Ed Ng is Co-founder and Principal of Hong Kong’s award-winning design studio, AB Concept. With over 20 years specializing in luxury hospitality, residential and commercial interior design, Ed has led his firm to become one of the most visionary and internationally acclaimed design studios in Asia. A graduate of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ed is an active participant in various international design forums, as well as a strong advocate for young local designers. He is the Vice President of the APHDA to support efforts at Tsinghua University to develop leading design talents in China. Ed is also a regular blogger for HotelsMag.com, here.
As lead architect, Terence Ngan, Co-founder and Principal, has defined AB Concept’s signature sleek style. His work, characterised by a simplicity and sophistication is timeless, revealing his clear-minded approach, his innate ability to manipulate spaces, and his appreciation for architectural rigor. An award-winning architect, Hospitality Design magazine included Terence in its 2010 ‘Wave of the Future’ feature, an annual list comprising the industry’s most innovative and exciting designers.
Best of Year Awards Finalist | Best Spa
Gold Key Awards Finalist | Best Nightclub/Lounge
Hospitality Design Awards | Best Public Space
Design et al | Shortlisted
The World Spa & Wellness Awards | Winner
International Property Awards for Asia-Pacific | Best Design Apartment for Hong Kong
The Best Chinese Restaurant in China by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide
Quality Building Award | Finalist
Gold Key Awards Winner | Best Guest Room Category
International Hotel and Property Awards Winner | Best Design in 'Hotels Over 200 Rooms' Category
IIDA Global Excellence Awards | Honorable Mention Restaurant
Hospitality Design Awards Winner | Fine Dining Restaurant Category
Hospitality Design Awards Winner | Mid-Range / Economy Hotel
IDC Hospitality Design Award Winner | Best Hotel Design
Gold Key Awards | Casual Dining
IDC Hospitality Design Award of Outstanding Work
Gold Key Awards | Winner of Lobby & Reception Category
Outstanding Greater China Design Award
Outstanding Greater China Design Award
Outstanding Greater China Design Award
APIDA Honourable Mention Category of Office
PDRA Best Restaurant Interior
Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards | Restaurant Category Bronze
APIDA Honourable Mention Hospitality Category
PDRA Best Hospitality Space (Restaurant)
APIDA Winner Category of Residential
APIDA Winner Category of Hotel
APIDA Winner Restaurant | Bar Category
APIDA Honourable Mention Residential Category
Our design for the W Beijing Chang'an received Finalist in the Best Spa category at the Interior Design 10th Annual Best of Year Awards. Held on 3 December in New York, the awards celebrated the best of the design and architecture community for 2015 at Frank Gehry's IAC building.
The 2015 Gold Key Awards in New York recognized W Beijing as a finalist in the Best Nightclub / Lounge category. Respected throughout the industry, the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design champions outstanding international hotel designers each year.
Our principals Ed & Terence were invited to “re-create” the iconic Drop Chair by Fritz Hansen and presented the Rock Chair, a playful and dynamic reinterpretation for Hong Kong’s International Design Furniture Fair (IDFFHK). “We always find that the Fritz Hansen’s Drop chair had a ‘Happy’ look, so we wanted to add a touch of interactivity and fun to this classic piece by turning it into a Rocking Chair.”
The chair was presented during the fair from August 21st to the 23rd at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and will be on a Touring Exhibition including shown at PMQ and other exhibition venues after. It will be auctioned for Arts with the Disabled charity the end of the year.
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We were proud to unveil the stunning design and celebrate the grand opening of the flagship venue of the glamorous new luxury lifestyle, dining and entertainment brand CÉ LA VI in Hong Kong together with L Capital Asia, the Asian private equity firm sponsored by global luxury group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Aug 13.
The new luxury dining & entertainment brand is located on the top three floors of the new California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong and is a heady concoction of imagination, flair and rhythm - a sanctuary of seduction dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, a tropical oasis in the center of the concrete jungle. Filled with natural materials such as lava stone, ship’s wood, rattan and nourished with live plants in the form of vertical gardens and green chandeliers, the creative vision for the new venue brings the feel of the tropical rainforest into the concrete jungle while constantly paying homage to CÉ LA VI’s commitment to harmony and balance. The motifs and colours of the Southeast Asian landscape occur throughout the venue, using shadow and textures to masterfully create a seductive, intimate and sensual atmosphere.
The next AB Concept-designed CÉ LA VI is the renovation of the iconic Marina Bay Sands venue in Singapore, and continue with venues in Taipei, Bangkok and Dubai.
AD China celebrated its 4th Anniversary with the AD-100 Event at the Aurora Museum in Shanghai on July 3rd. Celebrating the top 100 global talents in architecture and interior design, AD-100 recognizes the most influential designers in the industry who have contributed to outstanding design in China.
