Perfectly rectangular sq footage, sky high ceilings, greenery everywhere, 2 storeys to yourself with an affordable price tag in land deprived Hong Kong? Now that's a rarity... in Central. Travel out, and venture into Aberdeen - an increasingly popular enclave of converted commercial buildings.
Wong Chuk Hang's loft fantasy - The Factory is a prime example of hipster living
Mauro Marchesi car park
More walls of comic strips
Even the directory is oozing coolness, Manks, the Scandinavian lifestyle store takes up an entire floor. And the duplex? To die for.
2,000+ s.f.studios flat starting at at an affordable HK$10 per square foot. Not too shabby!
This happy yellow sweater dude seems to know what he's doing. I want to rob his flat, yes, every single itty piece of thoughtful accumulation. Can we have more vintage shops, flea markets and affordable galleries in HK so that people can have MORE TASTE?
Those northern Europeans really know how to work a space. Effortless yet organised, livable yet eclectic and none of that Hi, I have an expensive designer home feel, Eyespy is utterly jealous. See more from my favourite Swedish interior blogger Emma
Headstrong about avoiding the ubiquitous Swedish 365 imprint from polluting your very household proves a challenge. Alternatives JapanHome and PriceRite scream cantodeluxe while Lane Crawford Home drains the dineros. Eyespy Lightbulb moment. Introducing the home-grown Loveramicswith its gorgeous brick walled showroom with pretty plates hung neatly in Man Mo Temple Sheung Wan, boasting eye-catching designer pieces at Made-In-China prices. HK$50-150 for a victorian eared mug and stackable cup and saucers at HK$150. Various other ornamental sets available. Say goodbye to Ikea!
A sniff from AV, the 18th/19th century inspired typewriter glory terracotta ceramics whimsical wizards from France. The plates are to die for (Thai Basil and Simply Life both robbed their collection (I assume, replicas) for their tableware) Sadly, I find the Hong Kong scent appalling. What are your thoughts?
Finally, luxury design firms are considering the lives of size constrained home owners! (Why Hello, Hong Kong!) Italian home furnishing giant Poliform and their kitchen design sister Varenna launched a stunning site My life in 80 square meters (that's about 860 sq ft to my fellow non-metric readers) with the motto High Design /Low Budget, inspiring even the smallest of space towards function and form. I don't consider an entry level kitchen with a price tag of HK$250,000 low budget, but they are indeed beautiful and space saving. My favourite solution is the dresser posed as a separator/wall , a functional yet aesthetically appealing addition to the bedroom. Please Poliform, deliver more! We don't want to solely succumb to the small space monopoly of Ikea. I want to BUY this flat ! What do you think?
Casually stacked in a corner, as a coffee table with books adorned, perched on top of a bookshelf, lid open with scarves and accessories spilling out, the vintage suitcase is a versatile way to transform an other wise character lacking living room to a tastefully eclectic space! Chen Mi Ji is the place to acquire a piece of this. Absolutely urban hipster!
Chen Mi Ji G/F Sun Street, Wanchai Tel 2549 8800 11am - 7pm
Up and coming neighbourhood, Tai Ping Shan Street region is getting hipper than ever! Affordable rent/convenient location equates slow invasion of creative types in edgy sunglasses, ad agencies, photo studios and galleries, vintage clothing shops alongside dinky dai pai dongs and shirt flip mechanical workers at their various car repair shops. One particularly outstanding, old Chinese Tong Lau turned schnazzy bachelors' duplex 55 Tung. Check out the old-school iron windows and the fancy East meets West decor. Rent? Yuppie price tag of HK$60,000 a month. Ouch.