In the October 2016 edition, Hong Kong Tatler describes LALA CURIO founder, Laura Cheung, as an “ultimate mix master.” Laura combines different textures, designs and styles as she decorates her family’s Kowloon Tong home with woven Japanese Obis, intricately embroidered silks, and primitive African figures.
“There is a lot going on,” Laura laughs. But the trademark eye-popping style of Laura Cheung provides “harmonious juxtapositions”. Laura tells Hong Kong Tatler about her interest in craftsmanship and décor came about. “When everyone else was playing with dolls, I was making things and drawing. Then at 13, I had such fantastic tutors and was lucky enough to have everything from music, painting and life drawing lessons to our own pottery kiln. I was so happy.”
Her interest peaked through her fascination of Cloisonné. “When I was studying for my master’s degree, I wanted to do my thesis on Cloisonné even though my tutor tried to talk me out of it by saying no one is interested in it anymore.” She continued to travel across China to convince artisans to experiment with innovative designs and techniques. Now she feels like she’s on “a mission to revive ancient artisanship.”