Jazz up your apartment with your own personal style
Designing your own flat can be a daunting task (and your furniture even more so!) – especially in the little apartment space we have here in the city. To make the whole process easier we’ve reached out to the experts and asked Eve Mercier, founder of Insight School of Interior Design, for a few insider tips on custom making furniture in Hong Kong as well as compiling a list of Sassy’s favourite stores.
Tip Number 1: “Be Careful”
“Custom furniture can be like make-up. While it can look very nice on the outside, the foundation might not be sturdy.” When custom ordering furniture, definitely go for good quality components and ask a lot of questions before purchasing.
Tip Number 2: “Kill Two Birds with One Stone”
“IKEA is great!” (100% recommended by the interior designer herself), but sometimes you just have something specific you want to see in your house, or a little space you can’t seem to fill. By custom making furniture, “it’s easy to fill up that dust-collecting corner you’ve been meaning to use and bring the HK dream flat to reality.”
Tip Number 3: Find your inspiration by finding your own style
You’ll definetly find inspiration by going through magazines, websites and looking around in person, however Eve says the best way to find inspiration for custom furniture is to “find your own style.” As a teacher, she tells her students to grab a piece of paper, find three words that describe themselves, and use these words as inspiration for new designs!
Tip Number 4: Taobao?
“Taobao has the best.. and the worst,” Eve sighed. Although it might have good designs, the materials are often of lower quality. Of course, if you’d like to try your luck with cheap furniture, Taobao can be a really convenient option!
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Custom Furniture Companies:
Easily customisable, Decor8 offers a large variety of furniture from sofas to lighting. Delivery and pickup services are also extremely convenient and wallet-friendly for the busy bees among us.
Sassy tip: remember to bring along your necessary dimensions, type of desired material and furniture outlook!
Read more: Shop Talk: Decor8
Ethically sourced and made with love, Reddie create a whole host of furniture items from bedside tables to storage cabinets, easily customisable on the website.
Specialising in interior design, architecture and construction services, the design consultancy will take its clients through a series of detailed steps to ensure the perfect design goal has been met.
If you lack the creative gene, don’t worry! DSL furniture provides services that include detailed drawings and designs ready for your approval, which are then handcrafted and created with the best materials.
Muji is a great option for fans of the Japanese minimalist style. Upon request, an interior advisor will also help to propose household storage ideas.
With a wide range of services available to tailor make furniture for everyday purposes, Chameleon Design and Interiors strive to create pieces of custom furniture that will neatly fit into ‘the dusty corner’ that you’ve been meaning to fill.
If you enjoy simplicity in your living space, Emoh Design provides a variety of natural and modern furniture inspired by Scandinavian designs.
Sassy tip: drop down to the Kwun Tong store for more details about customisation, the staff are extremely friendly and happy to help.
Emoh Design (Kowloon showroom), 11/F, 134 Wai Yip Street, Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, tel:3621 0751, [email protected], www.emohdesign.com
Emoh Design (Central boutique), G/F, 42 Aberdeen, Central, Hong Kong, tel:3621 0751, [email protected], www.emohdesign.com
Emoh Design (Kwun Tong store), 11/F, Sui On Building, No. 134 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, tel: 3621 0751, [email protected], www.emohdesign.com
Maya Rugs is guaranteed to be of great quality as each rug is hand-woven individually in India. Made according to size, colour and design, the small business might just be able to offer a piece that will tie your home together.
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By keeping you updated and involved at every stage, although slightly pricier, the detailed step-by-step process that Curtain City guides you through will carry your project from dreams to reality.
With over 20 years of experience, E&R Curtain Shop specialise in creating custom soft furnishings for customers with a range of requests and budgets
Sassy tip: E&R Curtain Shop will drop by your home to help measure your space!
Bricks and Stones
For fast installations, as well as large selections of fabrics for reasonable prices, Bricks and Stones is definitely handy to have under your belt!
Sassy tip: If your Cantonese could do with some work, ask for Sandy! She’s highly recommended, with great English.
Bricks and Stone, G/F, 97 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Tel: 2520 0577
Specialising in timelessly elegant and minimalist designs, there is an extensive list of options on their website for you to choose from.
Sassy tip: Definitely check out the website if you’re interested in learning more about custom curtain design – there are lots of tips and tricks specifically for curtain design!
Fabric Studio 51 is well accustomed to the high demands that apartments in Hong Kong usually pose, and if you’re starting with a blank state, you can scroll through the Facebook gallery for inspiration!
Fabric Studio 51, G/F, G12, G13, G15, 129 – 130 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, Tel: 3114 5597, www.facebook.com/fabricstudio51.curtains
Take to the streets:
For old Chinese furniture/antiques: top recommendations are Sai Kung, Wan Chai (Queens Road East) and Kennedy Town. You’ll find many furniture stores scattered along the streets and, if you ask around, some stores will custom make Chinese-style furniture for you!
Curtains and blinds: Although there isn’t much online information for these small and local companies, these four companies come highly recommended…
James Curtain Service Co.; Tel: 576 9448; 40A Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Central, Hong Kong
Belle Curtains; Tel: 2559 4759; 78 Bonham Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong
Phoenix Curtains; Tel: 2866 6691; 16/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
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