design et al are delighted to announce that The Good Studio have been shortlisted for Residential Property £1-2.5 Million Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2019.
The Good Studio’s clients were a British family of four, who have lived in Hong Kong for almost 25 years and wanted a relaxed but sophisticated holiday home as a bolt hole from their busy city lives. Reflecting the territory’s heritage, the family custom built the two-storey House 1967 in colonial style fused with a clean, contemporary look and feel. This mix of old and new, tradition and modernity become one of the main design features. As our clients enjoy entertaining family and friends, the house needed to have spacious and comfortable areas for large gatherings as well as separate alternatives for adults and teenagers, and enough bedrooms to host another family of five with ease. Quirkiness, comfort and cosiness were other key qualities, ensuring that everyone would yearn to return time and again.
The final design achieved all its objectives and went beyond the client’s expectations from a design perspective. Spread out over two floors, this splendid four-bedroom house is a true blend of colonial style and contemporary style. Inspired by the elegance of the colonial era in Hong Kong, it combines impeccable style with the flexibility and comfort required by a family with children. The living and dining areas were purposefully positioned on the ground floor of the home, both to draw the family together and to create a central point for adult guests to gather without disturbing the younger family members’ sleep.
The Good Studio sought inspiration from the fashion world where black is always in vogue no matter what the current trend is. By sticking to a monochrome palette, the overall look is sleek and coordinated but is lifted by occasional pops of colour via the artwork and individual pieces of furniture. The paintings also become a focal point wherever they are used. Traditional and modern styles unite, with wide archways, arched windows and classic mouldings balanced by black stainless-steel mirrored doors and contemporary furniture. By positioning the bar counter in the open kitchen vertically rather than horizontally makes the space more convenient and functional. Designer pendant lamps differ from room to room, with each one reflecting the style of the space below it. A modern circular light continues the minimal theme of the dining room and echoes the round dining table and Lazy Susan. A lamp that recalls the use of candlelight fits with the more traditional black-and-white tiles in the entrance hall.
The Good Studio used a pallet of white and pale grey giving the kitchen and dining room a clean, fresh and almost Scandinavian look. Walnut detailing and accessories lend warmth and natural colour to the neutral palette of black, white and grey.