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MAKING things HAPPEN 臻尚思设计 实现不可能

Sharon Wong & Miguel Clavero
Co-Founders / Managing Directors of Luxury Design Consultancy

Malaysian born, Sharon Wong, said, “Starting Luxury Design Consultancy was a decision that turned my life around.” Equipped with a banking degree, she quitted the banking environment when she found out the job was boring and she felt that she was not professionally challenged.  She then joined IBM and dedicated her 15 years of career in the IT world. She left IBM when she had her daughter and started her career again with UNISYS for another 4 years until she relocated her whole family to Melbourne, Australia in January 2006 where they now call home.

Her last employment was with Hirsch Bedner associates, an international design company where she spent 4 years heading the admin and financial division.  It was a total different job scope and she quickly found a niche adapting and learning the world of interior design and language. She later became very involved in the business development side of the business and travelled frequently to China pitching for new business.

“I realize that in life, strength doesn’t come from what you can do.  It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

“It was through HBA that I met my now co-founder and business partner, Miguel Clavero.  In February 2015, we decided to branch out and thus the formation of luxury design consultancy. We realised that with Miguel’s experience in creativity and his knowledge of the luxury world, we would create something totally different, where we will give personal attention to the clients and create what the clients want instead of telling clients what is best for them. We would create for clients what they request and provide them with the sensation of luxury.”

Miguel says Sharon’s the number person, and he’s the creative person.

“However, we found that there is also a market in Australia where majority of the people could not differentiate between premium and high end luxury. That set our brains working and we came up with a project and event which will be the first in Australia, a luxury weekend in Melbourne.”

Luxury Design Consultancy provide services of Architecture, Interior Design and Marketing “de Luxe”. The philosophy of giving these options to the clients is to give them the opportunity to unify the three pillars of some projects, working within the clients from the roots of the projects up to delivery beyond their expectations. With offices in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Madrid, there will be another one soon in Dubai.

黄钲欣设立臻尚思设计顾问公司是一个改变人生的决定。出生于马来西亚的她曾经的目标是金融行业,但随即发现银行工作对她来说枯燥且缺乏挑战,她选择了退出,过后进入 IBM 公司,转战IT领域长达 15 年。2006 年,她全家移民澳大利亚墨尔本,一个让她有归宿感的地方。

由于最后的职业生涯是在世界著名酒店设计公司 Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) 的管理和金融部门工作了 4 年光景,与之前工作环境和职责不一样,她很快适应室内设计的语言和经验,由于后期参与业务拓展,经常出差至中国寻求新项目。

通过HBA,她认识了现在联合创始人与生意伙伴 Miguel。2015年他们决定辞职自立门户创办臻尚思设计公司,由于意识到 Miguel 的非凡创造力,还有他曾经与奢华世界接轨的经历。


黄钲欣的专长是数字,而 Miguel 的专长是创造,然后他们发现了澳大利亚这个市场,还有许多人分不清高级与高端奢华之间的区别。他们想出举办一个“启蒙”活动,这也是澳大利亚首次出现的类似活动: “墨尔本奢华周末”,这个长达3天的贸易展览会,除了拥有额外现场奢华体验,也是奢华品牌亮相的平台,展现最新设计与趋势。

臻尚思设计顾问给予建筑、室内设计和奢华营销服务与咨询。提供客户选项的理念是让他们有机会统一项目的三大过程:从开端、制作到完成,以超越客户期待的方式圆满达至计划项目。目前他们在墨尔本,香港, 新加坡与马德里皆有办事处,包括即将在迪拜设立。

“我意识到所谓的力量并不是你可以做什么,而是克服做不了的事情。”Luxury Design2

He was born in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Granada, Spain. Under the influence of the excellence of the Alhambra palace, he has a wide international exposure living in the 5 continents. It gave him a wide angle of vision about the design world from different perspectives from various cultures and styles from the countries where he was developing his professional career.

Throughout his career, he has maintained the highest performance and professional standards within a diverse range of International High End Interior Design Projects. With 20 years experience in multidisciplinary projects, he has refined an inspiring work philosophy having educated his creative mind in architecture, interior design and graphic design. Armed with an appreciation for business and management, Miguel earned his stripes working with some top tier firms around the world before settling in Melbourne with his family.

He has designed and built several outstanding examples of interiors that reflect its unique vision, mixing art with science and technology to produce intriguing cultural experiences and architectural designs.

Form is the function of in-depth analysis based on client needs and expectations. Through internal dialogue with the team, he determines the essence of a project, which becomes the seed information critical to the project development. The core of work philosophy was conceived to meet the growing and changing needs of its clients.

From the list of high end clients we can highlight, Royal House of Qatar, Royal House of Saudi Arabia, Royal House of Bahrain, Mansions in Dubai, Julio Iglesias the famous singer, 5 Stars hotels around the world and Corporate or retail projects like Louis Vuitton.

