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Seven years ago, I began my career at a company where the majority of staff are women – only two, at that time, were men. That was Vogue China. Helmed by the Chinese version of Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, the editor-in-chief is leading a female crusade that publishes the quintessential fashion bible – one that men in the country look up to. The women at Vogue China are stylish, confident and powerful, but chief among all, harder working than many others in the industry. Starting in an office like that was empowering and, fortunately, I’m still working with a cluster of forwardthinking people. But women’s issues have not been on the wider agenda until recently. Professor Nasrine Seraji, head of Hong Kong University’s Faculty of Architecture and student judge of this year’s A&D Trophy awards, told me that half of architectural students are women, but the percentage who actively practice is less than a third – and much less when it comes to women who are partners in architectural firms. What prevents female graduates and professionals from reaching their full potential? Clearly, something, somewhere is falling short.

Women’s issues have never been so under the global spotlight as they are now, from accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of authority to questions about pay and promotion. Such matters will continue to be debated at length around channels beyond the pages of this magazine, I’m sure. For our part, we have chosen to celebrate the work of women creatives who have gained significant independent success internationally. On the cover is South Africa-born Kelly Hoppen, who has been dubbed ‘the queen of interiors’ for her style and drive. Also in this issue, Hong Kong’s Joyce Wang, who is responsible for many of the city’s more tasteful hospitality destinations, chats about one of her latest projects at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Hella Jongerius, from the Netherlands, explains her interpretations of the use of colour in products and interiors. And Seraji, who was born in Iran, studied in London and moved to Paris where she established her own company – and who also now lectures in Hong Kong on architecture as well as gender topics – talks about the role of women in architecture and design. “We cannot take the issues of inequality so lightly,” she notes. In studying women’s achievements, we look forward to the day of acclaiming the work of, perhaps, more Zaha Hadids – brilliantly talented architects who are celebrated for their work, regardless of their sex.

Leona Liu

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The height of achievement

Each year, we spend a considerable but enjoyable amount of time reviewing the best designs that Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific and beyond have to offer. The result of this process is the A&D Trophy Awards. Recognising excellence in architecture, interiors and product design for both professionals and students, the awards ceremony has grown into a must-attend event for the industry.

This year, we’ve seen a boom in the interior design category, in terms of both quantity and quality. China has topped the list, with projects not only in major metropolises such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, but also second-tier cities like Suzhou, Changsha and Wuhan. The country’s creativity has survived and thrived despite government moves to discourage the more extreme examples of architecture. Neri&Hu, headquartered in Shanghai, continues to lead the field, having been crowned last year’s grand winner. Beijing’s INS Architecture Studio, Shenzhen-based Matrix Interior Design, to name just two, are among the many practices acknowledged by the international judging panel.

Hong Kong has long been a gateway between China and the rest of the world, not only for commerce but also for ideas. Cheng Chung Design, helmed by Hong Kong-born Joe Cheng, seeks to redefine China’s hospitality scene with bold and innovative schemes for Shenzhen Marriott Nanshan Hotel and Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou. Designers from across Asia, as well as America and Europe, have also showcased their own strong regional influences.

One thing that all our judges agreed upon was the healthy state of the design industry, noting in particular the advances in environmentally-friendly building technology and that which takes the well-being of users into account.

It remains for us to say a big thank you to our judges, and congratulations to all our winners.

Leona Liu

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An occasional refurbishment is required for all properties, to make the living environment a more pleasant one and ro increase the value.

This can be achieved through several measures, such as replacing the flooring, painting the walls or adding new furniture. Small changes do make big differences.

The Key is getting something of a make-over, too, with a new combined issue. We have given the magazine a fresh look, a deaner design and a more focused content. Expect more combined issues to come.

At The Key, we are dedicated to bringing you the most comprehensive luxury-house listings from Hong Kong's most prestigious areas. We hope you will enjoy our new look and updated content.

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