The Pavilia Hill is a luxury bespoke residence in the heart of Hong Kong and curated by Cultural Entrepreneur Adrian Cheng under New World Development’s The Artisanal Movement.
The design pays tribute to nature and artisanship. Its interior and landscape designs are all based on Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic and worldview centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Based on the principles of Wabi-Sabi, Toby Ng designed a visceral and texturally rich book to reflect the serenity of the main feature of this residence, the Tranquil Zen gardens by Japanese Zen priest and landscape architect Shunmyo Masuno. A raw stone texture was chosen for the book’s hard cover, to resemble the special stone sculptures’ sublime presence in The Pavilia Hill. In addition, by deploying various printing methods in combination with a selection of 10 types of texturally rich fancy paper, the final effect created a striking visual impact and sensual experience for readers of the book.
A set of 4 bookmarks was designed as gifts for guests during the walking tour of the residence’s 4 key areas at the party. The materials for the bookmarks were selected encapsulate / reflect the sensibility of each area:
侘寂 美 — Swimming Pool & On Sen To match the interior design and feel of nature a rough raw textured paper was selected and treated with a UV effect to create the reflection of words in water.
回歸真我 — Meditation Room Hot stamped Japanese Pachica paper was used to create translucent effects, showing the type when light strikes through from its back – a metaphor for the ‘Return to Self’.
和敬清寂 — The Tea Pavilion The four concepts under the principles of Chado, The Way of Tea – 和 (Harmony), 敬 (Respect), 清 (Purity), 寂 (Tranquility) were printed on a special paper reminiscent of the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer that is dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum – embracing the flawed or imperfect.
山水有清音 — Landscape Garden For Zen master Shunmyo Masuno’s Landscape Garden 山 (Mountain), 水 (Water), 有 (Existence), 清 (Purity), 音 (Sound) of crafted stones, a sand textured paper, rough like a rock’s surface was selected.
Toby Ng also designed a be-spoked premium invitation for The Pavilia Hill Party, whose theme was ‘Serenity Above, A Journey of Wabi-Sabi’. The Invitation was designed as a Gift Box holding a blind debossed abstract brushstroke by The Pavilia Hill’s landscape architect and Zen priest, Shunmyo Masuno.
The Gift Box was designed to encase: A 3D embossed Invitation Card illustrated with Morning Glory flowers and the story of Tea Master Sen Rikyu, served as a gentle reminder of the world of Wabi-Sabi. A Scroll with the personal calligraphy of Shunmyo Masuno featured 一期一會 (Ichi-go ichi-e), a Japanese cultural concept deeply rooted in the traditional tea ceremony, extending Cultural Entrepreneur Adrian Cheng’s humble invitation to guests.