Interiors / 40 Under 40 2016

Alvin Tjitrowirjo, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Alvin Tjitrowirjo
Founder, AlvinT Studio | Jakarta, Indonesia

A graduate of Australia’s RMIT University, Jakarta-based Alvin Tjitrowirjo established his design firm, AlvinT Studio, in 2010. He has collaborated with Indonesia’s leading architects, interior designers and as well as commercial brands ranging from consumer electronics to F&B companies.

The studio’s latest collaboration is with well known conceptual F&B specialists Ismaya Group for Collete&lola. AlvinT Studio also collaborated with TOTO in 2013, designing an exclusive sanitary collection called TOTO TOJA specifically for southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Among other projects, AlvinT has designed art installations for BMW and Lamborghini, and currently works on wide range of interiors projects from restaurants and bars to hotels and apartments.

Christina Luk, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Christina Luk
Founder & director, Lukstudio | Shanghai, China

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Christina Luk achieve a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto in 2002, obtaining her OAA architect license before relocated to Shanghai, China, in 2007.

With wide experience in urban planning, heritage conservation, mixed-used architectural complexes, institutional, hospitality interiors and gallery exhibit design, Luk founded Lukstudio in 2011. The company’s projects have been widely published by international media, including Perspective, Condé Nast, Cosmobride, D+A, Darc, Deco, Domus, Dwell, Elle, Frame, Hospitality Design, Hospitality Interiors, ID+C, and Tatler.

Lukstudio’s recent project, Noodle Rack, was named by Azure magazine as one of the Top 10 Interiors of 2015, and the studio was listed by GOOOOD as one of top 10 young designers in 2015.

Chu Chih-kang, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Chu Chih-kang
Design director, Chu Chih-Kang Space Design | Kaohsiung City, Taiwan; and Shenzhen, China

Born in Taiwan, Chu Chih-kang studied traditional Chinese painting at the National Taiwan University of Arts before earning a Master’s degree in product design and architecture at Shih Chien University in 2007. Established in 2010, Chu Chih Kang Space Design has offices in Kaohsiung and Shenzhen, where Chu is now based.

Thanks to his extensive background in traditional Chinese painting, Chu has developed a keen sense in the area of space and dimensions, as demonstrated in his creation for the Fangsuo Bookstore in Chengdu, China. A specialist in commercial space design and conceptual projects, he is also involved in product design and exhibition planning, and has received multiple international design awards.

Cyrus Mok, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Cyrus Mok
Interior designer, LWK & Partners | Hong Kong

Before joining LWK & Partners, Cyrus Mok was a project director at Panorama. Accolades he has won include the TID Award for Commercial Space for his participation in Skytel hotel in Chengdu in 2014, and an IF Design Award in 2015. His Yue restaurant was shortlisted for the Restaurant & Bar Design Award in 2015. Some of his projects, including Yue Restaurant, Water Courtyard House and Parkview Club, were featured in Design Magazines and Publications.

Involved in a wide spectrum of spatial design projects including F&B, retail, hospitality and clubhouses, Mok, a graduate of the Hong Kong Design Institute, has been exploring the crossover and mix of chemistry between different programmes, providing him with new insight and interpretation into design methodology.

Gavin Ho, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Gavin Ho
Design leader (interiors), Woods Bagot | Hong Kong

A design leader at Woods Bagot, Gavin Ho has won multiple international design awards, including being named the winner of the HKTDC x HKIDA Open the Box for Society competition at the InnoDesignTech Expo in Hong Kong 2015; second-prize at the Domus Academy Master Scholarship Design Award in Milan 2010; runner-up at the Interior Design Graduate of the Year Awards in Victoria, Australia 2010; Emerging Interior Designer of the Year and first prize in the at International-Design-Awards in Los-Angeles 2008; and first prize at the Sebal Green Furniture Design Award in Melbourne 2008.

Ho also volunteers at Woods Bagot’s Summer Students Workshop, and has participated in the Moleskine exhibition at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, and at Index, the interior design graduate exhibition at RMIT University.

Nelson Chow, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Nelson Chow
Principal, Nelson Chow Design & Architecture | Hong Kong

Raised in Canada, Nelson Chow is a New York State licensed architect who has worked on critically-acclaimed projects such as Steelworks Lofts, the W hotel and Madame Geneva Bar.

He later relocated to Hong Kong, where he joined the award-winning Edge Design Institute, specialising in the design of luxury homes and yachts. Since establishing NCDA in 2012, Chow’s work has been featured in a range of international media, including the South China Morning Post, Dezeen and ArchDaily Awards.

NCDA has also won numerous professional prizes for projects such as the Old Street Kobiteh restaurant, which received a 2014 Design for Asian Award; the Pak Loh Times Square restaurant, which received the 2014 Asia Pacific Interior Design Award Bronze Award; while the Mrs Pound restaurant was named by Time Out magazine as ‘one of the city’s most forward thinking and, frankly, best eateries.’

Simon Zeng, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Vincent Zhang, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Simon Zeng & Vincent Zhang
Co-founders & directors, Stylus Studio | Hong Kong

With a rich and solid foundation in international design, including stints with Hirsch Bedner & Associates, interior architects Vincent Zhang and Simon Zeng founded Stylus Studio in Hong Kong in 2013. Their projects range from luxury retail, residential and restaurant ventures to boutique hotels and commercial space.

Zeng has led several award-winning hotel projects throughout Asia — most recently, he won the HA+D Award for Design Excellence (2013), and an Idea-Tops International Space Design Award for Best Hotel Design (2012), both for his work on The St Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort.

Zhang, who obtained his Master’s degree in interior architecture in Paris, was the first Chinese member of CFAI (Conseil Français des Architectes d’Intérieur). After returning to Asia, he worked for HBA and then for the Gettys Group (Hong Kong) as senior project designer.

Tony Wong, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
Tony Wong
Chief designer, A Square | Hong Kong

With 15 years of extensive experience under his belt, Tony Wong joined A Square as design director in 2002. Specialising in modern, simple design, his speciality is space utilisation and conceptual design based on building intervals.

Focusing primarily on on residential projects, Wong adheres to the design concept of ‘life-based design’, which states that the design of a home should be based on the lifestyle of the occupant. The primary task of a designer must therefore be to satisfy the spatial and functional demands of the occupant, mastering not only the sense of aesthetics but also the visual balance. Stating that “famous works are reflected in tiny aspects”, each of Wong’s projects are extremely detail-oriented, resulting in the overall precision of the entire design scheme.

YC Chen, Interiors, 40 under 40 2016
YC Chen
Founder, hoo | Hong Kong

Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, YC Chen — who describes himself as a perfectionist — graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration honours degree after giving up interior design originally due to parental pressure.

After returning to Hong Kong, he spent 11 years in the advertising industry as a creative director, working for a range of agencies including Leo Burnett, Ogilvy, Chan Tsang Wong Chu & Mee Advertising and communion w. In 2009, without any prior interior design training, he started his own interior design brand, hoo, which stands for ‘home of one, one of a kind’. Believing that every home should have its own character, his projects are designed and named individually, resulting in ‘haute couture homes’.