A global CEO and owner of this duplex apartment in Wanchai desired a hotel style living space, acting as his primary residence when in town, while simultaneously providing the perfect stage to entertain friends and associates. B Squared Design Ltd principal architect (March MIT, AB Harvard University) introduced a largely neutral palette to the lower level living area, adding texture and colour through the choice of both modern, antique, and bespoke furniture and striking artworks, creating a boutique art gallery feel. Shades of red intersperse the scene, beautifully capturing the owner’s bold character and personality.
The restful tones in the master bedroom and guest bedroom continue the ‘hotel’ theme style, while the innovative, customised Murphy bed designed by Ms. Butler herself provides another bedding option in the home-office that features a monochromatic palette intended to set a restful mood for the CEO owner to catch up on work from home. The rooftop, transformed into a Moroccan-themed entertaining area, extends the complementary colour palette to the downstairs living area. The custom-made dining table, capable of accommodating 10 people, sits amongst an oasis of outdoor lounging area for large parties, capturing the essence of a chic night spot set against the magnificent Hong Kong skyline. The rooftop is complete with a fully stocked drinks bar, restaurant capable facilities, heating, lush greenery, Bluetooth connection to downstairs, and comfortable seating areas for both large group gatherings and intimate tête-à-têtes.
The project incorporated the owner’s love of modern art and sculpture alongside his passion for twentieth century furniture. The distinct sought-after pair of reddish-brown leather CAB Mario Bellini for Cassina lounge chairs in the living area are the hero furniture pieces, perfectly tying to the modern art works, providing a striking but complementary setting to coalesce the colour scheme. In the main entrance area, a butler’s style table acts as a console and adds a slightly masculine edge to the room. Ms. Butler understood the owner’s predilection for a male-oriented space, without tipping the style too heavily toward a completely male haven.
The sculptural spiral staircase (leading guests to the rooftop entertainment area) flanked by a series of custom leather storage benches, along with geometric artwork, grounds the colour scheme. A small breakfast area was created with the addition of a round table featuring an intricate woven steel stand and two warm toned chairs to heighten the mood of a café/hotel meeting area. With this innovative project, Ms. Butler has used her bold and artistic talents to provide the client with a truly unique multi-purpose space: a stylish gallery, restaurant and office in one. There is also subtle but conscious attention to sustainability throughout: using energy efficient electrical units (HVAC) and water-saving appliances in the kitchen and bathrooms. This project was recently featured in one of Hong Kong’s leading interior design magazines and Ms. Butler herself was featured in Home Journal’s December 2017 edition as one of ‘the must-know’ interior designers in Hong Kong.