Category: Interior Designers

Tony Chi

Taiwanese-born, US-based designer Tony Chi is one of my all time favorites. His team creates spaces that are world renowned for being elegant and refined, in particular some stunning restaurants (including the Oak Door at the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo where I shared an anniversary dinner with my husband several years ago) and some breathtaking hotels. His recently updated website will definitely be a port of call when I’m in need of some visual inspiration. Take a look at a few of these images and I’m sure you’ll see why….

Style in spades…little teeny tiny ones!

Anyone out there who has not yet got a copy of the July/August House Beautiful (US) needs to run, not walk, to their closest news stand and buy one. Immediately. Why? Because the stunning apartment which graces the cover weighs in at a mere 390 square feet, or about 39 square metres. It’s ridiculous how pretty this place is. Its amazing inspiration for everyone, but especially for those of us living like laboratory animals in sprawling cities around the world. It makes my place (which is marginally bigger) feel and look as bland as a cardboard box in comparison. The home-owner and decorator, David Kaihoi, is definitely one to watch. Currently working for Miles Redd, I have a feeling this will not be the last time a place by him makes it to the front cover of a magazine.

More photos online from Studiolo, and a bit more of a back story on the man behind all this gorgeousness from an ex-colleague, Mr Nick Olsen.

San Francisco Style

I’m so pleased to be able to share with you some images of the recent San Francisco Decorator Showcase…a beautiful tower attic created by Benjamin Dhong.

For Dhong’s third year of participating in the showcase he created a cool, calm and serene space that was inspired by a chic Parisian garret. The tower attic has deep dormer windows, deep sloping eaves and a killer view of the Golden Gate bridge. Sounds (and looks) divine!

The room has been painted with a very subtle mural by decorative artist Linda Horning which gives the feeling of being surround by fog or clouds (a nice change from the feeling of being surrounded by smog, like I am here!)

In Dhong’s own words, “the room is swathed in a cocoon of monochromatic taupes and greys. The pop of color comes from the most incredibly chic combination of silver and various shades of teal and blue”. A very chic combination indeed.

The combination of furniture and objet d’art is also pretty chic I think, an egg chair covered in silk velvet, vintage Fortuny fabric cushions, the zebra rug, a bone marquetry side table, that Giacometti lamp (in silver!). AND those stunning gilt edge brackets (those are from Quatrain by the way). Yum.

The combination of colours and furniture is absolute perfection. I would kill to have an attic like this one day to go hide in and read – how heavenly!

The creator of this beautiful space, Benjamin Dhong, looking very dapper, and completely colour co-ordinated!

Weekend discoveries – part 3

The other great discovery of the weekend for me was Chahan Minassian. Not so much his work – as I have admired it from afar for a while now – my discovery was the launch of his website. The Lebanese Paris-based Minassian is not only a talented designer, he also runs a gallery representing some fabulous artists and 20th Century design. Definitely a must-see on my list for the next trip to Paris! There are several stunning homes in his online portfolio, but this is definitely one of my faves.

I brought home a new stack of magazines last night, so who knows what this weekend will reveal!

David Collins sneak peek!

I am way beyond excited to be able to share with you some pics of a recently completed David Collins Studio project – The Limewood Hotel in Hampshire, England.

Unveiled in August ’09, the Limewood is a quintessential English Country House Hotel set in a National Park, a little under 2hrs southwest of London. The architecture is classic Georgian, and the interiors are just sublime.

Collins has used his signature blend of elegance to create a relaxed but luxe ambiance. The soft muted colour palettes blend in with the surrounding landscape. Local materials such as ash and stone are skillfully blended with silk wallcoverings and dip-dyed curtains and another of Collin’s signature touches – a mix of antique and bespoke furniture and lighting.

Each of the sixteen guest rooms are a different configuration and have been decorated individually. There are four different drawing rooms to relax in, a bar, a courtyard garden, and if all this is not enough, there are two dining rooms to chose from, one with a Michelin star chef! And that’s not even mentioning the stunning landscape…

Says Mr Collins himself of the project: “Rarely do designers meet clients who are prepared to create something of quality, integrity, and style. We were fortunate in being able to bring our aesthetic to the interior of Lime Wood working within a framework of a re-imagined 18 th Century home but updating it and reinventing the so-called English Country Style. We have taken a simple subtle palette of colours, materials and textures and integrated them into the building and importantly the landscape to create something special that will evolve with time and use”.

But don’t take our words for it…check out these lovely images – or treat yourself to a weekend away if you are in the area!

The Guestrooms

Two different bathrooms

One of the Drawing Rooms


The Bar

The Courtyard

All photos taken by Michael Paul, courtesy of David Collins Studio.

Did you see this?

Anouska Hempel’s stunning new home in London photographed by James Mortimer for World of Interiors Feb 2010.

Dark green lacquered walls + marble floors + Chinese antiques = stunning!

