Architect Couple Create a Serene Retreat Hidden in the Heart of Hong Kong HustlePosted: June 1, 2015
Leaving the urban clatter and chaos of Wan Chai for the home of architects Winnie Ling and Scott Findley is to enter a serene refuge.
“We love this part of town, we just like the vibrancy of it, plus the materials shops downstairs make a great resource library,” says Ling. “But I wanted [our flat] to be almost spa-like; a place I can come home to after work and feel like I can relax and be pampered.”
“We love this part of town, we just like the vibrancy of it, plus the materials shops downstairs make a great resource library…But I wanted…a place I can come home to after work and feel like I can relax and be pampered.”
Together they turned a cramped, three-bedroom 670 sq ft walk-up apartment into a contemporary, Asian-inspired, one-bedroom haven for two.
“We gutted the whole thing. Opened it up to space and light, but with flexibility and privacy, too.”
— Architect Winnie Ling
Although Ling acknowledges that married architects – both former directors at architectural practice RMJM – are bound to knock heads when designing their own home, the doubling up on expertise was a clear advantage.
On buying the flat four years ago, the pair agreed they would need to restructure the space. Working with a contractor, they opened it up into one long, narrow studio, with only the two bathrooms concealed. The living spaces are defined by partitions, furniture, light and mirrors…..(read more)
Dining area The stainless-steel dining table base and quartz stone top, and the chickenfeather- wood, Chinese-style screen were custom designed for Winnie Ling and Scott Findley’s former home, with the table modified to fit the new space. The Kwun Yum statue in cast bronze was purchased from Ovo Home (16 Queen’s Road East, tel: 2526 7226) while the ceramic tea set was bought years ago in the United States.
Living room The couch and pouffe set; stainless-steel desk, cabinets and office chair; and leather Cab armchairs by Cassina all came from the couple’s previous home, with the former cut down to fit the new layout (modification for HK$2,500 by Patrick Mau, tel: 2614 4118). Mirrored doors concealing deep storage cabinets were refitted from the previous property. The wrought-iron artefact stands (HK$3,300 each) were created to a custom size at Ovo Home, where the couple also purchased the painted metal wire display basket (HK$2,000), lit from beneath by an Ingo Maurer table lamp (no longer in production). An inverted tree base sculpture, from Lane Crawford Home Store (Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2118 3668), came from the previous apartment. A sliding etchedglass partition provides privacy in the bedroom. The Tolomeo Basculante desk lamp, by Artemide, came from Aluminium (58 Queen’s Road East, tel: 2547 5323).
Living room detail An aluminium-clad credenza was reduced in length from five metres to three metres (by Chit Tat Sing, tel: 2699 1156, for HK$5,000) to fit the new apartment. It showcases a limited-edition print by mainland artist Zhang Xiaogang, from Gallery du Monde (Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2525 0529), architectural photographs that were gifts from the couple’s photographer son, Jason Findley (JLF Studio; www.jasonlfindley.com), and a brush painting by their daughter, graphic artist Jessica Findley (www.sonicribbon.com). The series of bronze sculptures, by Liu Ruowang, were purchased from Gallery 1949 (www.elite-concepts.com), in Beijing. These are back-lit by star-shaped Christmas lights (HK$300) from Ikea (various locations; www.ikea.com.hk). Ling has used an artefact stand (about HK$2,200 from Ovo Home) to support a small, contemporary shrine made from an antique stationery box fitted with a smokeless LED “incense stick” (from Flea + Cents, 1/F, 36 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2528 0808).
Master bedroom The etched mirror doors and decorative headboard came from the couple’s previous apartment, with the latter comprising a framed artwork that was painted by Jessica Findley for her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. The Fritz Hansen adjustable side tables (HK$11,200 each) and the Tolomeo Mini lamp for Artemide (right; HK$2,800) were sourced from Aluminium while the Philippe Starck desk lamp (left) was from the couple’s previous apartment.
Study A self-levelling epoxy floor coating (HK$50 per square foot, through Cathy Coating, 14/F, 35 Tai Lin Pai Road, Kwai Chung, tel: 2633 4365) was used throughout most of the apartment. The stainless-steel table/desk with quartz stone top and the custom-built lacquered box file cabinet both came from the couple’s former property. The Tolomeo table lamp (HK$3,500) and Herman Miller Aeron chair (HK$9,500) came from Aluminium. The birdcage and stand, in painted steel wire, were from Ovo Home and cost HK$16,800 in total. The contractor, Jimmy Mok (Ko Shing Construction, tel: 9268 0146), created a steel-and-mesh window planter as part of the fit-out. The cream wool rug was bought years ago at Tai Ping Carpets (Prince’s Building, Central, tel: 2522 7138) and was cut by the store into three pieces to be reused throughout the flat.
Kitchen The plastic laminate and high-gloss kitchen cabinets were designed for the couple’s former home but reinstalled for HK$14,600 by Ultimate Kitchen (1/F, Sing Ho Finance Building, 168 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2894 9023) with new upper cabinet doors and slim LED under-cabinet lights….(read more)