Once simply the city’s red light district, now Wan Chai is an up-and-coming neighbourhood home to a variety of hip food, drink and shopping destinations, in particular the sprinkling of hot spots clustered around Star Street. One ambitious new addition is the Sau Wa Fong flagship of quirky lifestyle label Lala Curio, which grabs attention with a stark persimmon facade and porcelain tile bench encircling the patio’s shrubbery. Founded by decorative arts virtuoso Laura Cheung, the boutique showcases Cheung’s signature aesthetic through both its covetable inventory and its whimsical interiors, paying respect to globally-influenced design and old-world craftsmanship.
Step beyond the golden double doors into the atmospheric retail space, intended to resemble an actual home but more promisingly echoing an eccentric C.16th globetrotter’s well-adorned abode, and you’ll discover a 1,500 sq ft trove of eclectic trinkets and statement-making furniture with which to feather your nest. Think finds like a Tudor-style armchair upholstered with ikat-patterned fabric, a hand-painted oak table inlaid with bone from India, or a chinoiserie-inspired bureau in calamander wood, among smaller objects like antique apothecary glass jars and lace-swathed skulls. There’s also an exquisite Cloisonné Tile Collection, beautiful hand-painted wallpapers, and a bespoke furniture collection for those who want to craft something extra special. Home haven!
32 - 33 Sau Wa Fong / Wan Chai / +852 2528 5007 / 1 - 7pm Tue - Sun / + branch / lalacurio.com