In an era of home design when minimal is more and industrial is ideal, a residence that celebrates the multidimensional lives and vivid personalities of its occupants is a rare find indeed. With Lumen Kinoshita’s busy social calendar to contend with, not to mention her high-profile finance career and a demanding jewellery business on the side, one might expect the home she shares with her husband, Japanese architect Andrew Kinoshita, to be the picture of organisation.
But the 3,000 sq ft flat, located on the third storey of a 56-year-old building in Mid-Levels West, is neither modern nor immaculate. Instead, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom space is fit to burst with artworks, eclectic furnishings and other curios the couple have acquired over their 20-year marriage.
“What’s the name of that lady who organises people’s houses?” Andrew asks while playing with their black, bark-happy rescue mongrel Dau Dau, whose name means “adorable” in Cantonese.
“Marie Kondo. We don’t need her, Andrew,” comes Lumen’s rapid-fire reply.
Last October, after a relatively short search, the couple moved from their former address on Conduit Road to a more spacious pad on Robinson Road. “We saw four or five houses before picking this. Andrew likes this area because it’s convenient. I traded out a rooftop garden and attic in our last home for more square feet in this one. This building is unpretentious and totally underdecorated. There’s a Seventies vibe, which I love,” she says.
There is nothing one might describe as underdecorated about the inside of this home. “I know what I want and have a good sense of proportion,” says Lumen, who chose not to hire a decorator. Rising to the top of her field as the head of financial services provider KGI Asia, Lumen also has an astute eye for design, having launched her own jewellery collection, L.Luminous, five years ago.
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