A new addition to the design-centric Sheung Wan area will appeal to anyone with an eye for bespoke beauty
Long known for its antique-oriented businesses, Hollywood Road – where a number of galleries have sprung up in recent years – has gradually developed into a contemporary art district. DeeM, a new store in the neighbourhood offering collectibles, exclusive original artwork and vintage pieces, is a perfect match with the vibe of the area.
So what’s DeeM all about?
Debra Little is a Hong Kong-based interior designer and in her interior work, she has always designed products, sourced all aspects of interior furnishing, and commissioned artists, so DeeM is a natural progression.
What makes DeeM different?
With 25 years’ experience in interior design, Little carefully curated a collection that reflects her eye for detail, her passion for designs that transcend time and her appreciation for both old and new furniture, lighting, objects and art. The product range is diverse yet keenly focused – a fine balance between the contemporary and the classic.
So art is a crucial component?
DeeM has made the deliberate gesture to exhibit the artists’ work among the furniture and objects, showing customers how to live with art. We want visitors to browse through our selection and discover the unusual and the unexpected. We represent artists we love – from the contemporary to historic – with work that we feel has a real point of difference to what’s currently on the Hong Kong market, but is complementary with our vision.
How does the interior design contribute to DeeM’s mood?
The stripped-back interiors reveal Little’s love for authenticity and tradition. Building on the basics, she layered the raw shell with a rich palette of muted mauves, mustards, blue greens and warm greys, creating a very different shopping experience in Hong Kong’s retail scene.
What kind of items will visitors find at DeeM?
An original 1970s sofa from modern American designer Edward Wormley with a Jack Lenor Larsen velvet upholstery, era-defining 1930s plaster busts from New York sculptor Walter Rotan, a 1940s outdoor rocking chaise by Walter Lamb as well as selected contemporary designers’ work, including Bec Brittain’s brass molecular shaped chandeliers, hand-cut Indian glassware, finely-crafted Australian furniture and Japanese ceramics.
Any of Little’s designs available?
Little offers her own beautifully-crafted objects, light fittings and furniture here. Custom made from brass, wood, steel, resin and leather, the range is sculptured and sophisticated, raw yet luxurious. Several items also fuse the modern edginess with design classics.