The ceremony, held in Shanghai’s Lujiazui, was attended by more than 400 guests and press. A special edition AD China’s June issue covered the top 100 designers’ stories, including a special feature article on AB Concept.
The annual Travelling Scholarship offered to top students at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University’s School of Design was presented to two outstanding students on 29 Jun. Sze Yu Chan and Pui Lam So were offered a combined 50,000HKD for a trip to experience luxury hospitality at a destination of their choice. The Travelling Scholarship, together with the annual Traineeship program, is part of a long-term initiative by AB Concept to invest in young designers of the future in Hong Kong.
The birth of our third office located in Taipei 101, has attracted some amazing talents in the city. We were honoured to be invited by Chung Yuan University to speak to their design students on 19May. The University has the longest running School of Design in Taiwan, and is known as the premier institution for young talents in this industry. We are honored to be invited and they also came to Hong Kong in August with 15 students and immersed with the design experience. Our respect and admiration for designers in Taipei will continue to inspire us as we grow our office in Taipei.
The official launch party of our long awaited project W Beijing – Chang’An official took place on April 17 and was celebrated together with celebrities and the city’s fashion lovers.
Situated on Chang’An Avenue, near the prestigious Embassy Area, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City, W Beijing Chang’An exudes a distrinctive metropolitan vibe. Drawing inspiration from Beijing’s history as the foundation of imperil power, the overarching concept that weaves throughout the hotel comes from ICON EMPIRE, a unique identity that feels dynamic, contemporary and original while still quintessentially Beijing. The design approach develops into 3 pillars: Tian Yuan Di Fang – a Chinese philosophical tenet that depicts ‘heaven as round and Earth as square’; Modern Dynasty, which weaves in commonplace elements such as the image of the birdcage and blue willow porcelain; and Uniformity & Repetition, the overall expression of size and scale inspired by Beijing.
Just in time for AB Concept’s 16th anniversary, we unveiled our newly renovated atelier in March and were pleased to have over 200 friends attending our ‘house warming’ event. Occupying the whole 18th floor of over 15000 sq. ft. of the Leighton Centre in Causeway Bay, the whole workspace had turned into a luxurious home more than just an office by installing a kitchen and a garden area.
The event Transience | Timelessness In Space was a great success.Highlighting AB Concept’s couturier-like approach to design, the spacious reception area doubles as a living room. Custom-made furniture is paired with coveted collectors’ pieces such as Finn Juhl’s Chieftain Chair and Hans Wegner’s Rocking Chair.
Epitomising the bespoke luxury lifestyle, visitors are greeted by rare art pieces that adorn the atelier’s walls and convey AB Concept’s sophisticated style. Paintings by celebrated French artist Olivier et Myriam are complemented by works from American sculptor David Kracoz and Korean talent Yim Tae Kyu.
With a head office in Hong Kong and supporting office in Bangkok, this month heralds the opening of our third office in Taipei. Located in the iconic 101 Tower in the epicenter of the city, the studio is perfectly situated in the design hub of Taipei.
The well-preserved Chinese heritage and a balanced mixture of traditional culture combined with modern elements, the nature of the city itself and great design talent are the reasons that attracted us to Taipei.
The leading Thai institute for design, Silpakorn University, invited Ed Ng to speak about our projects and design philosophy to the top interior design students in the country on 14 Nov 2014. Ed’s inspiring lecture included drawings of recent projects, as well as a number of hand sketches never revealed before.
With our second home in Bangkok, we are committed to supporting and developing the leading talents of design in Thailand.
Our design for the Shangri-La Qufu was awarded Best Public Space for the Hospitality Design Awards 2014 on 4 June at the Grand Hyatt in New York.
The Hospitality Design magazine champions excellence in design each year through its annual awards. Inspired by the principles of Confucian philosophy of Order, Harmony and Hierarchy, and the Six Arts – Calligraphy, Archery, Arithmetic, Music, Chariot Racing and Ceremonial Rites – our design expressed these values through a masterful blend of subtle patterns, rich textures and sleek symmetry. Throughout the hotel, traditional Confucian motifs and recurring Chinese symbols were used to convey a sense of place and pay tribute to the location.
As Terence is a direct descendant of Yan Hui, Confucius’ favorite disciple, it is a work that has a special significance to us.
The annual Travelling Scholarship that is offered to students at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University’s School of Design aims to encourage outstanding students to further pursue their interest and passion in interior design and to reward those with creative vision. This year, nine teams of students of two teammates each were selected to present their concept for the “Future Hotels in 10 Years”. Two finalists were selected to provide a Travel Proposal for a trip to a luxury destination of their choice, in order to experience for themselves a deeper understanding of how to design for luxury hospitality.
