Raising a bar
August 9, 2014 - table lamp
Text Jane Steer / Styling David Roden / Photography John Butlin
Interior decorator Debbie Pun’s section is designed to party. “We accommodate during a bar,” she jokes, referring to a cocktail opposite that dominates and defines her large, open-plan vital space.
“We call it a Buddha Bar. The section is about a same distance as a Buddha Bar in Paris, and we have hundreds of Buddhas, so it seemed to fit. we even found a Buddha Bar pointer in Shambala, that we put outward in a gymnasium when we have parties.”
The marble-topped aspect and a freestanding wall behind it are a centrepiece of a 1964 Mid-Levels section that Pun and her counsel husband, Nigel Binnersley, bought 10 years ago and recently renovated for a second time.
“It was a dump!” Pun recalls of initial saying a flat. “But it was a good space – 2,700 block feet, or maybe more. we totally renovated it, with lots of red and black and a bath in a center of a master suite. But after 7 years, we got wearied and my son was grown up, so we motionless to downsize and rented it out.”
Downsizing, however, didn’t fit a companionable Pun.
“I lasted 14 months. we missed this section – a place and a space,” she says. “But it indispensable renovating again. So we totally gutted it and effectively incited it into dual apartments that accommodate during a bar.”
With an (almost) dull nest – her son, Kai, visits frequently and still has his possess room emblazoned with his name (“He thinks it’s weird,” she confesses) – a second restoration authorised Pun to maximize a space for socialising. She switched a former dining and vital areas to emanate a supersized party space, around that a rest of a section revolves.
“I downsized a dining list and went for some-more space,” she says. “We pull a list behind to dance during parties and, during a day, there’s copiousness of room for my yoga mat.”
The bar’s inexhaustible proportions were dictated, in part, by a 10-year-old white Minotti buffet tucked divided underneath a shelves of bottles. “I couldn’t chuck it away; it’s too good,” Pun says. “So we built a bar around it.”
A bar-owner crony suggested her on a lighting, insisting any shelf be illuminated from subsequent for thespian effect. “He’s so fussy,” she laughs.
With a amicable area holding over a centre of a apartment, a vital room was divided into dual cosy spaces subsequent to a windows, partly distant from a categorical area by constructional pillars and roof beams. It works well.
Tucked into a distant corner, a party side is splendid and cheerful, with a immature sofa, orange felt chair by Ligne Roset and quirky selected and recycled pieces picked adult in Shanghai. It’s a ideal mark for an dusk in front of a television. On a sofa, a vividly phony floral pillow by Versace for HM is a curtsy to Kai’s pursuit with a retailer.
“The pillows are so lovely, we went nuts,” Pun says. “I bought loads of them and gave them to friends.”
On a other side of a shelf-lined wall, a “conversation area” has a calmer, some-more grown-up vibe, with a span of Minotti sofas confronting any other opposite a reclaimedtimber coffee table. Decorated with potted plants, healthy joist and unsettled metal, a area has an roughly country charm, equivalent by a space-age lines of a Cosmic Angel flare that flies overhead.
“The review is splendid and good for my plants,” Pun says. “I picked pale colours to make it relaxing.
I like a healthy look, though it’s a change for me. At my company, Debbie Deco, I’m famous for operative with colours – we even won an endowment for use of colour during a Inchbald School of Design, in London, where we trained.”
What looks like joist on a walls in a vital areas, turns out to be a some-more ecologically accessible alternative, bamboo.
And giving a space an civic corner are strips of unsettled steel wrapped around a corners of a constructional pillars and roof beams (see Tried + tested).
“The space is utterly loft-like and a steel circumference adds to that,” Pun says.
The unsettled design is picked adult on a front of a bar and in many of a furniture, quite in a bedrooms.
“The unsettled seat looks European,” Pun says. “I was operative on a plan for a customer and found these unsettled pieces during a Canton Fair, so we systematic some for my customer and for myself.”
Many of a pieces and ideas in her home are subsequent from prior Debbie Deco projects and her latest venture, Sai Ying Pun art gallery Candy Darling.
Adorning a walls are several works by late British painter Arthur Keene, who is represented in Hong Kong by Candy Darling. The paintings are intriguing abstracts and still-lifes in an fragile palette of greys and blues.
