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Finding new decor ideas among East Asian inspirations, design objects, and iconic pieces at designers Lim+Lu's home
Renovating a traditional house in Hong Kong turning it into a contemporary showroom-apartment at the crossroads between East and West is what the designer duo Lim+Lu did. They transformed the interiors of the house pulling down the partition walls between rooms and created bright and versatile spaces.
The about 110 Sq m flat is located in a residential area in the Wan Chai neighbourhood, close to the Happy Valley racecourse. Before the restyling, it reflected the typical features of Hong Kong’s architecture, including a long, narrow, and dark corridor, three bedrooms, and two separate areas for the kitchen and the living room, all painted in dull colours.
Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu, partners in life as well as in business, transformed the flat into a lively, elegant, convenient, and flexible space thanks to a simple stratagem: replacing the walls with sliding doors in glass and black, powder-coated steel. A modern version of traditional shoji screens typical of East Asian interiors, providing a twofold advantage: flooding the rooms with light and allowing spaces to be reconfigured according to need.
Colours and upholsteries contribute to maintaining the coherence of the project and — at the same time — the identity of each room. The relax areas, bedroom and living room, are painted in white with black touches, while the open spaces of kitchen, office, walk-in wardrobe, and master bathroom are characterised by pastel or dark tones and decorative ceramic tiles.
The office is one of the most representative spaces of the entire apartment, it can be transformed in a dining area open to the living or in an intimate guest room thanks to the thick jade green curtains.
The style of the flat is fresh but sophisticated, due to the combination of different design furniture, it looks like a veritable showroom: pieces by the Lim+Lu duo, such as the sofa in the modern living room and the daybed from Mass collection, the Frame geometrical tables and the Lunar mirror, all featuring sparkling golden dazzles, coexist with furnishings by Le Corbusier, Ray and Charles Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and Jaime Hayón.
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