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Carl Gouw’s office is not the easiest place to find. Tranquillity, coupled with a laid-back attitude, the ACTS Studio office is tucked away in one of his own works, ACTS Rednaxela, a serviced apartment situated on the mezzanine floor in Central, far from the bustle of SoHo. I arrive on a sunny spring day for the interview where the plants at the entrance are perfuming the air, but behind the door lies another world. It’s poorly lit here, almost pitch-black, with only a dim light coming out from an array of tungsten lamps on one of the walls. From the ground floor up to his office on the third, the entire interior is clad in black, brimming with a chilling muted atmosphere. 要找到吳家耀的辦公室實在不容易。使徒 集團的辦公室隱藏在集團其中一個項 目—ACTS Rednaxela服務式住宅的閣樓內,遠 離中環熱鬧煩囂的蘇豪區,周遭氣氛寧靜閒適。 陽光明媚下的使徒集團辦公室入口處瀰漫植物的 香氣,門後卻是另一個世界。 室內牆上一排鎢絲燈透出微弱的燈光,環境昏黑 幽暗,幾乎伸手不見五指。吳家耀的辦公室位於 三樓,由地面到三樓,整個室內設計都是以黑色 為主,散發濃濃的時尚氣息,亦出奇地平靜。 The ambience may look grim to many, but this cold black mood perfectly reflects the character of Gouw – today he is in a black and white ensemble, looking faintly aloof and utterly calm with a bland face. With a particular fondness for hotels, Gouw has loved designing since he was a boy. His interest in space traces back to the influence of his first employer through an internship – Simon Jackson – a renowned designer who was also a client of his parents in 1994. “I’ve always been fond of design, particularly with hotels. Hotels have a holistic combination of architecture, interior and luxury. It’s charming,” the award-winning designer says courteously. He completed his first design project at 18. After years of experience working on design projects surrounding hotels and luxury residences, he founded ACTS Studio in 2005, focusing on hospitality, offices, residential and retail. 對大部分人而言,那裡的氣氛有點凝重,但冷冷 的黑色正好完美地演繹Carl的性格。今天他穿著 黑白色的衣物,隨和冷靜,而又胸有成竹。 Carl自小喜歡設計,特別是酒店設計。他曾在著 名設計師Simon Jackson的公司實習,自那時起 他對空間設計產生濃厚興趣。Simon不單是Carl 的第一位僱主,於1994年,亦曾是Carl父母的客 戶。 這位得獎設計師,彬彬有禮地說:「我一向對設 計有興趣,特別是酒店設計。一家酒店糅合建 築、室內裝潢及豪華舒適於一身,十分吸引。」 他在18歲時完成第一個設計項目。在累積多年 設計酒店和豪宅的經驗後,他於2005年創立使 徒集團,專注酒店、辦公室、住宅及零售項目。 23 Scan the QR code to take a journey to his office 請掃描二維碼參觀吳家耀的辦公室


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