When you picture Hong Kong, what do you see? Chances are it’s flashing neon signs, streets filled with red taxis and a space age style skyline. Known mainly for excess and hedonism, Hong Kong’s not a place most people relate to minimalism. But interestingly enough the city has another side, one that’s all about clean lines and things organised neatly, something I don’t think many people realise. Which is why when boutique jewellery brand Astley Clarke asked me to take them on a tour of my city, I decided it was high time I highlighted all of my favourite minimal corners of the city, along with a few of my favourite minimalist inspired pieces from their newest collection.
Hong Kong for the Minimalist
See – Hong Kong is overflowing with interesting archtitecture, although most of it is more influenced by maximalism than minimalism. But if you’re keen to experience straight lines and grey concrete try the Zaha Hadid’s Innovation Tower at the Polytechnic University in Hung Hom, the lines and tiles of the buildings at Hong Kong Cultural Centre and a mix of new and old at the Asia Society. You can also venture out to Hong Kong Wetland Park – catch some nature and also take a look at some clean grey lines of the new exhibition buildings.
Eat – Eating is a great affair in Hong Kong, and most restaurants go big or go home, but in some corners of the city you’ll find pared back Japanese and Scandinavian inspired spaces. Check out Ethos, Cupping Room and Cafe Deadend for Breakfast/Lunch and Okra for Dinner.
And if all that seems like too much work for you, there are two surefire ways to experience the minimal in Hong Kong. A) Go out early in the morning before the rest of Hong Kong has woken up, luckily that’s not too early as most people rise around 9 or 10. If you take a wander around the street at 8 you’ll find them pleasantly deserted. B) Look up. Yes from afar all those buildings look like the picture of excess, but take a look at them one by one and you’ll notices clean, geometric lines and a symmetry amongst the buildings that’s pretty pleasing to the eye.
A pared back wardrobe to match these minimalist locations… Wearing Astley Clarke Golden Nugget Necklace.
Photos by Nicola Lemmon