For prolific designer, Tracey Boyd, the evolution of her career from fashion into furniture is one that excites her. Says Boyd, “My love of design has lead me through many phases of the creative process, from starting as a fashion and children's book illustrator, to the catwalk presentations of my work at Boyd for 15 years as a British fashion designer, retailing through some of the most beautiful stores in the world. I'm loving my new development into furniture; it's where I can combine so much of my experience into these new creations.”
For Boyd, the creative process begins with hundreds of little ideas and sketches, often inspired by her travels abroad. India, in particular, has a recurring presence in Tracey’s designs, visible through unique details such as Cowrie shells (once considered to be a valuable Indian commodity) which have been incorporated into a series of fabulous tables.
Boyd also cites “anything by Gio Ponti” as an influence on her designs, and accordingly she pays homage to the great architect through the eponymous collection of tables.
The use of eclectic materials is a calling card for Boyd pieces, with lacquer, coloured mica, mixed nickel with brass and terrazzo among her current favourites. Boyd adds, “I really enjoy working with contrasting materials in unexpected, unconventional ways that they should really be used.” The new Terrazzo Round Coffee Table, which launches in 2017, is one of Boyd’s favourite pieces, with the designer comparing it to “a big slab of nougat treasure”.
Of her design aesthetic, Boyd says, “My designs tend to be simple shapes with interesting details. Hardware can really make a piece; my Lucite and Brass Formal Handles add something very elegant to the Formal collection and the Herringbone print on my sideboard shows how I combine my fashion textile background with pattern and furniture.”
The Boyd Collection is available to order in-store.
Hong Kong is home to an iconic skyline, legendary food, enchanting neighborhoods and now, SONDER living. The first SONDER living store in Asia opened over the weekend, within the new HD Buttercup space in renowned fashion and furniture destination, Horizon Plaza. Globally, the SONDER living brand is synonymous with originality, craftsmanship and a bold design philosophy, and we are proud to continue this legacy in our Hong Kong store, stocking designs by some of the industry’s most celebrated contemporary brands, including Andrew Martin and Maison 55, with wall art by Coup&Co., lighting by Nellcote Studio and accessories by Lily Koi, Made Goods, Pigeon & Poodle and Assouline. The store will also be the exclusive Hong Kong distributor of iconic Californian designer, Thomas Bina, widely regarded to be at the forefront of sustainable design.
Sonder Living at HD Buttercup, Hong Kong
2/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau
Tel: +852 2799 5878
Open every day, 10am – 7:30pm
This is my fortieth year in business, so the Retrospective Collection is really an ode to my entire career; it’s about me taking wonderful inspirations from the places I’ve been, projects that I’ve worked on, and vintage pieces that I’ve seen all over the world. Each piece has a little bit of everything that I’ve picked up in the last 40 years, and it just looks fabulous.
All of the materials that I’ve used in this collection are a culmination of things that I’ve used over the years and loved; lacquer, all different shades and grains of wood, rose gold, brass, nickel, glass, marble. It’s the way you combine these textures and materials that actually make it really fantastic. It’s like cooking- the more spices that you put into a dish that you’re preparing the more fantastic it tastes.
I think it’s really hard to say that one piece is my favourite because it changes all the time but there are a few that really spring to mind. I just absolutely adore the Shield Console Table; every time I look at it, it just flows off the wall. And the Bessie Side Table looks like a load of gold has just been dropped on the top of the wood - the combination of textures is fantastic.
For me, the most satisfying part of putting together a collection like this is beginning to see it in people’s homes; people loving individual pieces, or mixing them with existing pieces in their home that they’ve collected over the years. I love the whole process – not only do I create homes for people to live in, but I now create furniture for people to have in their homes and enjoy.
Kelly Hoppen’s Retrospective Collection is available to order in-store.