You can buy the perfect urban penthouse or three-storey villa by the beach, but until you find the right interior designer to properly outfit your abode, it’s never going to feel like the home of your dreams. Fortunately, Hong Kong has no shortage of independent designers and firms who can turn your space into something spectacular, whether you’re looking to furnish a new property or give your current residence a much-needed contemporary refresh. We’ve surveyed the landscape to handpick 10 interior designers and design firms that deserve to be on your radar. With impressive portfolios and a wide range of creative talents, there’s an option for every type of homeowner on this list.
Founded in 1999 by the designer/architect duo of Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, AB Concept has spent two decades building an ever-expanding global portfolio of luxury design projects for residential and commercial properties, not to mention the worlds of hospitality, wellness and F&B. In Hong Kong, you’ll have seen their work at Central’s New World Tower, the new Victoria Dockside, and The Chinese Library at Tai Kwun. On the residential front, meanwhile, they’ve designed three-level penthouses dripping with understated luxury in both Kau To Shan and Homantin Hill, as well as a glittering private home in Repulse Bay.
The name André Fu will be familiar to fans of high-end hotels in Asia: He’s the man responsible for the much-praised design at The Upper House, The St. Regis, and Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong; and the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Though he and his firm, AFSO, bear a strong association with the hospitality industry, their portfolio also includes art, retail, and restaurant projects. On the residential front, Fu and his team have brought contemporary elegance to a luxury condo in the Jean Nouvel-designed 52 W 53 tower in Manhattan, as well as 237 serviced residences at K11 Artus in Tsim Sha Shui.
After founding interior design firm Atelier Lane in Sydney in 2009, CEO and creative director Ellie Bradley spent two years in Singapore before relocating to Hong Kong in 2018. Since then, she’s been hired to oversee residential projects on Old Peak Road as well as in Jardine’s Lookout and Repulse Bay, where she’s consistently shown an affinity for neutral tones and natural light, creating calming, airy spaces that feel restrained and, ultimately, relaxing. Of particular note is her bold use of bathroom tiling, which wouldn’t look out of place in a hip boutique hotel in London.
Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui met in Paris and worked together in London before creating the design studio Bean Buro in Hong Kong in 2013. Given their multicultural backgrounds—Faure is French, Kinugasa-Tsui is half-Chinese, half-Japanese—the notion of cultural exchange is a hallmark of their work. Though their aesthetic leans in a minimalistic direction, the designers aren’t afraid to employ sculptural centrepieces or curving walls for dramatic effect. Highlights from Bean Buro’s residential portfolio include the refurbishment of a 2,500-square-foot apartment at Piccadilly Mansion in Mid-Levels, and a 1,200-square-foot apartment overlooking the racecourse in Happy Valley dubbed “Urban Cocoon” for its calming nature.
South Africa-born designer Deborah Oppenheimer began her career as an art director in the advertising industry, later launched a fashion label, and then opened her interior design business in Hong Kong in 1993. Her residential projects span Asia, the US and the UK; in Hong Kong, her portfolio includes design for homes in Clearwater Bay, Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. Though she has a professed love for clean lines, open space and symmetry, her designs are anything but boring. Rather, they’re often punctuated with bold artwork and eclectic statement pieces that give each home a unique sense of character.
Bright, clean, and contemporary are the first words that come to mind when surveying the work of multi-award-winning firm Grande Design, whose services encompass offices, retail spaces, visual merchandising and, most notably, homes. With a focus on maximising space efficiency, increasing storage space and creating customised furniture, this design juggernaut’s expansive portfolio includes residences in just about every corner of Hong Kong, from Park Island to Sha Tin. Recent highlights from Grande Design’s work include a multi-level high-rise apartment with a sky garden in Fo Tan and an apartment filled with plants and pops of colour at the Mount Pavilia development in Clearwater Bay.
After spending 11 years working in the advertising industry, Hong Kong-raised YC Chen created his own interior design company, hoo, in 2009. As creative director, he operates with the goal of creating one-of-a-kind haute couture homes for clients, adhering to a guiding principle that each person is unique and therefore each home should be equally original. Accordingly, no two hoo projects look the same, with a focus on even the smallest details to define each project’s character. Amongst their recent projects, a stylish 2,600-square-foot flat in Jardine’s Lookout designed for a stylish grandmother stands out with its French-style cupboard doors inlaid with mirrors.
A homophone for the Cantonese word for home, JAAK has specialised in minimalist apartment design since it was founded by Calvin Cheng and Chau Wing Chung in 2013. The firm’s clients include cafes and design shops, and that Instagram-friendly aesthetic fortunately bleeds over into their residential projects as well. Rejecting historical notions of luxury design, JAAK takes a less-is-more approach to home design, with an emphasis on geometric forms, plants and, most important of all, comfort. That’s incredibly important if space is a concern, but JAAK has worked on projects as small as 350 square feet and as big as 2,500 square feet, and everything in between.
Raised in Hong Kong and Canada, award-winning interior designer Nelson Chow studied men’s tailoring and worked for internationally renowned design firm AvroKO in New York City before establishing NCDA in 2011. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that his aesthetic gravitates towards the masculine, though he’s not afraid of whimsical flourishes. NCDA’s best-known work has been the interiors at F&B outlets like Foxglove, PDT, Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour and Mak Mak, but the firm also garnered acclaim for its Treehouse project, which employed a split-level design to cleverly maximise the limited space (370 square feet) of an apartment in Ho Man Tin.
Peggy Bels Interior Design
While many of Hong Kong’s interior designers like to keep things looking light and bright, French expat Peggy Bels doesn’t shy away from the darker hues of the colour palette. Black, grey, charcoal and dark blue are commonly seen in her residential projects, as she believes in the ability of dark background to make light colours pop and the way that rough textures lend character to a space. Working in Hong Kong since 2008, many of her wonderfully moody projects tend to be in Central and Sheung Wan, though she has also worked for clients farther afield in Ap Lei Chau and Cheng Chau.