Meet Evelyn: A Scandinavian Style Apartment in Hong Kong

YC Chen's Stylish Design Mixes Minimalism with Warmth

A Scandinavian Style Apartment by Hong Kong Designer YC Chen | Interior Design by YC Chen of hoo | Photography by hoo | Modern Sanctuary | Dining Area | Mid-Century Dining Area | Danish Dining Area | Living Area | Modern Living Area | Lighting
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11/01/2016

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:

“Why Scandinavian? 

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.”

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 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.

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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

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In this compact living area, Chen makes excellent use of built-ins for storage and as design statements.

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Sumptuous elements like a soft shag rug and nubby sofa fabric add texture and warmth, keeping the overall design from feeling too stark.

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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.

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I love the use of fabric in the bedroom. Warm curtains, soft bedding and a padded headboard make this a place to settle in!

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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.

Meet the designer YC Chen of hoo
Bio:

True Perfectionist. Passionate Surfer. Born in Shanghai. Raised in Hong Kong.

YC Chen studied in the United States and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration honors degree. He spent 11 years in the advertising industry as a creative director.

He then took his creativity to the interior design field and started his interior design brand “hoo” in 2009, creating one-of-a-kind HAUTE COUTURE homes. Has been making a difference ever since.

What is your design philosophy?
We look at all the details – that one picture frame, that one towel hook, that one light bulb – to deliver pure perfection. We believe it's the little things that make a big difference. And it's in those details that each home is ultimately defined.
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