INTERIORS / 40 UNDER 40 2017

Alex Mok, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Briar Hickling, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Alex Mok & Briar Hickling
Co-founders, Linehouse, Shanghai

Alex Mok and Briar Hickling are founding partners of interdisciplinary architectural design practice Linehouse, which was established in 2014. Counting co-working space WeWork and some of Shanghai’s hippest restaurants as its clients, it was awarded Emerging Interior Practice of the Year by World Interior News in 2015. Its work has also been recognised by the Design for Asia Awards, Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, and A&D Trophy Awards.

Prior to starting her own practice in Shanghai, Hickling was a senior associate for China’s leading architectural and design practice Neri & Hu. Before moving to Shanghai, Briar worked in New Zealand for award-winning hospitality designers Allistar Cox. Mok also worked for Neri & Hu. Prior to that, she worked for Niall McLaughin Associates in London.

Ben McCarthy, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Ben McCarthy
Founder & director, Charlie & Rose, Hong Kong

Ben McCarthy is a qualified interior architect with 15 years’ experience in design and development across the retail, residential, commercial and hospitality sectors. He founded Charlie & Rose in 2011, a design studio focused on producing innovative and sustainable properties. Past clients include some of the hippest names on the Hong Kong restaurant and bar circuit, such as Brickhouse, Stockton, Limewood and Mr & Mrs Fox.

Prior to forming Charlie & Rose, McCarthy was at the London-based property developer Candy & Candy following a number of years at leading design firm Hassell in Australia. His work has been recognised by a number of industry bodies including the Royal Australian Institute of Architects the Design Institute of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia.

Elaine Lu, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Vincent Lim, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Elaine Lu & Vincent Lim
Co-founder and Managing director & Co-founder and Creative director, Lim + Lu, Hong Kong

Elaine Lu is the co-founder and managing director of multidisciplinary design practice Lim + Lu. She received her BArch from Cornell University’s College of Architecture and has worked for Boldsen & Holm Architects in Copenhagen, Robert AM Stern Architects, and Tiffany & Co. Store Design in New York City.

Vincent Lim is the co-founder and creative director of Lim + Lu and, like Lu, received his BArch from Cornell University. He has worked in the offices of Davidclovers, Gravity Partnership, and CL3 Architects in Hong Kong, as well as Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York. Lu and Lim were chosen as one of the six Rising Asian Talents by Maison et Objet Paris and will represent Hong Kong at the Maison et Objet fair in Paris this September.

Emma Maclean, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Emma Maclean
Senior designer, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Hong Kong

A graduate of the University of Technology in Sydney, Emma Maclean specialises in high-end hospitality design, having worked at BLD and current employer HBA. During her time at Steve Leung Designers, Emma worked alongside renowned interior designers Kelly Hoppen and Barbara Barry. In her current capacity as senior designer at HBA, she focuses on creating beautiful, functional high-end luxury interiors while fostering relationships with clients and designers in preparation for collaborative opportunities. Maclean has also reached out to students, providing talks and arranging internships at HBA. Recent projects include renovating the spa at Cordis hotel in Hong Kong and designing the show flat at luxury residential development One Shenzhen Bay.

Geila Daughtrey, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Geila Daughtrey
Creative director & owner of Rockett Studio, Singapore

Rockett is an interior design consultancy that creates bespoke design experiences for restaurants, bars and hospitality projects.

Daughtrey founded Rockett in early 2014, having spent 12 years honing her skills working for leading architects and designers in London and Singapore. With projects spanning across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, she has designed restaurants for Gordon Ramsay and also counts Kempinski Hotels, Accor Hotels, BMW, Rolls-Royce, and the global private members’ club Quintessentially among her clients.

One of Daughtrey’s most recent projects, Italian fine dining restaurant Monti in Singapore, was a Silver A’ Design winner last year. In 2015, she was nominated for the Singapore President’s Design Awards, and in 2014 she was named Asia’s Top Designer at the Singapore Design Awards.

Jaco Pan, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Jaco Pan
Founder & design director, Minggu Design, Nanjing

Minggu Design was founded by architect and interior designer Jaco Pan in Nanjing in 2007. He is focused on the way design innovation creates social progress and the role traditional Chinese architecture plays in contemporary society. Using traditional construction techniques, projects he’s worked on include Bamboo’s Eatery, a minimalist bamboo-themed restaurant in Nanjing that was a Golden A’ Design Award winner in 2016, and Nanjing’s Orange Crystal Hotel Lobby, another Golden A’ Design Award winner last year.

