A Hong Kong flat where the kitchen takes centre stage
Two avid cooks have defied Hong Kong interior norms by designing their Mid-Levels apartment around a wonderful gas stove
"We love to cook," says Morgaine. "We do it four or five times a week and it's always a massive spread."
The couple grew up in Connecticut, in the United States, but didn't meet until both were living in Hong Kong (Morgaine works in fashion and Paul in transport). Eight years ago, they had been dating for only a month when Paul decided to buy a flat in a 1960s building. He was living in a high-rise housing estate and was looking for something a little more intimate.
"I couldn't stomach the idea of a big, flashy lobby, and I wanted to live in a real neighbourhood," he says.
With the help of Morgaine, he found what he was looking for in a low-key corner of Mid-Levels.
The 1,137 sq ft apartment needed work, but when the dust finally settled on their first renovation, the McGees weren't entirely satisfied with the result. The kitchen had been squeezed into a narrow slither at the rear of the apartment, which made for some cosy evenings with guests. Two years ago, however, the couple decided to redo the flat and enlisted the help of a friend, architect Cameron Hestler.
This time it was a success.
The pendant light (HK$3,500) came from Indigo Living. The sterling-silver fish on the wall was made by California-based artist Ruth Wright. The Trust floor tiles, by Atlas Concorde, were sourced through Pacific Gallery (159 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2827 9918) years ago.
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