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“Apart from interior design we also serve as a developer and marketer to package the house for the market. This allows us to align focal points in the property as we also handle its landscape. “The design principle is simple. We keep the interior as clean and modern as possible, completed with earth tones on many décors to further enhance the outside-inside connection.” His next plan is a revitalisation project, aiming to give rebirth to a 93,000 square feet undeveloped site under the Kwun Tong Bypass, commissioned by non-profit group HKALPS. Adjacent to the Kwun Tong Promenade, the site is designed to be an alfresco art space with about 40 to 50 refurbished containers scattered on a sprawling green lawn, slated to complete next year, he says. To support the project, the government will pump some HK$20 million into the construction, while HKALPS is expected to chip in HK$2 million. You cannot learn space design, architecture in particular, from books, you need to practise. 你不可能單從書本中學到 空間設計,特別是建築, 而是需要實踐。 His success is, albeit not unprecedented, rare in Hong Kong. Many passionate young designers in Hong Kong face hardships due to limitations of an educational opportunity. Their dreams to become interior designers fade at a very early stage in favour of careers that are commonly considered more “practical” such as finance or marketing if they failed to enter university. While he admits that limited educational opportunities in Hong Kong is partly the reason for this, he insists that doesn’t mean a dead-end. “Both designers and architects have to be self-taught. Many overseas universities, particularly from the US, don’t provide architecture courses until master level. “You cannot learn space design, architecture in particular, from books, you need to practise. “Success doesn’t depend on your education level, it depends on your sense and interest with space and, of course, hard work.” Carl表示這幅地毗連觀塘海濱花園,將會打 造成一個戶外的藝術空間,在廣闊的草地上 將會有40至50個經修飾的貨櫃,整個項目會 於明年完成。 為支持這項計劃,政府將撥出2,000萬作建 築費,預計藝土民間亦要出資200萬。 Carl的成功雖非史無前例,但在香港實屬 罕有。 香港許多充滿熱誠的年輕設計師,面對不少 困難,亦缺乏教育的機會。他們希望成為室 內設計師的夢想,可能很早已落空,如果不 能進入大學,他們就要選擇更實用的科目, 如金融或市場推廣。 Carl承認部分原因是香港缺乏教育機會, 然而他覺得這不是絕路。 「設計師和建築師都要自學,許多海外的大 學,特別是美國的大學,要去到碩士學位, 才提供建築課程。 「你不可能單從書本中學到空間設計,特別 是建築,而是需要實踐。 「成功不在於你的教育水平,而是你對空間 的天份及興趣,當然還要加上努力。」 27


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