Name: YC Chen, Kennie and Jami
Location: Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Size: 1,020 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned
YC Chen is the Creative Director and founder of hoo, an interior design company in Hong Kong. YC and his wife Kennie moved into this two-bedroom apartment in Pok Fu Lam over two years ago with their son Jami, who was a toddler at the time. The most important thing for them was to create a space that is totally stylish and child-friendly.
"There are no sharp corners in my home," YC says. Indeed the coffee table, the dining table, the chairs — they all have rounded edges. YC didn't want anything sticking out that could hurt Jami, so he came up with the idea of cutting a hole in the bottom part of the wall, to slot in the glass cabinet instead, concealing the media center underneath the TV.
Their home is driven by favorite colors — black, white, grey and gold. As a designer who's deeply inspired by mid-century modern designs, YC has splurged on several classic pieces by Charles Eames, Herman Miller, Finn Juhl and Carl Hansen & Son. But there are playful details too, like how he used slabs of leftover marble cut down in the same size as his parquet flooring to create an interesting pattern in their bedroom. "I get to experiment with ideas in my home that clients would shy away from in their own." I also love the "splash" of gold in the corner of their bathroom, a pattern made using different mosaic tiles in different colors.
I'm totally in awe of how YC and Kennie have managed to keep their house so immaculate with a four year old, so I asked them if they had any tips. "Storage," YC tells me, "Plan all your storage before you design anything else." While he says this, YC proudly shows me the cupboard by the dining table, which is full of his own collectible shoes. Who says storage is only for toys?
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Mid-Century Modern + Scandinavian/Danish
Inspiration: Personal Favorite
Favorite Element: Dining Area
Biggest Challenge: Child-friendly
What Friends Say: They love it
Biggest Embarrassment: The kid's room is still not big enough
Proudest DIY: The concealed TV Cabinet
Biggest Indulgence: Designer furniture
Best Advice: Keep it simple and clean
PAINT & COLORS
Sofa — Living Divani
Coffee Table — &traditional
Dining Table — Carl Hansen & Son
Chairs — Vitra, Herman Miller, Finn Juhl and Carl Hansen & Son
Light — Classicon
Table Lamps — Louis Poulsen
Side Table — Gray & Turner
Side Table — Vitra
Master Sanitary Ware — Vola, Alape, Duravit
Guest Sanitary Ware — Zucchetti, Duravit, Kohler