Joyce Wang, the interior designer behind The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong and The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, is in the final stages of renovating the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London. The architect-designer nominates the best shopping finds in the Chinese city she calls home. Compiled by Alison Boleyn.
Molton tote by Miro
The contrast of refined and raw draws Wang to these canvas bags with “climbing rope” handles by Hong Kong-based duo Michael Leung and Rony Chan.
“SQ38 Plano” Watch from Squarestreet
A combination of industrial detailing and natural materials, the “SQ38 Plano” watch speaks to Wang’s aesthetic. Squarestreet is a shop packed with accessories designed by local talent yet “it’s anything but ‘crafty’”, says Wang. “The designs are refined, chic, edgy and affordable.”
Hard-to-find titles from Lok Man Rare Books
Wang confesses she spends hours in this “secret gem” of a store, perusing first editions and rare tomes that offer unique perspectives on the city’s history. ￼
CJW “Zodiac” Cushion from Lane Crawford
“You can’t have too many cushions,” says Wang, who admires her cousin, Christina Wang, for her works in ink on silk. Applying her craft to silk cushions, the artist and designer injects a little fun into the Chinese zodiac.
The classic white shirt is a “travel essential” for Wang, whose personal style tends towards the androgynous. Pye is a shirt maker that combines traditional Hong Kong tailoring with modern detailing.
Homewares and furniture by Chi Wing Lo
If you were to collect the work of one Chinese designer, you’d make it Chi Wing Lo, says Wang, who describes the former art director of Italian luxury furniture maker Giorgetti as “striving for a synthesis of past and present”.
Top image: Chi Wing Lo
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