At a 1,500 sq-ft apartment in Hong Kong's Tsimshatsui district, Hei:interior chief designer Moore Chen blends Oriental and modern influences with a light touch
Nearly a year ago, Perspective spoke with Moore Chen, chief designer of Hei:interior, about a residential project he had recently completed on the south side of Hong Kong Island (Perspective, January 2014). There, spatial flexibility was a critical element — achieving space efficiency has always been one of Chen's primary concerns — along with subtle Scandinavian influences (think clean lines and pops of colour against a muted, neutral backdrop) often found in his work.
By contrasting, at his latest project, a bachelor pad in Tsimshatsui, the client's appreciation of eastern cultures saw Oriental charm given full play by Chen. At first glance, this teakwood-led design speaks volumes about the level of sophistication which the owner wished to achieve for the apartment. In response, the designer took the bold step of creating wall panelling made of teak wood, setting the base palette for the unit's overall colour scheme.
Contrary to popular belief that as light colours will make room seem larger, darker hues will make the space feel smaller, Chen notes that the latter will, in fact, make the corners of a room appear to 'dissolve', thereby creating the illusion of more space. Taking this as his cue, he selected a delicate, warm palette from nature, which resulted in a more open, coordinated look throughout the apartment.
Green, for example, is handsomely engaged for a feature wall in the living room, where a hand-painted Chinese garden adorns the wallpaper and a green velvet three-seater sofa from Baker adds an elegant touch of luxury. In the bedroom, a deep red velvet is introduced as a wallcovering behind the bed, adding another level of texture against the teakwood walls.This is a preview of the "Made to last” article from the December 2014 issue of Perspective magazine.