The winning team was announced on June 3 during a ceremony at Polytechnic University and granted a cheque to fulfill their travel proposal. The two teams of finalists were both awarded an eight-week internship program at AB Concept.
On May 8, our design for the top floor duplex at 39 Conduit Road, Hong Kong was awarded Best Residential High-Rise Architecture at this year’s International Property Awards at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the world, celebrating the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.
Since the start of 2014, Ed has been a regular blogger on HOTELSMag.com, sharing his insights and experience of design from an Asian perspective. Ed continues to contribute interesting topics in a conversational and casual style, that is both engaging and thoughtful for industry elites around the world.
HOTELS magazine and HOTELSMag.com have been the leading sources of news and analysis for the global hotel industry for decades.
Our design for the Shangri-la Qufu project has been named a Honoree at the 2013 Best of Year Awards by Interior Design Magazine. The awards ceremony was held on 5 December in New York. Over 900 members of the design and architecture community gathered at Frank Gehry's IAC Building in Chelsea to reveal the winners across 90 categories. Shangri-la Qufu was a finalist and Honoree for the Hospitality: Hotel Public Space category.
On 27 September 2013, Asia-Pacific Hotel Design Association (APHDA) in conjunction with Tsinghua University invited Ed to speak at the “Best 50 from China & US Summit” in New York. The panel of guest speakers, including international interior designer Mr. Tony Chi, exchanged insights on architectural and design industry in China compared to the United States. Earlier this year, Ed also gave an inspiring lecture at the Tsinghua University’s School of Continuing Education to over 300 alumni, and was inaugurated into the APHDA membership. Ed is committed to and will continue to support efforts to develop leading talents of design in China.
AB Concept launched a travel scholarship with Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University’s School of Design in 2013 to offer outstanding design students an opportunity to get a head start on a career in luxury and hospitality design. The scholarship included an eight-week internship and a holiday to a luxury destination of choice valued at $HK 50,000.
Ms. Tracy Chow, second year design student at Polytechnic University, thoroughly enjoyed her internship with AB Concept and she commented that her understanding and perception of “luxury” has evolved after her travels to Bali, Indonesia and Hakone, Japan. Tracy believes that it was truly beneficial to experience luxury travels first hand and hopes to bring her experiences in her future designs.
KOHLER, the leading innovators for kitchen and bath, celebrated their 140th Anniversary with a press event to unveil the new design concepts for the flagship Designer’s Gallery in Shanghai. AB Concept chose a contemporary theme for their bathroom suite, using “Within|Without” as the design concept, whilst integrating the latest products from KOHLER’s new range. The event was held on 30 May 2013 and attended by 120 guests and press, including The Bund, Noblesse and Forbes. The final design, to be unveiled in Spring 2014, will feature five distinct Designer Suites by outstanding design firms from across Asia-Pacific. Click here to view the footage of Ed Ng talking about the concept behind AB Concept’s design.
On 26 May 2013, Tsinghua University's School of Continuing Education, in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Hotel Design Association (APHDA), invited Ed Ng to speak at the Conrad Hotel in Beijing to a group of over 300 alumni, industry experts and hoteliers. Mr Ng's inspiring lecture included case studies from projects such as the Four Seasons Pudong "Shang Xi" restaurant, the Mandarin Oriental Spa in Singapore, the W Bali, and Shangri-la Tainan; as well as a number of never before seen footage of AB Concept's conceptual narratives and the design team at work. Attendees rated the lecture as one of the best in a series of talks by award-winning designers and distinguished industry experts. Previous speakers included Tony Chi, Jean Michel Gathy, and Louis Claire. Mr Ng was inaugurated into the APHDA membership, and will continue to support efforts at Tsinghua University to develop the leading talents of design in China.
AD China celebrated its 2nd Anniversary with the AD100 Inaugural Launch in China, celebrating the top 100 global talents in architecture and interior design. Originating from the US in 1990, AD100 recognizes the most influential designers in the industry who have contributed to outstanding design in China. The event was held on 31 May in collaboration with Sina, TuDou, WeiBo and ZhuQu. The ceremony, held in Shanghai’s Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, was attended by more than 300 guests and press. A special edition AD China’s June issue covered the stories of the top 100 designers, with a special feature story on Ed Ng ‘s collaboration with Starwood Hotels.
On November8, 2012, over 100 senior executives from the international hotel industry, together with luxury property developers, designers, members of the media and VIPs, attended the official launch of The Language of Luxe, the first book from internationally renowned interior design firm AB Concept.