“I don’t consider many people like stilllifes any more,” Pun muses. “But we adore them. we unequivocally don’t caring if we don’t sell them; they demeanour improved here.”
Dining area The dining chairs (HK$5,000 each) and list (a present from a client) are by BB Italia (LG/F, 3 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, tel: 3102 3189). The roof fans were HK$6,500 any from Arteluce (www.arteluce-srl.it).
Living area nook The Minotti sofas and ottoman (HK$80,000 in total) were from Andante (Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2537 9688). The Salvage coffee list (HK$15,980), in reclaimed English joist on cast-iron wheels, was from Tequila Kola (1/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2877 3295). The console tables (HK$2,500 each) were tradition done by a contractor, Wing Hang (tel: 9017 2625). The Cosmic Angel roof flare (HK$31,480) came from Artemide (1/F, Ruttonjee Centre, tel: 2523 0333). The painting, by Arthur Keene, came from Candy Darling (5 Po Tuck Street, Shek Tong Tsui, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 9091 7091). The carpet (HK$12,000) and tiny turn tables (HK$1,500 each) were from Ligne Roset (16 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, tel: 2891 0913). The blinds were done by Dragon Interior (35B Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2523 1843). The list lamps (about HK$3,200 each) came from Maison Martin Margiela (10 Ice House Street, Central, tel: 2869 7707).
Hallway The corridor is lined with custom-made cupboards (HK$32,500) by Wing Hang, containing Debbie Pun’s endless wardrobe. The console list (HK$11,000 from Tequila Kola) is ornate with a Philippe Starck Max Le Chinois colander from Alessi (www.alessi.com). The painting, Mona Cat by Romero Britto, came from Opera Gallery (W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2810 1208).
Master bedroom Pun reupholstered a headboard of her aged bed from G.O.D (about HK$20,000; www.god.com.hk) in lush velvet to compare a new colour scheme. The unsettled chests of drawers were HK$4,500 any from Hangzhou-based Kuka Home (www.kukahome.com). The tallboy (HK$5,000) was tradition done by Wing Hang and a upcycled art-deco bedside section (HK$4,000) came from Tsai Yun Studio (www.tsaiyunstudio.com), in Shanghai. The mirrors were bought about 10 years ago from a association in a Philippines that has given closed. The wallpaper is by Osborne Little and came from Kinsan (59 Wyndham Street, tel: 2526 2309). The bedside lamps were HK$1,800 any from Artitude (68A Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2576 1566).
Study space The unsettled table (HK$9,500) was from Shambala (2/F, Horizon Plaza, tel: 2555 2997). The Italian chair was purchased from a emporium in Happy Valley about 20 years ago. The painting, by Keene, was from Candy Darling. Leaning opposite a wall is a counterpart bought during an muster in a Convention and Exhibition Centre about 10 years ago. The embellished bin came from Shanghai and a walls are lonesome in Crocodilo Vinyl wallpaper (HK$1,615 per roll) by Osborne Little from Kinsan.
Kitchen The kitchen cabinets (HK$180,000 in total) were commissioned by executive Sam Leung (tel: 9236 2196). The beyond lamps were (HK$400 each) from PLC (210 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2519 6275). The appliances are by Smeg (www.smeg.hk).
Bar The “Buddha Bar” (HK$78,000) was designed by Debbie Deco and tradition done by Wing Hang. The barstools (HK$2,460 each) were from Tequila Kola. The matter flare is a Copernico Sospensione (HK$28,800) from Artemide.
Bathroom The sinks (HK$15,000 each) and Goccia taps by Gessi (HK$7,000 each) were from Colourliving (333 Lockhart Road, tel: 2510 2666). The units underneath a sinks were tradition done by Wing Hang for HK$6,500 and a counterpart units and Hollywood-style lights were from Ikea (www.ikea.com.hk).
Show your metal Distressed-metal circumference lends an civic vibe to a constructional columns in a interesting area.
“The steel protects a corners of a pillars – it has to be hard-core since we have some hard-core parties,” Pun jokes.
The bamboo wall-covering and steel circumference were sourced by a contractor, Wing Hang. The Dali Piano Agile floor-standing speakers (www.dali-speakers.com) were bought years ago.