Located at the heart of Wan Chai, the inaugural concept store by Archetypal is a one-stop platform for original lighting, furniture and accessories, with an underlying intention to foster a design community.
April 16th, 2015
Located at the Star Street precinct, Archetypal was founded by Desmond Wong, who saw a rising need for quality and better knowledge in the market for design-led products. As a result, the 1,600 square feet multi-label furniture boutique retails an array of products from local brands to brands sourced from other parts of the world.
“The furniture business in Hong Kong has traditionally been dominated by Italian super brands, but with the general living standard getting higher, people are more conscious about what they want in their homes. With that in mind, we want to bring something fresh to the market at a more accessible price range,” Wong explains.
As an advocate for small brands and upcoming talents, Archetypal chooses its products for their ability to “demonstrate innovations in material usage, craftsmanship and the manufacturing process” where “their beauty can merge seamlessly into our daily life.”
Citing an example, he explains, “the Heavy Light by Decode London offers a fresh perspective on concrete by creating an artistic contrast between the smooth exterior and the rugged interior.” Other brands that are carried by Archetypal includes Anglepoise, Another Country, Terence Woodgate, Lee Broom, Blu Dot and Resident.
With regards to local brands, Archetypal retails EOQ, a Hong Kong based furniture brand designed by Michael Young. Wong appreciates the label’s background process of optimising on engineering skills available in Shenzhen – a manufacturing possibility that Young had explored while he was working on a restaurant in Asia. “Young eschewed plastic in favour of recycled aluminium, which is both sustainable and creates beautiful clean lines,” he says. Another local brand available at Archetypal is Loveramics, a contemporary ceramics brand that collaborates with designers to create fun, functional and affordable pieces.
Archetypal is also undefined by any particular aesthetics, choosing to retail products based on design merit. Towards the end of April, UK industrial designer Lee Broom’s Nouveau Rebel will be available in Hong Kong for the first time. “Lee’s collection has also been a special one for us. As you can see from our collection, Lee’s designs are a lot more glamorous than other brands, but the perfect balance between the classic and the modern,” Wong says. He also alludes to taking in the collection due to a rising interest in marble.
“Now that our concept store is open, we will concentrate on finding more independent designers for unique pieces that you will only find at our store,” he concludes.
Keep up to date with the latest and greatest from our industry BFF's!
Located in the gallery precinct of Vienna’s historic old town, the V-ZUG brand display team set out to do something different for a new market, and the outcome is breathtaking.
Channelling the enchanting ambience of the Caffè Greco in Rome, Budapest’s historic Gerbeaud, and Grossi Florentino in Melbourne, Ross Didier’s new collection evokes the designer’s affinity for café experience, while delivering refined seating for contemporary hospitality interiors.
With the help of Buro’s range of soundproof pods and ergonomic chairs, private offices are evolving into spaces that balance privacy with the need for collaboration and flexibility.
The Sub-Zero Wolf showrooms in Sydney and Melbourne provide a creative experience unlike any other. Now showcasing all-new product ranges, the showrooms present a unique perspective on the future of kitchens, homes and lifestyles.
Discover the latest furniture, lighting and accessories from the 21st edition of the London Design Festival, from previously unseen designs from Mid-Century masters to innovative new materials.
It’s bold, beautiful and contains contributions from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Kelly Wearstler and Christian Louboutin. The first monograph from British designer Lee Broom is a must-have.
From global icons to local heroes, these international names are ready to cast their eye over the region’s top award program!
The internet never sleeps! Here's the stuff you might have missed
Five early-career architects from across the country have been selected to participate in the prestigious 2024 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Dulux Study Tour.
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is launching a major publication – ‘Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: The First 40 Years – alongside a corresponding exhibition.
In collaboration with Sydney artist Bella Rose, Haworth’s reimagining of its classic Zody chairs are a celebration of inclusivity, diversity and self-expression.