These elements are definitely trademark Hempel signature elements, and totally what I would have expected her home to look like – in a good way. And 3 dining rooms? So decadent! I love entertaining… how will I ever again be satisfied with just 1?

I just loved this feature on Hempel’s London home, so nice to see how her hospitality design influences how she decorates her own home. And its totally made me re-think Chinese antiques. They look perfect amongst all those dark greens – inside and outside the room. Don’t you think?

Estilo de España!

Seriously people, if there is anyone out there still not reading the Spanish Architectural Digest, you are really missing out! Month after month it delivers gasp out loud stunning interiors. The latest issue is certainly no exception. I’m totally in love with the apartment featured by Madrid based designer Estefanía Carrero – its just so chic. Check out her website or the magazine for more pics!

All photos by Ricardo Labougle for AD España November 2009.


I’ve been a fan of French designer François Champsaur‘s interior design work for some time. I waited patiently for his website to be updated…and updated it was, with many lovely new images. And now, it seems my patience has been rewarded ten fold because not only is there a new website dedicated to his new furniture collection – HC28 – there is also a store in Hong Kong! I had the pleasure of checking out the recently opened store yesterday, and it was a real treat.

Above, a mix of residential and commercial projects, from Champsaur’s website. And below, just a few pieces from the collection that I saw in store yesterday. Most of the collection is very Asian inspired with simple lines and bright high-gloss lacquer, which is just stunning in person. There are quite a few other more versatile pieces like the sofas that would work in almost any home.

The Bel Air Sofa

Palm Beach Chair

Toy stools – these were available in almost any colour, really fun and versatile

Tree table

Xiang Desk

So folks, if you are in Hong Kong, the next time you are in Ap Lei Chau (yes, I know, a pain to get there) head into the HC28 showroom if you like what you see!


There aren’t many things I like more than discovering the work of a new (to me) designer or firm. Which probably says more about me than I should comment on….anyway, getting back to what I was saying…it’s exciting to see new work that inspires you and every now and then you see something that takes your breath away. Well that’s what happened when I discovered the portfolio of the designers Artur Miranda & Jacques Bec of Portugal based firm Oitoemponto. Miranda, the founding partner, hails from a fashion background, and that is quite evident when you look at his work and marvel at his choice of colours, textures and rich detailing. The flair exhibited in their work is varied, which to me makes looking at their work so exciting. These are just a few of my favorites from their portfolio, there are many more on their website – which is a visual treat unto itself. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Real Estate Envy…

Looks like another of my favorite design firms, Shelton & Mindel, has updated their website recently. I am totally lusting after this place which looks like a new addition to their portfolio. I must sound like a broken record…BUT this place does have great bones. And its full of great furniture. Period architecture mixed with 20th Century icons – they do it so well. I want…or at least a small Hong Kong sized version 😉

Yovanovitch update

While I was stalking, um, I mean checking out Pierre Yovanovitch’s website the other day I noticed a few new projects had been added…joy!

These all bear the trademark of Yovanovitch’s style – fresh, modern and always, always, full of great furniture. Check out his website for more!

Albano Daminato

It’s been another busy week. But then, is there ever any other kind for me lately? Thankfully I have a long weekend planned in Singapore to visit some good friends. Yay! Speaking of Singapore, I thought I’d share some photos of work by Interior Architect Albano Daminato who is based there. He’s done some incredible residential work, as well as the Aman resort in Bhutan, Amankora. More great pics to be found on his website…

Martin Brudnizki

I have some more new (to me) talent to share. Martin Brudnizki is a swedish born, but now London based designer (what is it with that place – its so full of hot designers, I think I might have to move over there!) – and a former employee of David Collins to boot! If his former employer doesn’t give you an idea of the eye candy you are in store for, I’m not sure what else will. He describes his interiors as luxurious, tailored and modern. A description I think is pretty fitting. Anyway, you be the judge – check ’em out and let me know what you think – will we be seeing more of Mr Brudnizki in the not too distant future…?

Munge Leung design

Its funny how we bloggers and design addicts seem to share a collective consciousness. I’ve mentioned it before, but I was reminded of it after receiving an email from one of my email buddies, Stuart Fox, about a great design firm he wanted to share with me. I had only just discovered them myself a day before. Spooky. The firm we were both drooling over was Toronto based Munge-Leung. Founded by previous employees of Yabu Pushelberg, they are producing some seriously beautiful work. Check it out!

Have a great weekend everyone, I know I will – I’ve been looking forward to it all week! 😉

Fabulous Frank

It’s no secret I’m a fan of Frank Roop’s work, so its no surprise that I also stalk his website…here are a few pics of a new project that have been posted since I last checked it out. This lovely home shows all the trademarks of a signature Roop interior…a great mix of furniture and styles, a stunning array of colours from the blue and green spectrum, and stylishly bordered curtains (see the living room image). Plus, its so bright and fresh looking. Does he only take on clients who have amazing light in their homes?