James JJ Acuna, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
James JJ Acuna
Founder & creative director, JJ/ABA, Hong Kong & Manila

With offices in Hong Kong and Manila, JJA / Bespoke Architecture (JJ/ABA) was founded in 2016 by creative director, James JJ Acuna. A graduate of Cornell and Columbia University Architecture programmes, Acuna has worked on a wide range of lifestyle and workplace projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and throughout Asia for clients including Swire, Sun Hung Kai and Hong Kong Land under Hong Kong-based Architecture firms RLPHK, Woods Bagot, and LWK. For the past five years, Acuna has also run a social-media platform,, that reports on various design trends in travel, architecture, art, and interior design in the region.

The studio has already achieved a Silver Award delegation from the Hong Kong Design Awards for its work on the Elephant Grounds restaurant on Star Street.

Katherine Wong, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Katherine Wong
Principal, Katherine Wong Design Studio

Focusing on interior design and furniture, the Katherine Wong Design Studio (KWDS) was established in 2014 with a view to developing spaces that marry aesthetics with practicality. KWDS works include high-end retail like The Armoury Stores in Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai, the Rupert Sanderson China flagship store in Shanghai, and bar concepts such as Bitters and Sweets in Hong Kong.

Raised in Hong Kong and Canada, Wong received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and BArch from The Rhode Island School of Design. She worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York on commercial high-rises, hotels, and museums in the States, Europe and the Middle East. Wong also co-founded a yoga-wear line, Omberry Living Aesthetics, in 2011

Lorène Faure, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui
Founding design directors, Bean Buro

Established in Hong Kong in 2013, Bean Buro is an emerging architectural and interiors practice. Founders Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui work with a team of international designers to provide architecture, interior, installation, furniture, product and master-planning design services. It has worked with Uber, Leo Burnett, Warner Music, Kerry Logistics, and was shortlisted for the Architizer A+ Awards 2017 and Archdaily China Architecture Awards 2017.

Born in Paris, Faure studied under renowned architect/critic Sir Peter Cook at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, where she graduated with honours and was shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Silver Medal.

Hailing from Hong Kong, Kinugasa-Tsui studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. He was actively engaged in the British design industry in London between 2003-2013, where he became an assistant at Richard Rogers Partnership and project architect at Urban Salon Architects. Kinugasa-Tsui has also lectured at The Bartlett, The Royal College of Art, Oxford Brookes, and Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture.

Maxime Dautresme, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Maxime Dautresme
Founding partner & creative director, Substance, Hong Kong

Multidisciplinary brand and design agency Substance was founded in 2011 in Hong Kong and now has a presence in Paris and Stockholm. Past clients include LVMH Moët Hennessy, Shanghai Tang, Hermès, Four Seasons and Shangri-La.

An itinerant childhood in Brazil, Korea, Japan, France and the States helped founder Maxime Dautresme develop a keen eye for beauty and culture, while a love of research has given him a deep respect for the past. He started his career at the Christian de Portzamparc Atelier of Architecture in Paris, and later spent time in New York, Miami, Shanghai and Hong Kong with TBWA, Ogilvy & Mather and DDB.

Rowena Gonzales, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Rowena Gonzales
Founder & principal interior designer, Liquid Interiors

Rowena Gonzales has more than 14 years of international interior design experience working in commercial interiors, luxury hospitality, retail, F&B and bespoke residences. She started Liquid Interiors to fulfil her passion for sustainability, health and wellness and to become a major contributor to the green interior design revolution.

Experienced in creating building that follow the eco-friendly processes of LEED ID+C, BEAM Plus and Well Building Standard principals, the designer is well known in the industry for her informative and educational blogs and believes in creating sustainable interiors that improve health and well-being.

Prior to founding her own company, Gonzales worked as a senior interior designer for CL3 Architects on projects for Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Mira Spa in Hong Kong.

Zhao Shichao, Interiors, 40 under 40 2017
Zhao Shichao
Project designer, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Hong Kong

Holding a Masters in Design Practices from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a BA in Interior Design from Tsinghua University, Zhao Shichao has spent the past six years working as a project designer at Hirsch Bedner Associates.

In her current role, she has worked on several major hospitality developments in China and Taiwan, including Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung, Tainan Crowne Plaza Hotel, InterContinental Foshan hotel and Taichung Showtime Shopping Mall. Zhao is focused on connecting her buildings with their neighbourhoods, the spaces between them becoming a vital part of the urban fabric. The designers names history as her main inspiration.