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Homes My Favourite Things: Dara Huang Of Design Haus Liberty

My Favourite Things: Dara Huang Of Design Haus Liberty

My Favourite Things: Dara Huang Of Design Haus Liberty
By Hong Kong Tatler
August 29, 2018
The founder of the London-based architecture and interiors firm Design Haus Liberty talks about the buzz of New York, French bistro fare and the view of the Bosphorus from the Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

1/7 New York

Photo: Pexels
Photo: Pexels

Probably New York, because it’s got so much energy. I love being in buzzy places that have a great mixture of authenticity and delicious food. I’m an American living in London so New York is like home, but we’re just opening a Hong Kong office right now so I’m living in between London and Hong Kong. The key to calling anywhere “home” is having friends and family to make you feel welcome.

2/7 Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Çiragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul (Photo: Shutterstock)
Çiragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul (Photo: Shutterstock)

It depends on my mood but I loved the Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul—not so much for the decor, but for the view from the terrace of the waterfront pool and yachts on the Bosphorus. That being said, fresh food, a beautiful setting and sun usually do it for me. I also like any of the hotels around Lake Como, and the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris.

See also: 10 Most Luxurious Yachts You Can Charter In Hong Kong

3/7 The Richer Way by Julian Richer

The Richer Way, by Julian Richer (Photo: Courtesy of Penguin Books Australia)
The Richer Way, by Julian Richer (Photo: Courtesy of Penguin Books Australia)

I like non-fiction. An entrepreneur recommended The Richer Way by Julian Richer, and Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight.

4/7 Tate Modern

Tate Modern, in London (Photo: Courtesy of shutterstock)
Tate Modern, in London (Photo: Courtesy of shutterstock)

I love the Tate Modern in London and actually helped to design the new building. However, I prefer the old one, with its inviting sloping floors where people sat just like they would on a lawn. The awesomeness of this space really is so powerful—even when it’s empty.

See also: Will Travel For Art: 10 Global Exhibitions To See This Summer

5/7 Le Petite Maison

Sea bass at Le Petit Maison in London (Photo: Mashable)
Sea bass at Le Petit Maison in London (Photo: Mashable)

Le Petite Maison is my favourite restaurant in London. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is friendly and it’s always buzzing. Even though getting a reservation takes time, and it’s filled with celebrities, the atmosphere is comfortable and casual; no one comes here to show off. It’s also a great place for a date.

6/7 Jean-Michel Basquiat

One of Basquiat's most infamous pieces, "Untitled" (Photo: Courtesy of KUOW)
One of Basquiat's most infamous pieces, "Untitled" (Photo: Courtesy of KUOW)

I love so many artists, but Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artwork is seriously amazing and incredibly moving. Recently I was given a book of his paintings, with accompanying poems by Maya Angelou. Like many artists that have moved and touched us, his life was tragic and ended too soon. I wonder if suffering is central to the creative urge.

7/7 Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast in Italy (Photo: Courtesy of Audley Travel)
Amalfi Coast in Italy (Photo: Courtesy of Audley Travel)

I’m about to go to Italy’s Amalfi Coast, which I’ve heard is very hard to beat. In general, I’m content wherever there is sun, scenic water views and excellent food.

See also: A Photographer's Guide To Taking Great Travel Photos

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