‘Changing it, but not changing it’? What does that even mean?
Christina Ong: “It’s about keeping things simple — although meaningful simplicity can be hard to attain. I’ve always believed that great luxury design is distinct from trend-based, throwaway culture which dazzles but doesn’t last. That’s why I’ve also always liked the description we attached to The Halkin from the moment we briefed the architects back in the 1990s. A ‘home from home’. Because homes hold memories. They are familiar, and comfortable. They are a sanctuary you can trust. The challenge for Linzi was how to hold on to that heart over 30 years later.