Moving into a new home can often bring out the hoarders within us. What originally presents itself as an opportunity to refresh one’s interior aesthetic and to throw out unwanted furnishings can all too easily transform into an exercise in nostalgia, where the sentimental value of a worn-down sofa or an underused accessory is suddenly rediscovered, halting any well-intentioned attempts to clean out old possessions.
Some, however, can single out the hero pieces in their collection — the pieces they take with them across moves — with barely a thought. For this family, who recently moved to Fo Tan in the New Territories, it was their grand piano. The only piece of furniture they took with them to their new home, it now stands in pride of place in the living room amidst the rest of the home’s custom-made and imported furnishings.
Aside from speaking to the couple’s shared passion for music, the piano also exemplifies the apartment’s aesthetic of classical, European elegance. The couple tapped E F Design’s chief designer Eric Fung, whose work they had long admired and followed, to do the design of their new interiors, requesting a modern-classic French style with black, white, and grey tones at the forefront that reflects their love of the European nation. (Their admiration for French culture and brands is so strong that they even asked Fung to incorporate luxury bag purveyor Hermès’ signature stitching pattern into the apartment’s walls). Only minimal renovations were required: two bathrooms were removed to make space for a guest bathroom and a bedroom for the family’s domestic helper. The result is a spacious, four-bedroom home infused with extravagant touches that allows the six-person family to live comfortably.
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The living and dining area makes a statement with its marble floors and wall, black and white palette, and metallic accents such as the sculptures and chandelier. The space is clearly delineated into various sections without compromising on space, thanks to the black steel outline in the ceiling marking the sitting area and the glass and mirror steel partition next to the piano. The elegant vibes continue into the master suite with adjoining bathroom and cloakroom. The bedroom itself is a study in contrasts, with the simple beige headboard against a textured dark grey feature wall standing in stark opposition to the multicoloured TV wall. The exquisite bathroom is done up in glass and grey marble.
Venture into the bedrooms of the son and two daughters, and you’ll discover more colour. The first daughter’s room is practical, with a more natural look. The desk and wardrobe were combined for better efficiency. The other daughter’s room is a flight of fancy, with a princess-like sleeping area in pink and a white wardrobe. The son’s room, on the other hand, is simple and playful, with green featuring as the more masculine accent colour. The abode’s palette and overall air of elegance pull it all together while allowing each member of the family to express their individuality.
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