Sensual forms and rich textures define the spaces crafted by Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary design studio Cream—its rigorously designed and elegantly layered settings project a sense of old-world luxury and sophistication. This aesthetic is grounded in the background of the Hong Kong-based firm’s founder, Antony Chan.
Prior to setting up Cream, one of the firms he worked at was the namesake studio of acclaimed French interior designer Andrée Putman. Today, Cream regularly collaborates with a long-established network of fabric, marble, metal, leather and wood master artisans from England, France, Asia, and the US.
The interior design of this three-storey detached house in Hong Kong’s Deep Water Bay is a fine showcase of Cream’s ethos. The 3,767 sq ft property belongs to a well-travelled couple that enjoys the joie de vivre of Europe. “The clients came to us because they wanted a home that is a fully orchestrated work of art rather than a blend of different tastes and opinions,” says Chan.
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He likens it to a Japanese-style omakase fine dining experience, where the guests entrust the chef to decide on the dishes of a meal that features the finest seasonal ingredients available. “You will get a better and more satisfying experience if you leave it to the chef to orchestrate rather than adding your own suggestions to change the menu, although the chef can accommodate likes or dislikes.”
In the living room, the European influences come through in the leather sofas, backed by a custom bronze wall panel. The latter is composed of illuminated Murano glass elements reminiscent of candles, evoking the ambience of an Edwardian-era gentlemen’s club. “But the loose, organic pattern of the custom-designed carpet and the angular legs of the chic glass table are completely contemporary,” says Chan, emphasising the avoidance of kitsch in this elegant tableau.