A Design Dream
Tatler Hong Kong|February 2021
Natasha Usher of Nude Design is responsible for many of Hong Kong’s most memorable interiors

Natasha Usher has been quietly shaping the city for years. Even those who have not heard of the designer will have certainly seen her work around Hong Kong in the numerous hotel and restaurant interiors she has designed.

The Hong Kong-born interior architecture graduate has designed for many prominent companies in the region, including the Sino and Swire groups and New World Development, and she also led the interior design department at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts before founding her own design consultancy, Natasha Usher Design Enterprise (Nude), in 2001.

Creativity is a lifelong pursuit for Usher, who says she loved drawing and making things as a child. While studying psychology, she spent her summers interning at advertising companies. “I loved the creative process of advertising and although I enjoyed studying psychology, I couldn’t imagine a career dealing with people’s troubled emotions,” she says.

At the start of her career in Hong Kong, she was the only female designer at a firm that designed karaoke clubs, hotels and institutional and municipal projects in mainland China. She enjoyed the work but it did not allow her the artistic freedom she now enjoys. “Back then, we had to follow a standard of what the company expected from us, so there was no independent creative outlet,” she says.

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