As well as receiving a complimentary copy of the deluxe limited-edition book The Language of Luxe, guests were also given a tour of AB Concept’s newly renovated atelier by company co-founders Ed Ng and Terence Ngan. Spread over almost 14,000 sq ft, the gallery-like workspace resembles a luxuriously appointed private residence with its indoor garden, separate living room, private luxury gym, kitchen and den. In addition to exclusive furniture pieces custom-made by AB Concept, classic designer chairs are placed throughout the office and rare art pieces adorn the walls.
Explained AB Concept co-founder Ed Ng: “Since 2001, AB Concept has been defining and creating luxury lifestyles. It’s only fitting, then, that our newly completed atelier should reflect the company’s design values and appreciation for bespoke luxury. We want our designers and team members to find inspiration in the workplace.”
The Language of Luxe chronicles AB Concept’s vast portfolio of work in different disciplines. Published by ORO Editions, each chapter focuses on a design element that AB Concept employs to communicate authentic luxury: Color, Craftsmanship, Texture, Form, Pattern, Scale, Light, Simplicity and Sense of Place.
Over 200 Delegates Confirmed For The Inaugural Hospitality Design Furniture CONVERGE Asia 2012 Conference Held In Conjunction With The International Furniture Fair
In 2nd Annual Global Excellence Awards organized by IIDA, AB Concept awarded the Honorable Mention Restaurant for the design of Shang Palace and LiBai Lounge in Shangri-la Taipei.
AB Concept wins the Top Prize at Prestigious New York Event, the ‘Best Guest Room’ for W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK, beating out some of the world’s best-known design firms.
The Gold Key Awards are sponsored by Interior Design and HOTELS. Winners were announced at a breakfast ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel, New York on Monday, 14 November 2011.
“These wins have special significance given that W Bali marks AB Concept’s first resort project.” Says director and cofounder Ed Ng, who attended the awards ceremony. “This latest win not only shows our versatility, but also the practicality and functionality of our designs.”
AB Concept scored one of the most coveted trophies at the recent International Hotel and Property Awards 2011. The firm won in the ‘Hotels Over 200 Rooms’ category for their groundbreaking work on the W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. Hosted by leading design magazine Design Et Al, the awards were held at Monte-Carlo’s famous L'Hôtel Hermitage with over 50 of the world’s best-known design firms in attendance.
“AB Concept is very excited to win this international award,” says director and cofounder Ed Ng. “We set out to create a unique property unlike anything else on the island. Obviously voters appreciated our vision and have acknowledged our efforts.”
In May, Ed was invited to attend the Global Spa Summit (GSS) in Bali. Held annually, the GSS attracts hotel operators, investors and leaders in the global spa and wellness industries. Ed was one of the panelists invited to discuss 'Differentiating with Design'. Speaking on his experiences redesigning the spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore, Ed's fellow panelists included Sonu Shivdasani, Chairman & CEO of Six Senses Resorts and Spas.
On September 14, 2010, AB Concept will attend the HD Boutique 2010 Exposition & Conference in Florida, presented by Hospitality Design (HD) magazine, in honor of recipients of the 2010 Wave of the Future Awards. Considered an industry leader, visionary and seasoned designer, AB Concept Director, Terence Ngan, was among the seven selectively chosen designers and architects for this award.
AB Concept is proud to announce that it has been named the winner of the sixth annual Hospitality Design (HD) Award in the Fine Dining Restaurant category for The French Window - Hong Kong project. Respceted throughout the industry, Hospitality Design magazine champions excellence each year through its awards, which are vied for by designers globally.
AB Concept will be honored at the awards presentation and reception on June 9 in New York at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel.
The French Window located in Hong Kong most iconic skyscraper IFC, was shortlisted in the UK based Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Selected among over 100 international projects in over 35 countries by a expert judge panel, The French Window will be competing on June 22nd against 6 bespoke projects in the International Restaurant category.
AB Concept is proud to announce that it has won the prestigious US-based Gold Key Award 2009 for Excellence in Hospitality Design in two of its eight categories:
Lobby & Reception – Shangri-la's Far Eastern Plaza, Tainan, Taiwan
Casual Dining - Jen Cafe, Hotel Jen, Hong Kong
Amid internationally known and recognized firms, AB Concept was selected by a panel of industry experts from a pool of 225 projects in 24 countries and the awards were announced and handed over at the Mandarin Oriental in New York on 9 November, 2009.
AB Concept is proud to announce that it has been selected as the winner in the Best Hotel Category of the 2009 IDC Hospitality Design Award for their work at Hotel Jen, Hong Kong. The award is being issued by the Interior Design Magazine China and Hotel Magazine China.
AB Concept is proud to announce that it has been named the winner of the fifth annual Hospitality Design (HD) Award in the Mid-range/Economy Hotel category for the Hotel Jen - Hong Kong project.