A passionate cook and traveller, these interests became the key for developing his own chain of “Bhuda Bar” restaurants in the past in Spain. Now in partnership with Sharon Wong, they founded Luxury Design Consultancy which is developing the Melbourne Luxury Weekend, a 3 days trade show format with a lot of additional events. “Luxury Experiences” will be a platform for the Luxury Brands to showcase the latest trends and design and to give the public the opportunity to feel and participate in the carefully selected events in an outstanding atmosphere.

他出生在世界上最美丽的城市之一–西班牙格拉纳达。在阿尔罕布拉宫的影响下,他曾在世界上 5 洲居住过。正是这种经历赋予他来自不同文化与风格的设计角度,也为他的历练增砖添瓦。

纵观 Miguel 的职业生涯,在国际高端室内设计项目保持高水准和职业标准。20多年的项目建设过程中,他已习惯培养启发式的工作理念,不断完善建筑、室内和标识设计的创新思维。

由于对商务与管理高度的认知感,Miguel 在定居在墨尔本之前曾任职于世界一些顶级设计公司。




从 Miguel 高端客户群的名单可见一斑:卡塔尔皇室、沙特阿拉伯皇室、巴林皇室、迪拜豪宅与著名歌手 Julio Iglesias,全世界5星级酒店和大集团或是零售业项目如路易威登。

一个富有激情的厨师和旅行家,也是他曾在西班牙发展本身连锁饭店 “Bhuda Bar” 的关键动力。而与黄钲欣携手成立臻尚思设计公司后,作为澳大利亚的高端奢华先锋“墨尔本奢华周末”活动的执行总监,他同样提供了一个别出心载的创造平台。


“With a portfolio that reads like a complete guide to interior design, it is clear that Miguel’s design approach stretches beyond aesthetic and trend, exploring the fundamental elements of good design. “Luxury Design1


Jet setting to the next level 晋级翱翔的喷射机

Athivat Krisnampok

General Manager, Southern Australia, Thai Airways International

by Karina Foo

He is fond of travel and even more fond of family ties so his career destination in the aviation industry is indeed a perfect fit. Athivat Krisnampok of Thai Airways always dreamed of the opportunity to travel while still being close to family.

The son and brother of a pilot, he started as a sales representative for Thai Airways International 22 years ago in Bangkok. From there, he worked his way up the career ladder, moving to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Nagoya, Bali and now to Melbourne at his current position as the general manager of Southern Australia.

One of the reasons he didn’t choose the same paths as his father and brother could possibly be that he’s a well rounded and grounded person, in more ways than one.

“My family said that one on the sky and one on the ground balances things out. Instead of flying a plane, I’m being flown on the plane and I love it,” said Athivat.


As a boy, he already set sights on being a part of this highly honoured Thai institution because of its prestigious image that strengthened its country’s patriotism.. “I still remember more than 30 years ago that Thai Airways International received an award for the best airlines in the world and it wasn’t just a proud milestone for the company but for the Thai people,” he recalled.

For the last four over years at his current role, he has been overseeing sales operations throughout the Southern Australian regions. While increasing revenue is purely driven on output, working on creating that output is fundamental to achieving the desired results.

“I’m also in charge of managing the day to day operations at our airport and ensuring that customers are satisfied with our service. I’m also there to motivate our team, establish and maintain high standards of safety, security in accordance to our company policies and procedures,” he explained.

He is particularly proud that the company continuously reviews and implements safety technologies to operate its flights safely and efficiently, meeting and exceeding required standards that are required by external authorities.

Thai Airways started operating in Sydney in 1971 starting and branched out to Melbourne in 1980 followed by Brisbane and Perth. It has grown exponentially in Australia and internationally, now flying to and from 75 destinations.

So aside from its exemplary image, Athivat says that the “secret” behind the airline’s growing international success is its people.

“Our employees have been with us for many years and some, even more than 30 years. Dedication is unparalleled in any business, especially in the dynamic aviation industry that has been and is still going through crisis, challenges and changes over the years. The strength, reliability and support of our People can not be underestimated and I’m proud to be part of it too. We’ve also built strong ties with the local communities we work with as well as key trade partners. All this is encompassed into our unique culture that makes Thai Airways different from the others airlines.”


While every airline boasts on-board Entertainment, beautiful interiors and designs, Athivat believes that the company has an extra edge which is the Thai culture that touches the hearts of its people and customers. “We employ Thai people and international staff who learn our culture. It’s something that I call ‘Touch of Thai’,” he said.

It’s not only this touch of his homeland that fuels his passion for work, but his parents and co-workers are the key sources of support.

“They’ve been there for me and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have faced challenges at work as it’s not always been smooth sailing but they’ve helped me find my feet time and time again. I’ve also found that being highly adaptable to situations can yield surprising results. I believe in learning and failing quick, picking myself up and moving on.

Perhaps we can all learn something from Athivat who believes in this theory by Charles Darwin “It’s not the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survives, but one that’s most adaptable to change.”

He also relates this to the constantly evolving needs of customers and to be one step ahead of competitors. “Changing and adapting is a challenge and such a challenge poses one of the many initial steps to achieve success. It can also be applied to all aspects of life,” said Athivat.

