Name: Mr. Alistair Leung
Company: Ronald Lu & Partners
Position within company: Director / Head of Interiors
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I am designing for the last 34 years. I worked on projects in many locations in Asia, USA, Australia and Europe, and in most of the building types.
How would you describe your personal design style?
I always like simple but elegant design. It tells more about the content and characteristics. My designs are always be a synergy of economics and aesthetics.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Inspiration comes from everywhere in my daily life: seeing things, buildings and activities while walking, talking with people and friends, traveling, reading a magazine or an advertisement, having gourmets, etc. I try to see the possible relationship from putting different things together, things that might not be in the same category, and to find new and fit design solutions.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Today, design speaks more than its appearance and functions. Its more and more representing our living, our economy, our culture and our intellectual advancement.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond.
I can’t think of five. But I am seeing the trend on expression of a culture with an international appreciation.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
I am always look forward to seeing a design that could catch my breath from its delineation of spatial quality, and interaction of forms, surfaces and the intended functions.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The Award speaks for a standard of design in today’s international arena. It also signals both externally and internally the baseline of quality for our onward advancement.
What projects are you currently working on?
Many projects, to name a few, a life-style hotel in Hangzhou China, a boutique resort hotel speaking of local tranquillity in Chengdu China, a 5-star business hotel in Zuhai China, an exclusive clubhouse for a corporation’s senior management, a sales center for a Grade A office complex, another Grade A office building lobbies and public areas, some show suits of high end residential developments, and more.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Keep going forward and to prepare ourselves returning to the Awards again next year. And to have the opportunity to seat back and jot down some of my thoughts and experience to share with the industry.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
Your favourite holiday destination?
Any place in the Mediterranean.
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Your favourite book, film & song?
Any thing considered as favourite needs to be repeated time after time. I usually don’t limit myself on any piece of song, film nor book, etc., but rather would focus on a type of music, visual media and wisdom.
Your favourite food and drink?
A piece of top-notch quality croissant and a cup of excellent double esspresso.
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Again, enjoying a cup of double esspresso with a wandering mind.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A foolish man maybe, and trying to reason how people live.