Design Anthology #12

Design Anthology is Asia’s premier English-language interiors, design, architecture and built environment magazine. Published quarterly and available internationally. Design Anthology is for design connoisseurs and bon vivants!

  • Openings / A new design store opens up in Tokyo
  • Products / New collections and collaborations
  • Read / Our selection of the best food x design titles from some of the world’s best publishers
  • Curated / A roundup of our favourite quirky tableware designs to liven up your next dinner party
  • Installation / Architect Ole Scheeren unveils a new fast-food concept that adds some theatre to eating on the go
  • Restaurant, Hong Kong / Named Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2015, Vicky Lau draws on a diverse creative background and belief in serendipity for her inspiration
  • Trend Report / Kitchens have always been the heart of the home, but changing socioeconomics, consumer preferences and technology are altering the kitchens of the future
  • Ceramics Workshop / Whether it’s his Hong Kong studio and restaurant or his new organic farm and workshop centre, ceramicist Terence Lee loves to share his passion for pottery
  • Designer Profile / Shinichiro Ogata is a designer who transcends categorisation, yet a vision combining traditional Japanese aesthetics with a modern sensibility permeates his creations
  • Studio / Our regular feature on craftspeople behind the scenes focuses on what the human touch brings to bulthap kitchen systems


  • Hotel, Perth / Acclaimed hotel designer Kerry Hill returns to his home town for the interior renovation and transformation of three historic buildings into a luxury hotel
  • Hotel, Kyoto / A cross between a modern hotel and a traditional ryokan, Hitoyado offers a new breed of accommodation in Japan
  • Hotel, Bali / As both the architect and owner of Soori Bali, Chan Soo Khian had unbridled freedom to realise the ultimate Balinese retreat
  • Hotel, Singapore / A historic godown with a lurid past in Singapore’s warehouse district is transformed into a new creative hub and hotel
  • Villa, France / A remote château in the south of France serves as a playground for a number of A-list designers including Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando and, most recently, André Fu to enact their own ideas inspired by the Provençal countryside
  • Farm Stays / Rustic agritourism ventures across the Italian countryside combine gastronomy and charming accommodation for a dream holiday destination
  • Openings / The best of the new boutique and luxury designer hotels from around the world


  • Immersive Installations / Three Amsterdam-based creatives are looking to challenge the way we approach food and our rituals surrounding eating through immersive, entertaining and thought-provoking meal installations


  • Niseko / Breaking down barriers between indoor and outdoor and communing with nature through internal spaces surrounded by landscapes, this Hokkaido home reflects two core tenants of Japanese design
  • Johor Bahru / A simple terrace house upends spatial expectations through the clever integration of ‘negative space’ for light and greenery
  • Melbourne / A modernist icon in a leafy suburb gets a 21st century update
  • Pune / This weekend family home far away from the noise and chaos of Mumbai, this home features spaces for communal living and tranquil retreat
  • Bali / A Borneo plantation house is shipped, reassembled and dressed up with a new pavilion and lap pool to feel right at home in its new Balinese surrounds
  • Manila / The Almario sisters find the perfect balance in marrying Japanese aesthetics with the warmth of Philippine art and design in this Manila penthouse


  • Urban Renewal / A number of traditional hutong neighbourhoods are receiving modern upgrades in China’s capital, sparking urban renewal and signalling greater public consciousness surrounding preservation of the city’s heritage architecture
  • Historical Preservation / Through the case study of a converted rubber factory in Kunming, we deliver some back story on the industrial renovations that are fuelling much of contemporary China’s cultural scene and where they may go next


  • The Flâneur / A Flâneur is an urban explorer — a connoisseur of the street. In our rotating column, guests share their musings, observations and critiques of the urban environment in cities around the world. Hong Kong-based photographer, urbanist and newly inaugurated author Christopher DeWolf is this issue’s Flâneur