The struggle is real when it comes to searching for a flat in Hong Kong, especially for expats or travellers who plan to stay for a few good months. This can mean spending a couple of nights/weeks browsing through Facebook expats' groups in a tiring search of a lovely suite. While most are only seeking for a 4-walled plain room, there are certainly also some who pursue more than that, say living in style (literally). These people's prayers have now finally been answered.
Attributed to Adrian Cheng (Executive Vice-chairman of NWD)'s penchant of art & design, Eight Kwai Fong is not only the first project under the Artisanal Movement direction, but also a marriage of astute contemporary interior design and iconic artefacts which were handpicked by the design team from all around the globe.
Highlights of the artworks include Tapio Wirkkala’s Bolle Venin Series, Skultuna Sweden’s London Collection, Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, local design firm Latitude 22N's handcrafted vases.
Amid the comprehensive art collection, the following three are my favourites. with Thomas Struth - Paradise 28 (photography) being the first one. Intrigued by Mayan culture and its intricate relations to nature, Struth ventured out to the tropical rainforests of Central America for the first time in 1982. Around 1996, Struth formulated a plan for the Paradise pictures, to the extent of already envisaging an installation with several works surrounding the viewer.
This Brionvega radiofonografo by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is another of my favourite art piece. See the smiley face on it? Worry not if you do not have a CD. It has bluetooth function to connect with your iPhone or Android phones. Knowing that you may want to use it in parties, it has 4 built-in wheels for easy relocation.
Last but not least, this oil on canvas work Eskimo by Chinese abstract artist Zhao Yang in the dining room is also one of my favourite artefacts. Zhao has long been interested in figuring out the real meaning of life. This explains why he resigned from being a senior editor to delve into the drawing career in a search of his identity and the purpose of his life. His first art exhibition in 2012 had already marked a phenomenal start of his art career - knowing that all the artworks were sold in seconds. Eskimo, created in 2014, reveals his conception towards to fundamental condition of human and needs. (This reminds me of Maslow's hierarchy of needs) I am greatly captivated by the sense of post-modern decadent embedded in his works. Plus, there's a open kitchen in the dinning room for private function opportunities
The ground floor of Eight Kwai Fong houses two rooms (Collection Room & Hobby Room) as platforms for residents to mingle with creative minds and brainstorm new ideas while sipping coffee and reading art books.
Now, let's sneak into the room to see how it looks inside. Eight Kwai Fong consists of 156 contemporary furnished residences (52 studios, 104, one-bedroom apartments) across 31 stories. Every apartment enjoys a private balcony, HDTV and Blu-ray disc player, desigher kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, Dornbracht bathroom fixtures with rain shower, free Wi-Fi and free local phone calls.
On top of the courtyard and a garden, there are also 24-hour Fitness and Laundry to cater to residents' needs. Still in a thirst of more personal services? A 24-hour Elite Service is also available for residents, assisting you from fine dining bookings to in-house catering.
You can also download the Eight Kwai Fong mobile app that has been tailored to inform and engage residents of upcoming events and promotions.
While laying a focus on its interior design and art collection, 8 Kwai Fong has thoughtfully included green areas for city dwellers to get into touch with nature in such a concrete jungle as Hong Kong. I can already picture myself doing Yoga with my friends here on a sunny Sunday while sipping Rose. Feel free to tag along!
This is the breath-taking view from its rooftop overlooking the Hong Kong island and Happy Valley. While Hong Kong is packaging itself to an artistically-vibrant city with international art events and fairs (Art Basel, Affordable Art Fair, you name it), Eight Kwai Fong has set a good example in bringing the idea of living in style in reality. The service apartment is set to open August 2015. To view, contact tel: 2929 1228 or email: enquiries@8KF.com.hk.