Some of you may have picked up by now, if you have been following our posts for long enough that we have quite often blogged about the losing battle of the smaller independent stores and the engulfing presence of the gigantic luxury stores in Hong Kong. It is a familiar story for most small retailers in Hong Kong who have been facing the soaring rents since early 2012. Rental prices have increased to the level that only the big time jewelers and watches chain stores, international luxury fashion houses and those handbags ‘stations’ can afford. We have witnessed the downfall of the family-operated businesses forced to close down, other stores being forced to move from street level to upstairs and others being moved somewhere new altogether. Who is going to suffer in the end? Of course, it’s the customers, it’s ‘US’, who purchase the goods from the retailers as we have no alternative but to transfer those costs to the customers.
The south part of the Hong Kong Island, in particular Wong Chuk Hang has become the latest designated area for home furniture, designs and fashions. Lane Crawford Home, Manks, CLOT, Ground Zero and many more have moved to this area already. The newly opened furniture and accessories atelier called La Deux happened to catch our eyes recently. La Deux is located in a very modernized factory building, only a few steps away from the new One Island South Building. When I walked into the atelier, I felt like I was in an art gallery. Since it’s an atelier, the interior design is very simple yet raw. According to one of the founders Alan Tse, who possesses more than 20 years of importing European luxury furniture, the atelier was designed to facilitate the different settings while showcasing different furniture, lighting, rugs and decorative objects each month. Some are exclusive and some are new to the Hong Kong market, but of course, the brands have a long history in Europe already.
Their first exhibition was held recently and I was seriously impressed by the brands that the atelier carries. 2 sets of Shadow pendants from Brokis designed by Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova in Czech. You can use your own creativity to group the cables and to adjust different height levels. The high quality and gigantic glass objects were from secondome.
The A Shaped Table Leg were used in the atelier to showcase all the luxury collections
The ‘Tree’ is my favorite! I can imagine all the colorful cupcakes beautifully placed inside the ‘Tree’.
Do you think they all looked like animals with bow ties around their necks and ankles?
They even had my favorite rugs from Golran!!! I have met the owners of Golran in person when I was in Milan last year!!! Very contemporary and stylish!!!
When I saw this Anna Torfs perfect crystal glass object called ‘Parts’. It reminded me of the one that I saw in Paris Maison & Objet but in gold color. However, Alan said the gold-coated one was sold already! OMG, so fast!!! What is most impressive is that you won’t see a single connection point or joint as it is made by one single piece of glass.
Memories series was my favorite collection out of Golan’s rug selections
The rugs under Patchwork series were made by vintage carpets which underwent some decolorization process. No two are identical.
What a perfect match!!! Finn Juhl furniture, Golan patchwork rugs and Brokis’ Muffin series
Different sizes of Brokis’ Ballon were brought by them to create different ambience through the reflectors.
I love this tungsten light bulb in the Ballon!!!
La Deux means ‘The Two’ in English. Their philosophy of success is in the form of a partnership. Partnership can combine each individual’s expertise to achieve a greater mission. 2individuals shares the same philosophy that we can’t exist without the other.
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The building itself is quiet artsy~~~