YC Chen of hoo, gives each of his projects a name that reflects the personality of the home. Evelyn, this small apartment in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong is a Scandinavian design with a name descended from a Germanic word which means “desired.” Once you see the images of this striking home, I think you will agree with me that its moniker is well-deserved.
Although Scandinavian is just one design style that Chen is fluent in, it is one that he is strongly drawn to. Says Chen:
1. It’s clean, stylish, and not as cold as minimal.
2. It’s suitable for the limited space in Hong Kong.
3. It has a strong heritage from the good old mid-century modern days.
4. It is flexible.
5. It feels human.
6. And, it’s very affordable.”
The mid-century Danish dining table and chairs have an airy feel. Chen’s signature use of mis-matched lighting fixtures is beautifully demonstrated with these dining area pendants.
Everyone is unique. Likewise, every home should have its own character. That’s why we design each of them differently. To ensure its originality. Its individuality. Its distinctiveness. YC Chen
In this compact living area, Chen makes excellent use of built-ins for storage and as design statements.
Sumptuous elements like a soft shag rug and nubby sofa fabric add texture and warmth, keeping the overall design from feeling too stark.
The use of the same monochromatic tile on the floor and wall creates a perception of more space and a higher ceiling in the galley kitchen.
I love the use of fabric in the bedroom. Warm curtains, soft bedding and a padded headboard make this a place to settle in!
This Hong Kong apartment’s simple, yet elegant ambience is a strong demonstration of Chen’s perspective on Scandinavian style as a perfect backdrop for any interior.