Hong Kong furniture designer makes home her display room
I was walking down the street, searched for and saw this window, and thought, that would be rather a nice space, she says.
Having seen new high-rises in the very same rate range that were half the size she and husband Andrew, both Australians of Indonesian descent, registered their interest in the decades-old walk-up flat and caught it when it appeared. Its numerous pluses consisted of high ceilings, loads of natural light in the living areas, windows in all 3 bed rooms, 2 restrooms and a backyard at the back for their two-year-old son, Eddie
The rental unit was also on a low floor, which appealed because, she states, I like being close to the ground and having trees at eye level.
The leafy grove of Chinese banyan, on the opposite side of the roadway fronting Olah’s flat, pays for a vista couple of flats in busy locations of Hong Kong delight in. The trees also offer a procedure of personal privacy: their existence implies no structure can sprout in front of the big area of glass that had first captured her eye. And, as she had hoped, the flat is generous in an old-school way: it supplies a big blank canvas (she requested for all the walls to be painted white) and boasts a living area roomy enough to be enjoyed by the whole family. This public half of the house accommodates a table, lounge, work zone, another play area for Eddie, and even a corner showroom for Olah’s good-looking minimalist designs.
In a curtained-off location, Olah screens furniture she has actually established in the previous 2 years, sold through her site. Many of the enjoyable, simple pieces can also be seen in situ: the living-room includes tables and chairs she developed, in various shapes and sizes, coupled with legs in a variety of colors. Her angular solid-teak dining table, developed out of need and to get her company going, stands legs akimbo on cool yellow feet.
When we transferred to Malaysia we just had the sofa, she states. I understood I wanted to remain in this company, so said, why don’t I challenge myself? It compelled me to get the prototypes taking place.
Having produced the designs, Olah who worked for architectural services company SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) in New York prior to transferring to Malaysia for a brief stint and later Hong Kong then had to find individuals willing to produce the furniture. Unsuccessful searches in Malaysia and China led her back to her native land, Indonesia, where she found artisans who could make exactly what she wanted to sell: minimalist, customizable furniture, created according to specific tastes, at competitive rates.
Olah also wanted to produce a furniture brand name that was more like a style label in its flexibility and ever-changing nature.
We will constantly have our conventional collections, however we will be adding new tops, colors and developing limited-edition pieces in collaboration with artists and designers, she states.
Olah has currently begun the process with some furniture in her flat. Carrara marble pieces are now offered as tabletops and because of demands the stone has actually likewise begun being utilized as smooth, useful table runners.
Like her clearly trendy furniture, the destination of her house lies in exactly what she credits to good bones and simplexes.
I’ve never ever truly been into patterns, she says. I prefer to keep everything plain, and I was to think that dates.