Category: Interior Designers

Chalet Chic

We’re experiencing a very mild winter here in Hong Kong. 24 oC is not bad for the middle of January, right? I wish I could say it was the cold weather that has me fantasizing about an alpine retreat, but perhaps its because its not that cold.  I’ve seen friends posting photos on Facebook of their skiing holidays, and even though I don’t ski, I’m a tad jealous. I think I’d quite like to be snuggled up inside some luxe chalet somewhere catching up on my reading and drinking countless cups of tea, and mulled wine.  Perhaps a bit strange for someone like me who group up next to the sunny beaches in Australia, the snowy mountain tops are polar opposite (pun intended).  But you know what they say about opposites…
This Aspen retreat by one of my favorite designers, Peter Marino, could be just the place for me to do that reading and snuggling.  Despite its rather stark, austere architecture, I rather love how minimalistic it is compared to the typical mountain retreat.  And the view from the bedroom…to die for!

London Luxe

I absolutely ADORED this London townhouse in the latest Architectural Digest.  Updated by Francis Sultana for a Hong-Kong based art collector, it is an absolute masterpiece.  I’m putting my hand up if they ever want their HK pad re-done!
Photographed by Luke White for Architectural Digest Feb 2013. 

Sao Paolo suprise

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been quiet, I’ve had some issues the last few days trying to upload images to Blogger. Seems like the problem is finally solved…So, today I’m very happy to share with you images of this lovely Soa Paolo apartment that is the home and workspace of architect and designer, Robert Robl.  At only 40m2 its on the small side, however I think Robert has done a great job making the space feel open and airy, and I love his mix of vintage furniture.  I particularly love the blue chair in the second image, and the wall colour in the last image!

London talent

With an impressive roster of prestigious projects under his belt already, Aristos Migliaressis-Phocas of A.M.P. interiors, is definitely one to watch. Born and raised in Athens, and coming from a background in Finance, Aristos is now based in London and creates elegant, sophisticated bespoke interiors for clients worldwide.

Aristos derives his inspiration from his travels, the places he visits and the people he meets.  His busy schedule has found him in Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Sydney, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Milan and Athens in just the last 6 months. Good thing he is inspired by travel!

The photos I am very happy to share with you today are of a recently completed 4 bedroom private residence at One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge. Enjoy!

Casa Cor Rio

So lets take a skip and a jump up from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro…to the annual Casa Cor exhibition.  I posted the space by Juliana Vasconcellos last year here…and her space this year is no less stunning. This year her team has designed a store where merchandise will be for sale for the duration of the event.  The theme this year was fashion / decoration /architecture, and Juliana says her inspiration was the Gucci Spring/Summer collection this year.  The inspiration is evident in the richly coloured geometric carpet, and the geometry of the furniture. Love it!

A few shots from the Gucci RTW SS2012 collection, from I would like one of each, please.

Tony Chi in Buenos Aires

Whilst looking for something else entirely, I stumbled upon these images of the Buenos Aires home of interior designer Tony Chi and his wife Tammy Chou.  I’ve never seen any of his residential projects before, as he and his firm specialise in hospitality projects, let alone any of his own homes…so it was a bit of a treat.

I quite like the colour combinations he’s used and the earthy, rustic yet minimal chicness of it. And that art on the Living room wall (2nd image) is amazing…have no idea if its actually applied directly to the wall, which is what it looks like.  Even if you don’t like the art, its certainly a talking point.

Girl did good

I just returned from a fantastic two week trip.  London, Paris and a few days driving around the country side in Brittany.  It was one of those trips when you feel like you’ve been gone for twice as long, but it still went way too fast.  While I gather my thoughts and put together a post of all the wonderful sights and tastes I’ll leave you with this.  I’ve not always agreed with Nina Garcia’s thoughts as a judge on Project Runway, but I think her decision to work with Carlos Aparicio on her apartment was spot on. The mix of early 20th Century French and Scandinavian pieces is spot on. Love it.

Photographed by Björn Wallander for Architectural Digest, October 2012.


Its been a while since I’ve seen anything that’s made my jaw drop…and maybe even longer since its been from Victoria Hagan.  Not that I’m not a fan of her work, but this? This is to die for. And I don’t normally like white…

Photographed by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda magazine (Sept 2012).

San Francisco Fog

Its been a wonderful Easter long weekend here in Hong Kong, warm, but a little on the overcast side. If only I had a place like like this to hide out in until the good weather arrives…

The living room of a San Francisco apartment by designer Ken Fulk, from the Apr/May edition of Interiors magazine. Just stunning.

Russian Beauty

My obsession this week is an apartment by Russian Interior Designer, Marina Filippova. Although based in one of my favorite cities, St. Petersbourg, Filippova also has an office in Moscow, and seems to work on projects all over Europe. I’m not particularly skilled at describing what I like about an interior…to me the visual language is so much richer than the verbal one. What I can say is that she clearly had great bones to work with. I love the mix of furnishings and the richness of the timber walls in that first image. And how great are those brass sconces in the second last pic? Drool…

*spoiler alert*

I know, I know, the new Elle Decor has only just hit the stands, but I couldn’t help myself. The London home of Peter Mikic and his partner has made me slightly weak at the knees…so I couldn’t help but share. The man has some seriously good taste in art and furniture. Might have something to do with the fact that he’s Australian, and studied at the same university as myself. Ahem. Some serious eye candy heading your way…


I’m loving this São Paulo apartment by Felipe Hess. A good example of white walls done well. If its eye candy as much you as it is for me, then head on over to Yatzer for more images…

Luis Bustamante

I discovered a new (to me) designer just before I left for Bangkok but didn’t get a chance to share the discovery with you. Luis Bustamante is a Madrid-based Architect and Interior Designer. His work is a little more classical in style than I normally like, but it has an edge, and a lightness to it that I’m enjoying. Señor Bustamante also happens to have a new book out, which doesn’t seem to be on the US Amazon website, but is available on the Spanish website, here. And seeing as learning Spanish is a new year’s resolution I haven’t quite got around to, I will just have to make do with these lovely images from his website…

A sublime sanctuary

OK, I admit it, these pics are a repeat of a post I did back in July last year…but as it was just published in the latest Architectural Digest with some new images, I just couldn’t help myself. The New York apartment of Claire Weiss was designed by Rees Roberts, and I agree with the owner, it is indeed sublime. The colours are a lot crisper in these images, and the mural which I hadn’t really noticed before is in full view now. And on second viewing, it still makes my heart skip a beat.

Photography by Thomas Loof for AD (USA) Feb 2012.

more from Mohn

A couple of treasures from James Mohn’s online portfolio…the top one has kept me going all day…it looks like such a snug spot to spend a cold winters day…

although knowing Hong Kong, just give it a few months and I’ll be dreaming of somewhere cool and calm, just like this…