At Home with Eve Mercier
A sense of authentic ease is evident throughout Eve Mercier’s Stanley home. Her bright seaside apartment reflects her vision and personality, as does the surrounding village atmosphere far removed from high rise buildings and cityscapes. At the far western end of the Stanley Peninsula overlooking secluded St Stephens Beach, the location is the antithesis of Hong Kong’s central district. So too is the pragmatic-luxe interiors vibe. For Eve and her family, this was exactly what they had in mind when Habitat made the introduction just over seven years ago. Eve is the founder of Insight Interior Design School a trailblazing concept in Hong Kong. Tapping into a niche concept, students work on real-life projects with real clients and deadlines. Her long and short courses focus on artisan experience, technique, atelier visits, lectures and skills demonstrations.
Her own background is a creative hybrid of art history, fashion, accessories and interior design, and the success of Insight comes down to this comprehensive understanding of aesthetics, colour and genuine craftmanship. The same design confidence is clearly communicated in her home.
Artists in her home include the fantastical works of Indian artist Rina Banerjee and Spanish sculptor artist Eduardo Chillida, with his dramatic industrial-style shapes. Four emotive prints from another Indian artist, Anish Kapoor, allow a burst of mystical colour above the white sofa. Of her approach to colour: “These (Kapoor) prints are the start of the conversation, with the white sofa for synergy. The cushions (mostly blends of yellows and blues) have to then talk to that.” For Eve, art can be humble and yet highly prized, depending on your response to it. As such, her decorative touches are from as far afield as flea markets in Paris and China, with woven baskets from South Africa holding a particularly special place in her travel memory. “The graphics are phenomenal.” Her approach is to her own home is the same one she conveys to her students. “It’s not about copying a look. It’s seeing where shape plays with colour. It’s conscious, active, clever design.” The longevity of her space choices are proof she has created something special. “Whatever I have done to this apartment, I have not touched it since,” she says, walking down the corridor and opening the door to the terrace from the master bedroom. A muted, feminine softness is prevalent, similar to her twins’ pale-hued bedroom, also with its own terrace overlooking the sea and manicured tropical communal garden below. A spare room/TV room is accessed via a second bathroom from the twins’ room. This has a cosier, more practical atmosphere. A study off the living room, a modern kitchen and a spiral, wrought iron stair case leading to the kitchen for separate access are the finishing touches.