Joyce Wang credits her upbringing in Hong Kong with inspiring a ‘fascination’ with vernacular architecture and materials. After a brief spell in London, where she completed her degree at the Royal College of Arts, she returned to Hong Kong to found her eponymous studio in 2011.

‘The studio direction I’ve established is to continually innovate design language in the luxury realm by working with people and on briefs that are highly diverse and pioneering, she says. ‘China has provided an unparalleled platform for us to test ideas and create prototypes at ease, and then to develop those ideas into tangible solutions.’

A resturant table designed by Joyce Wang
Ichu Peru, Hong Kong, 2018, © Joyce Wang Studio

It’s perhaps this level of flexibility that has allowed Wang and her studio to complete a wealth of projects in a relatively short space of time, ranging from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the E by Equinox spa in London and the Mott 32 restaurant chains in Hong Kong, Vancouver, Las Vegas and Singapore. ‘For the Mott spaces, we’ve developed a unique design language that represents the marriage of Chinese imperialism and New York industrialism enlivened with the soul of Hong Kong,’ she says. ‘My approach to design draws upon cultural inspirations, displayed through a striking use of materials.’§

A table with design features to hold items of food
Ichu Peru, Hong Kong, 2018, © Joyce Wang Studio
A portrait of Joyce Wang
Joyce Wang