A Designer/Artist Duo's Creative Hong Kong Home

A Designer/Artist Duo's Creative Hong Kong Home

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Viv Yapp
Sep 21, 2018

Name: Julie Progin and Jesse McLin
Location: Jardine's Lookout, Hong Kong
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years Lived In: 8 years, owned

Julie and Jesse met in New York, when they were both studying at Parsons School of Design. Having spent a good five years there, the couple decided to relocate to Hong Kong eight years ago, back to the place where Julie was born.

The couple found this colonial-style apartment in Tai Hang, a neighborhood where Julie grew up in. They brought lots of things back with them from the States when they moved here, including repurposed school lockers for storage and a vintage barber's chair that they found in a flea market in Hudson, New York.

"As designers and artists we love to collect—objects, prints, toys, seed pods, ceramic, vintage hardware," Julie says. Indeed there are so many beautiful objects to be admired—little vases, bowls, plates, ceramic lampshades—many of them designed and created by the couple themselves in their own homeware brand Latitude 22N. "We display only a few items and store the rest so every now and then can switch them out to rediscover them—it makes the apartment feel new each time."

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic.

Inspiration: Light, air, nature.

Favorite Element: Balcony with full doors opening up to nature and a wonderful view of Hong Kong. We love to garden and spend time on the balcony.

Biggest Challenge: Decluttering.

What Friends Say: There is always something new, curious, and interesting to look for.

Biggest Embarrassment: The guest bathroom, which we never got around to renovate and that guests have to share with our cat.

Proudest DIY: Being able to test, live, and use our own line of ceramics at home.

Biggest Indulgence: Our ceramic collection from other artists and designers we admire.

Best Advice: As designers and artists we love to collect—objects, prints, toys, seed pods, ceramic, vintage hardware... We display only a few items and store the rest so every now and then can switch them out to rediscover them—it makes the apartment feel new each time.

Dream Sources: Paris Flea Market in Saint-Ouen—we visit every time we go to Paris.

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
Dulux — French Silver
Dulux – Oxford Blue
Dulux — White on White

ENTRY
Vintage hooks — Paris Flea Market in Saint-Ouen
Garland lamp — Tord Boontje
Ceramic Artwork – Bae Se Jin
Bowl collection – Flea market in Jingdezhen
Marble top table – Salvaged from a bar
Print – Stephen Sollins
White porcelain lamp – Latitude 22N

LIVING ROOM
Frame TV — Samsung
Antony chair by Jean Prouvé — Vitra
Vintage Danish modern chair — Mooi
Red Jielde loft lamp — Jielde
Flat file that doubles as a coffee table — Cobol
Barber chair – Flea market in Hudson, New York
SML Candleholders — Latitude 22N
Industrial Lockers — Jersey Industrial Equipment Co.

DINING ROOM
Dining Table Three — Another Country
Song tableware – Latitude 22N
Photography — Caroline Chiu
Painting — Jesse Mc Lin
Two vintage German school chairs — Mooi
Wooden Loop chairs — Pili Wu

KITCHEN
Kitchen cabinets — IKEA
Vintage-style handles — BHV Paris
Basics Lamp — Latitude 22N

BEDROOM
Modu-licious nightstand — Blu Dot
Jielde lamp – Paris Flea Market in Saint-Ouen
Cultiver bed linen — Cultiver
Display Cabinet — Dulton
Bloom Lamp — Latitude 22N

BATHROOM
Jielde lamp – Paris Flea Market in Saint-Ouen
Sink – American Standard

JESSE'S STUDIO
Tables and cabinet custom made by Swiss brand Lista — Rainbow Asia
Blue & White plastic fabric covering the floor – Local market
Paintings and artwork – Jesse Mc Lin

JULIE'S OFFICE
Aria desk – Herman Miller
Pink filing cabinet custom made by Swiss brand Lista — Rainbow Asia
Clipboards – Local stationery store
Fragment(s) vases – Julie & Jesse

Thanks, Julie and Jesse!


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