Rest assured, the best of both worlds – classical Chinese design and British craftsmanship – culminate in a luxury bed that combines tradition and technique
The Steve Leung and Savoir Beds design collaboration was three years in the making. The bed created was launched in November and is the result of skilled craftsmanship, creative collaboration and dedicated design work. The Screen Bed is influenced by the structural and decorative details of Chinese Ming dynasty furniture and while the design is contemporary, it is imbued with a hint of tradition. "I wanted to explore deeper into the Chinese history of artisans and craftsmanship, seeking an inspiration that could infuse a hint of heritage to my design," Leung says.
"The first thing was setting a direction: oriental beauty," says the designer of his initial approach. "Everything came from a folding screen. A folding screen [includes] privacy, security – exactly what we want in sleeping time. [I extracted] the iconic features and reinterpreted in a contemporary way on the bed. Traditional Chinese furniture is old but gold. The artistry is a national intangible cultural heritage of China. Ming style coheres with my style: minimal, simple, natural, beautiful; just like the Chinese philosophy."
I wanted to explore deeper into the Chinese history of artisans and craftsmanship, seeking an inspiration that could infuse a hint of heritage to my design
Prior to the unveiling and launch, Leung travelled to Savoir Beds in London for an in-depth understanding of the manufacturing process and to see the quality of the craftsmanship.
"It's a peaceful and cultivated environment for creation," says Leung. "Good communication and coordination between us (the designers) and the artisans. There's a close relationship between boss and staff, also among the artisans. Not like a factory, it's more organic – these elements allow artisans to focus on their works high-quality craftsmanship."
Officially launched at the Noblesse Lifestyle showroom in Ap Lei Chau on November 22, the event was co-hosted by Perspective, with editor Hannah Grogan taking part in a live sharing session with Leung on the night.Guests were provided with an intimate understanding of the design process and the effort that went into creating the bed. Martin Warbrick, sales and marketing director of Savoir Beds flew from the UK for the event, which was also attended by Brandon Chau, managing director of the Noblesse Lifestyle Group.
During the informative and entertaining night of industry networking, Leung hinted at the possibility of future partnerships: "It was a pleasant collaboration experience this time – very happy and smooth. I'm looking forward to the next collaboration."