sanctuary where they could relax with family and friends. Hui worked with them to create a design he calls the Bird Hide, a reference to lookouts built to observe nature, birds especially, at close range.

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Hui wanted to make the flat as calming as its views, so he chose a relaxed palette of blond wood, complemented by a creamy pastel blue-green – the colour of the sea on a sunny day.



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“We separated the living room and the dining room into two material finishes: wood veneer on one side and paint on the other,” says Hui. “For the paint, it needed to be a colour that wasn’t too dark, something more natural and cosy.”

The layout needed small changes, too. The flat’s front door opens directly into the dining and living area, so Hui used a slatted partition to create a foyer offering a gradual transition into the flat.

The next challenge was the kitchen. As in most Hong Kong

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Workshop/APD and April Bovet Interior Design Team Up on a Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Gem

In the dining room, Eoos chairs ring a custom concrete table beneath a Rich Brilliant Willing pendant fixture. Photography by Donna Dotan.

Each of the five boroughs contains a constellation of neighborhoods with their own cultural quirks and pervading personalities. In Cobble Hill, ethnically diverse mom-and-pop shops and traditional brownstones entwine with a boho art scene, yielding an old-school yet forward-thinking Brooklyn vibe. It’s here that Workshop/APD founding principal Andrew Kotchen was given the opportunity to nestle a unique piece of architecture between two 1900s town houses, at once putting into relief the district’s dual natures.

GamFratesi stools pull up to the kitchen’s granite-topped island. Photography by Donna Dotan.

“It’s rare to get the chance to run an intelligent design process that isn’t based in historical preservation,” Kotchen says of the ground-up plan he conceived for his client, a married couple with two teenage children. After performing initial zoning studies, he and the WAPD team demolished the existing residence and inserted a modernist glass-and-steel town house, encompassing 7,000 square feet and four bedrooms across six floors. “We didn’t set out to take up every inch of buildable square footage,” Kotchen continues. “The focus was on creating comfortable, livable rooms.” Leveraging ideas from past projects with this client, he has devised, in its “calming simplicity,” an exemplar of the contemporary urban home.

White-oak built-ins backdrop an Antonio Citterio sofa and ottoman in the living room. Photography by Donna Dotan.

The streamlined program begins with a triple-height entry atrium that references elements from the facade. A screen of ebonized-oak slats rises the full 31 feet and then crosses the ceiling, the orientations nodding to the exterior’s vertical windows and horizontal Belgian bricks, which extend into the entry. Furthermore, the slat color links to the blackened steel framing those windows. It

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S.F. interior designer Jeff Schlarb conceptualizes penthouse in Nob Hill

A resplendent penthouse in Nob Hill awaits its next owner and showcases the vision of San Francisco-based interior designer Jeff Schlarb. Crowning the Crescent, the city’s newest collection of boutique residences, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom penthouse that’s listed for $7.1 million is an artistic, inspirational oasis with more than 1,800 square feet of living space and 925 square feet of exterior space, with views of the Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco Bay and Coit Tower.

“My vision in designing the penthouse at Crescent was to imagine a resident feeling inspired every time they enter their home,” Schlarb said. “We kept drawing upon the idea of creating a custom, romantic space that feels exciting and familiar at the same time, straddling a careful balance of maximalism and softness while honoring the unparalleled architecture and world-class design of this one-of-a-kind building and its residences. The color palette, in particular, draws upon nature and complements the stunning sky and bay sightlines visible from terraces that span the home.”

Schlarb furnished and designed the elegant penthouse, which complements the building’s architecture and features a flowing floor plan awash in natural light. The refined interior embodies California lifestyle through its sophisticated, stylish material palette and thoughtful design scheme.

The Crescent is the work of Grosvenor Americas, which is part of the Grosvenor Group and one of the world’s largest privately-owned property companies.

“We are excited to debut this model penthouse at Crescent, which is an idyllic interpretation of a contemporary luxury retreat located in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods,” said Steve Buster, Senior Vice President of Development for Grosvenor Americas. “The home is an indoor-outdoor top-floor oasis, as residents have a privately accessed sprawling rooftop terrace overlooking downtown San Francisco and the Bay, along with two private terraces immediately off the living spaces. Crescent’s model penthouse

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Cape Cod-Based Interior Design Firm Wins Four Top Awards

CAPE COD, Mass., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Casabella Interiors was recently honored with four design awards from three different organizations. Luxe Interiors Magazine awarded Casabella the “Best of the Rest, Landscape Design/Outdoor Rooms” award for 2020. The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) awarded Casabella the 2020 EM NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Gold Award for Residential Exterior, and America’s Property Awards selected Casabella for both Bathroom Design and Residential Interior Private Residence Design awards.

These awards reflect Founder and Principal Designer, Michele Holbrook’s continuous pursuit of design excellence for her clients. Says Holbrook, “”Our top priority is to provide an ultra-premium design experience for our clients. Each client’s interior reflects a completely distinctive approach – no two homes are alike. I am always thrilled to see the efforts of me and my team be professionally recognized.”   

The LUXE Interiors Magazine RED Award honors excellence, innovation and the best residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture projects across the country. Casabella’s winning entry features extraordinary work on an outdoor living space in Dennis, Massachusetts complete with custom-designed poolside sectionals precisely placed for best ocean views, a stone fireplace, and state-of-the art outdoor kitchen.

For the CotY Award there were 80 projects submitted across eighteen categories. A panel of eleven independent reviewers judged the project entries in a blind evaluation. Casabella’s outdoor space took top honors for the combined mixture of poolside relaxation and luxury.

A stunning, fully reimagined bathroom overlooking the ocean took the top prize with America’s Property Awards as did Casabella’s captivating residential interior featuring a fetching queen size rope bed, custom kitchen cabinetry, and bespoke furnishings to lend the home a chic seaside feel.

About Casabella Interiors

Casabella Interiors is a nationally recognized design

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CAPE COD, Mass., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Casabella Interiors was recently honored with four design awards from three different organizations. Luxe Interiors Magazine awarded Casabella the “Best of the Rest, Landscape Design/Outdoor Rooms” award for 2020. The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI) awarded Casabella the 2020 EM NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Gold Award for Residential Exterior, and America’s Property Awards selected Casabella for both Bathroom Design and Residential Interior Private Residence Design awards.

These awards reflect Founder and Principal Designer, Michele Holbrook’s continuous pursuit of design excellence for her clients. Says Holbrook, “”Our top priority is to provide an ultra-premium design experience for our clients. Each client’s interior reflects a completely distinctive approach – no two homes are alike. I am always thrilled to see the efforts of me and my team be professionally recognized.”   

The LUXE Interiors Magazine RED Award honors excellence, innovation and the best residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture projects across the country. Casabella’s winning entry features extraordinary work on an outdoor living space in Dennis, Massachusetts complete with custom-designed poolside sectionals precisely placed for best ocean views, a stone fireplace, and state-of-the art outdoor kitchen.

For the CotY Award there were 80 projects submitted across eighteen categories. A panel of eleven independent reviewers judged the project entries in a blind evaluation. Casabella’s outdoor space took top honors for the combined mixture of poolside relaxation and luxury.

A stunning, fully reimagined bathroom overlooking the ocean took the top prize with America’s Property Awards as did Casabella’s captivating residential interior featuring a fetching queen size rope bed, custom kitchen cabinetry, and bespoke furnishings to lend the home a chic seaside feel.

About Casabella Interiors

Casabella Interiors is a nationally recognized design firm

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