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What makes a design great or a building a landmark? Look at the Morpheus, Macau’s latest offering in the luxury hospitality sector, featured on the cover of this issue. Its free spirit, expressed through its organic exoskeleton structure, is what sets it apart – another legacy of the late architect Zaha Hadid.

There may be no definite answer to what makes good design, but innovation certainly helps. Self-taught British product designer Tom Dixon told those gathered at a media lunch in Hong Kong that he’s hoping to develop a motorcycle prototype. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s also creating a customised car or a bicycle, given his bold imagination. The same goes for British interior designer Katharine Pooley, also featured in this issue, whose flair for design is inspired by her adventures around the globe.

Much of this issue celebrates the next generation of talent. The global design industry is intriguing and forever evolving, and though spearheaded by big names, it is also in need of a new breed to drive it forward. We take a look at the graduate and master’s degree exhibitions from the architectural departments of The University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong and, judging by the results, there are already stars in the making.

At Perspective, we are in the business of recognising the best in design and nurturing talent. Last month, we held judging sessions in our offices for the upcoming A&D Trophy Awards’ student categories. The judges – all leading figures in the design industry – were highly impressed by what they saw.

We also hosted the 40 Under 40 Awards in May to acknowledge aspiring design talents in Hong Kong and Asia. We were encouraged to see that some of the recipients have already taken on exciting new projects. Architectural category winners Shuyan Chan, Bob Pang and Kevin Siu from local firm AaaM have created a visually arresting installation at PMQ, entitled Cuddle Bubble, that features ‘soap bubbles’ and clouds. And interior design category winner Dennis Cheung’s Studio RYTE has launched a modular furniture system for cats called CATSSUP, a vertical cat ‘tree’ for Hong Kong’s small homes. There are bound to be more exciting developments from these and other designers. Watch this space.

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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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Top of the world

Asecluded development comprising 14 townhouses, Overthorpe sits atop one of the highest points of Victoria Peak and above the fog line, commanding panoramic views of the harbour and the southern parts of Hong Kong Island. Its prestigious location lies within short distance of the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, offering plenty of entertainment and dining options.

With high efficiency ratio of 90 per cent three-storey detached house on offer consists of five bedrooms (three ensuites), a separated living and dining room, four bathrooms, a balcony, a private huge garden and spacious roof, a maid's room, a family room and two covered car parks.

In excellent internal condition, the house is fully and tastefully decorated, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, stylish false ceilings, a private bar area and a fitted, well-equipped kitchen. Different kinds of art pieces create a gallery-like yet simple design in the house.

The development is complete with a communal swimming pool and tennis court Transportation links to the city are convenient, with access to Central District only a 20 minute-drive away. The PeakTram is also dose by.

The house is available for sale by open offer.

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