Cindy Chao enters her Connaught Road showroom surrounded by personnel. Based in Taiwan, the founder of Cindy Chao The Art Jewel comes to Hong Kong whenever she can, which she admits isn’t as often as she’d like because of her busy schedule.
Her Hong Kong showroom is delightful. Dark wooden furniture, dimmed lighting and plump cushions stamped with the initial ‘C’ provide a welcoming atmosphere, as do the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for natural light to stream into the atmospheric space.
Walls are teeming with leather-bound tomes that are carefully arranged in black bookcases, while several of Chao’s kaleidoscopic Black Masterpieces glitter in glass cases, leaving no doubt that there’s simply no other jeweller capable of creating such artistry.
In conversation, Chao switches between being absolutely locked in one moment and a little forlorn in the next, as she recalls her journey to stardom, which in many ways seems predestined from childhood.