Preface: Hong Kong lifestyles, David Tang. Interiors: changing spaces; Latin spirit; country life; painter's progress; style counsel; exceptional elegance; bonsai garden; Aladdin's cave; the colour of money; tasteful junk; peak of perfection; beyond the pale; jungle hideaway; imperial seat; ancient revival; cool cutomers; crowning glory; designer living; Indian rhapsody; living by design; pale significance; beautiful obsession; House of Bullion. Chinese style: Chinese details. Hong Kong agenda: annual festivals; visitor's guide.
These two books take different approaches to viewing Asian interior design. Tettoni presents a visual sourcebook to residential design in southeast Asia showing traditional as well as contemporary design in such countries as Bali, Malaysia, Sumatra, and the Philippines. Beginning with a review of the traditional, native dwellings in this area, he devotes the majority of this lavishly illustrated book to the contemporary interpretation of traditional and colonial living both in interiors and in landscaping. At the end he looks at various furniture and accessories‘such as Indonesian furniture and lacquerware‘that define the traditional decorating styles. Benge visits the homes of affluent Hong Kong residents‘from Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, to socialites Kai Bong and Brenda Chau‘giving a glimpse at the Hong Kong lifestyle just before the city's turnover to the Chinese. Yachts, gardens, and nightclubs are also photographed, with most showing a definite modern design style with a just dash of Asian detail. Tettoni's book is the better choice for those patrons seeking examples of affordable, Asian-influenced style.