It’s been 20 years since Hong Kong-based designer Ed Ng and architect Terence Ngan founded AB Concept. In that time, the design firm gained renown around the world for its innovative concepts and rare ability to translate various cultural inspirations across its projects.
AB Concept’s multi-disciplinary portfolio includes luxury retail spaces, exclusive club houses, seaside resorts and towering luxury hotels around the world, not forgetting their luxurious new office at K11 Atelier in Hong Kong.
Then there is their recent project with Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. If you had spent a little time within the interiors of The Yun House, The Lobby Lounge or the award-winning Bar Trigona at the luxury hotel, you would have a taste of Ng and Ngan’s unique design sensibility.
With each project, the duo takes a deep and hard look at the locale and its history - less as an inspiration and more as an invisible force to guide them. Ng shares what goes into creating exceptional interiors, in particular the ones at Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur.
Is there any design trend that influences your style?
All the trends that we have seen throughout the years have contributed to our understanding of aesthetics. For example, with classic architecture you learn to appreciate proportions and scale, and how they relate to craftsmanship.
From the Art Deco period, you learn about exaggerated geometry and the impact it can have visually.
Meantime, minimalism enlightens us about how little we need to get by. Every trend is a chapter in our textbook.