To the public, GBM, JP, chairman of Hong Kong Ocean Park, Father of Lan Kwai Fong, are all titles associated with Allan Zeman. On a more personal level, He is also a designer, a creator, working his magic on a piece of fabric called life.
Some may find it strange that Allan is being described as a designer, but it is, in fact, a rather fitting title. Back in the days, he felt that Hong Kong lacked a relaxing western restaurant, and decided to open one in Lan Kwai Fong, Central. The narrow street gradually becomes a world-renowned nightlife brand, thanks to his foresight and endeavor. He was invited to become the chairman of Ocean Park, and managed to revive the then struggling theme park. The Halloween celebration introduced into Hong Kong by Ocean Park is a huge success in both business and creativity.
Creative and Inventive, Allan would participate in designing his homes and offices by communicating with the designers. When it comes to interior design and home décor, Allan favors a simple and clean look, and he has his own vision. He believes what makes a decoration good is not money, but good taste. And it is more fun to make a place warm and comfortable with nice décor and colors. Using mirrors and maximized windows to enhance the sense of space, using lighting to elevate the mood of the house, are all simple yet effective ideas that he shared with us. We know that he is creative and resourceful, but it is still surprising to learn that he even designs his own clothes. Just like many famous designers, Allan began designing his clothing when he couldn’t find what he wanted in the market. Just like he said, ‘I like to Lead, I don’t follow’.
Creativity is what Allan loves n enjoys, a necessity of his everyday life. No wonder when he was asked about his favorite way to relax, he told us that the answer is working—as there is creativity involved in every project—which he absolutely adores, and enjoys every second of it. To him, work is play. He encourages us to follow our passion, ‘If your work is something that you hate, you will never be good at it’. His passion lies in creativity, as well as in exercise. He exercises for 90 min daily, no matter what—maybe that is part of the reason why he looks so radiant. And he is not just working out for health, he enjoys exercising, the process itself—that’s why he never stops and exercise everyday. It is obvious that passion is indeed the strongest drive in the journey of life.
Extracted from Squarefoot – Luxe Indulgence Magazine
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