This Showflat Designed By Hong Kong-Based Firm via. Has Won Us Over!
January 7, 2019
CondoLiving. However, for this space we made an exception and with good reason. Located in one of Hong Kong’s upscale properties is a showflat by via., a Hong Kong-based design firm that our team has a crush on. Their firm portfolio has projects ranging from commercial buildings, swanky restaurants, private homes, and stylish condos. In a very insightful (and quite long) interview with via.’s founder and principal designer Frank Leung, Frank walked us through his design philosophy and some of their projects. This showflat which they call Deep Opulence was one of those projects. While it was intended to be showflat, Frank shares that they designed it as if someone was really going to live there. It has ample storage and a functional flow. “We don’t want showflats to lie whether it’s on or off location. It still has to be a liveable space. If it’s anything, I’ve noticed in the years we’ve been doing showflats, people are tired of being tricked,” shares the architect. Frank and his team describes the imaginary clients as old and established couple, and has kids or guests visiting often. Thus, they gave emphasis on the bedrooms and entertaining areas. “You need to give them something they can actually live in and enjoy. I’m a realist in that sense,” he adds. Unlike in Manila where model condominium units are usually pop-ups in malls, showflats in Hong Kong are located inside the property itself, giving buyers the option to buy the actual unit they are toured in with all the artwork, finishes, and fixtures. Frank shares that one of the showflats they’ve designed for this property has already been sold. The interior is a dream with its luxurious finishes. Just because it was a showflat, team via. didn’t scrimp on the details and furnishings by providing the best quality pieces in the space. You see marble, leather, wood, and lush carpets harmoniously coexisting and complementing each other in the space. Each addition to the space is considered, thought-of, planned in a sense that it not only looks good but also helps the unit more liveable. In the living room, a velvet couch is juxtaposed to the cold marble wall in a geometric pattern. The pattern is a homage to architect and designer Gio Ponti. The same marble wall pattern flows from the living room to the dining area. Leather chairs in a marsala finish pops out against the monochrome background.