In renovating the waterfront condo, interior designer and art collector Chasing Wang eschewed fashion and trends for a more personal and enduring interior. Rather than selecting furniture based on an overall aesthetic, Wang turned the design process on its head, assembling a diverse collection of art and design pieces just because he loved them, then intuitively combining them into bold yet elegant compositions. From antiques to Art Deco to modernist and post-modern pieces, Chinese murals, Moroccan rugs to contemporary paintings, dwelling in a paradigm of eclecticism and creative expression, as well as demonstrating Wang’s iconoclastic design ethos.
As you enter the living and dining area, a muted palette of white, beige and gray provides the backdrop for a vibrant and diverse collection of artworks on display near a minimalist black marble fireplace. The living room opens onto the study, where the muted tones of the former are exchanged for a much more dramatic ambiance, surrounded by black and white wallpaper depicting scenes from the opera. The tea room, with its cherry red walls, is a treasure trove of vintage furniture from around the world.
Wang’s mix-and-match approach extends to the bedroom, too: light veneer wall panels, two French Napoleon III-style red velvet-brass chairs used as bedside tables, and an art deco marble fireplace attached the black and white palette evokes a handcrafted Moroccan rug and a shell-shaped marble wall scone. In the adjoining dressing room, the combination of mirrored closet doors with a colorful Henri Matisse rug creates a kaleidoscopic effect of infinite reflections in a playful juxtaposition with the bedroom’s elegant sophistication, only further confirming the iconoclastic boldness of Wang’s design ethos.