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Art Affair

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are two of the world’s most important art institutions and, for me, must-sees on any trip to the city. In addition to showing the remarkable works of Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and David Hockney among many others, the museums themselves are impressive architectural works of art. Art and architecture; artists and architects: all are historically associated.

Take MoMA for example. Built in a contemporary style, the structure has gone through several renewals, from respected architect Philip Johnson and Japanese designer Yoshio Taniguchi to the newest development proposed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. Pritzker Prize-winner Jean Nouvel has also joined the party with schemes for the residential building 53W53 – on top of the museum.

Hong Kong, one of the world’s fasting-growing cities, is Asia’s counterpart to New York. Its urban landscape is ever-changing – buildings are constructed, renovated, expanded and sometimes demolished. The city faces the dilemma of pursuing the new while preserving the old. For that reason, The Murray hotel has become one of the city’s most anticipated developments. The structure’s original architect Ron Phillips, whose innovative energy-efficient designs were drawn up half a century ago, has assisted a younger generation of architects from Foster + Partners to breathe new life into this Hong Kong landmark.

Art is in the city’s air this month. Led by Art Basel and Art Central, Hong Kong will host world-class exhibitions and leading talents from the fields of art, architecture and design. At Perspective, we have been recognising Asia’s young creatives since 2007 with the 40 Under 40 Awards. The response to this year’s event has been particularly enthusiastic. Stay tuned to find out who this year’s winners will be.

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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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Sustainability is a topic not to be ignored. Whether updating home interiors or planning a complete revamp of your abode, it is worth adding environmentally friendly elements to your design.

There are a few simple steps that can guide you towards green living: apply eco-friendly paints that are non-toxic and low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds); invest in eco-wood furniture and purchase wood products that are reclaimed, sustainably sourced and comply with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards; choose products, such as tableware, that are biodegradable and compostable; or simply pick a chair that is made from 100 per cent recyclable plastic. Such measures are easy, but can make all the difference to the health of our planet

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