5 Modern Residences that Preserve and Showcase Artisanship

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    Following the launch of the hotly anticipated Rosewood Hong Kong in the
    art and design district Victoria Dockside, entrepreneur Adrian Cheng
    will unveil K11 ARTUS in the third quarter of this year, marking his
    fledging K11 group’s first luxury residence for rental, one with a
    social agenda to preserve fast-disappearing traditional craftsmanship.
    In the communal spaces is where the artisanal-living concept is truly
    apparent, filled as they are with pieces that have been produced in
    collaboration with K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, the latest of Cheng’s
    cultural initiatives, which seeks to protect craftsmanship techniques
    from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Rare Chinese artisanal objects created
    exclusively for K11 ARTUS are on display and available for sale with the
    proceeds going back to the charity to support Chinese craftsmen, from
    wooden furniture made using the age-old baibaoqian technique of
    inlaying engraved objects with precious stones, to porcelains with guangcai,
    vibrant hand-painted porcelain that combines elements of east and west.
    K11 ARTUS will also host year-round salons featuring leading cultural
    figures, adding an unexpected intellectual component to the facilities,
    while an experiential space will be carved out to showcase the best of
    Chinese craft heritage. From an architecture perspective, the bulk of
    the 287 short- and long-stay residences have been designed by Andre Fu,
    with a jaw-dropping harbour view from its sinuous balconies. There are
    also three penthouses created by Joyce Wang, Fiona Barratt and


    Though it is the 23rd member of the Soho House family, Soho House
    Mumbai, which opened earlier this year, is already a firm favourite of
    members and Mumbai’s glitterati alike. Colourful as the city in which it
    is situated, the hybrid member’s club/hotel is decorated in a riot of
    patterns and fabrics, with many of the furnishings and objects sourced
    from craftspeople discovered during the Soho House design team’s
    journeys through New Delhi, Jaipur and, of course, Mumbai. Custom
    commissions include cane seating, block-printed curtains and stunning
    lampshades made from vintage saris that become the focal point of each
    room. In a screening room, armchairs utilise mohair, while hand-printed
    fabrics from Rajasthan aid in sound-proofing. Of course, you can expect
    everything else you’d find in the typical Soho House, whether it’s a
    branch of Cecconi’s or the impressive art collection, which features
    pieces by the likes of Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta.


    A boutique hotel property in Chiang Mai, Raya Heritage takes its design
    cues from the 13th century Lanna kingdom, with artisanal furnishings
    that range from teak mirrors and ceramic tiles to fabrics sourced from
    local weaving co-ops and dyed with pigments made from indigenous trees.
    The suites-only property itself is the brainchild of Bangkok architect
    Boonlert Hemvijitraphan, and features just 38 rooms, which overlook the
    Ping River. While the facilities are state of the art, both the
    structure and the finishing touches feature handcrafted elements – the
    signature restaurant, for example, is named Khu Khao, after the
    threshing baskets once used by northern Thai rice farmers, and these
    handwoven baskets are incorporated into the venue’s decor as
    chandeliers. In the rooms, baskets, wood carvings and pottery are made
    by artisans from surrounding local villages.


    The Conduit may be a members’ club, but it’s one with a purpose beyond
    hobnobbing with like-minded and equally affluent and connected
    individuals – it hopes to raise social consciousness and allow its
    members to participate actively in philanthropy and responsible living
    (founding members, after all, include Christiane Amanpour and Amnesty
    International’s Salil Shetty). Its design ethos is an interesting one,
    subscribing to a Scandinavian aesthetic but incorporating African
    artisanal crafts, under the deft hands of Russell Sage Studio and
    Cavendish Studio, and no doubt with the guidance of co-founder Paul Van
    Zyl, a human-rights lawyer whose entrepreneurial efforts include the
    artisan-designed luxury clothier Maiyet. With The Conduit’s conscious
    agenda in mind, all the furniture and objects were sourced from NGOs and
    craft collectives in Africa that create wares as a means of social
    upliftment, from angora tapestries woven by a Swazi women’s group to
    ceramics that hail from Mamelodi in Pretoria, South Africa.


    This restoration project-cum-guesthouse certainly isn’t for the luxury
    set, and it’s got hardly any gratuitous furnishings to speak of, but its
    construction certainly prizes practical, transferable artisanal skills.
    Springing Stream is situated in a poverty-stricken Chi Xi, and was a
    showcase project by Beijing firm WEI Architects, which refurbished a
    derelict house, transforming it into a bed and breakfast as an example
    of how villages can use revitalised properties as an income source.
    Local materials and local builders were engaged to use primitive
    traditional construction methods to erect the structure, employing
    techniques such as mortise-and-tenon wood structures and utilising
    special transformational window-door framing, with much of the original
    discarded building reclaimed for use in the new project. The result is a
    curvaceous and architecturally breathtaking home for guests that is
    entirely replicable in other villages.

    Writer: Christina Ko

    Hong Kong-based writer and editor Christina has covered the luxury
    scene for over a decade. She writes on topics ranging from beauty and
    wellness to arts and culture. Formerly the editorial director of
    Prestige Hong Kong, she now contributes to various publications
    including Hong Kong Tatler, SCMP, Discovery and Silverkris, as well as
    working with clients such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Estee Lauder and Lane


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