他喜欢旅行,更爱家庭关系,所以他服务于航空业确实是一个完美的契合。Athivat Krisnampok 对于泰国航空一直抱持的梦想:那是一场完美的家庭旅行。

作为飞行员家族的儿子和兄弟,22年前开始,Athivat Krisnampok 开始担任泰国国际航空公司曼谷的销售代表,活跃在航空业。从那里,他启动了晋升的阶梯:高升往香港、东京、名古屋,巴厘岛和目前的所在地墨尔本担任职务,现职为泰航澳大利亚南部区域的总经理。



在男孩时期,他已经把崇敬的目光投向泰国机构,除了声望,当然还因爱国意识。“我还记得 30 多年前,泰国国际航空获得世界性的荣誉“最佳航空公司”,不仅是公司骄傲的里程碑,身为泰国人也与有荣焉。”他回忆说。



他感到自豪的是,该公司不间断审查和实施安全技术,谨慎有效地操作飞行安全,满足或超过外部机构的要求标准。1971年,泰航首先在澳大利亚悉尼设立据点,墨尔本据点在 1980年成立,紧随其后的是布里斯班和珀斯。目前泰航已在澳大利亚和国际上成倍增长,共达75个航线目的地,除了长期塑造的模范形象,上述“秘密”的背后是航空公司不断增长的国际规格人力。





Designing The Future 设计未来

Tony Battersby

Director, SJB Architects

Architecture is the best example of the perfect synergy between artistic creativity and science. Balancing the cold practicalities of science and the flamboyance of art is no easy task but it is something Tony Battersby has been excelling in for many years. Essenze caught up with the talented architect to get an insight into the world of architecture and design.

He joined SJB Architects back in 2000 and today, Tony Battersby is a director in the firm and has undertaken a variety of significant projects in both China and Australia. SJB traditionally designs luxury residences and today, the firm has moved to creating a large number of apartment projects that include the likes of a new 200m tower in the CBD as well as a recent golf resort, a number of hotels and a diverse range of intriguing and unique projects like the “bathroom of the future” for Kohler in Shanghai.

According to the creative architect, one of the most challenging projects that SJB has taken on was a Country Club Resort in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. The resort was located on an elevated ridge, in bushfire territory where temperatures dropped below zero in winter. The resort covers a wide expanse that included a new golf clubhouse, hotel accommodation, day spa, pools, gym, cinema, conference room and banquet hall as well as member facilities.

“It is a wonderfully inclusive range of everything we do!” he said.

“The client and builder had a few arm-wrestles and I often needed to umpire or intervene with clever solutions,” Battersby shared. In the end, the project was a great success and Battersby believed he learned a great deal from the project and at the same time, made many lasting friendships on the job. It is projects like these that can define the professionalism and creativity of an architect.

The year 2002 was the year when he first started a series of projects in China after winning some invited design competitions. Since then, he has visited dozens of provinces along the east coast, central and southern China to design a wide variety of projects including freeway gateway structures, toll plazas, service centres, hotels, resorts and most recently, shopping centres and retail districts.

Naturally, along the way, Battersby picked up some Mandarin and he also tried to immerse himself in the local culture especially the particular district and province where his latest project is located. “I personally visited every single project site that I was commissioned to design and worked hard to understand the unique sense of place, history and aspirations for each of the project sites. My goal was to always leave a positive built environment outcome and a lasting and joyful design solution for any project that I worked on in China,” he said, adding that the experience he gained working in China had been a truly amazing one.

SJB, which is celebrating its 40th year in Melbourne next year, now is known for delivering enduring design solutions that stand the test of time and also, creating joy for the inhabitants. “My designs focus on unique solutions because at SJB, we aspire to adopt a classic modern approach to design,” he said. SJB works with many private developers due to the firm’s approach to creating beautifully designed, well-built and feasible projects. This is a craft that the firm has built on and added to during its decades of experience and practice.

SJB has worked with UAG, an Australian developer known for its elegant luxurious residential projects, on their three largest projects over the last few years. The projects included significant apartment projects, a variety of studio spaces and display suites. “UAG has provided us with great opportunities to create signature projects for them,” Battersby said.

“The client and builder had a few arm-wrestles and I often needed to umpire or intervene with clever solutions.”

Naturally, it helps that he and UAG managing director Nicole Chow, who is also his wife, are on the same wavelength when it comes to design. “That makes the design process a joy and we are equally passionate about the quality and detail of every one of our projects,” he said. He said Nicole is particularly loyal to her team of consultants so they always try to keep a tight team of experienced professionals who are well versed with UAG’s particular requirements. UAG consistently pushes for innovative solutions and relentlessly challenges the design and delivery team to bring forth superbly designed buildings. “As a result, Nicole and her team usually sell a significant portion of every new project to repeat purchasers,” he said.

Due to UAG’s insistence on aesthetically designed projects that are equally functional, Battersby said SJB is proud to continue on in this journey together with the UAG team in designing more elegantly outstanding projects.

2000年,Tony Battersby 加入了 SJB建筑公司。今天,作为该公司的董事,并承担了中国和澳大利亚的重大项目。SJB公司也从传统设计到现今的豪华住宅,创作许多优美公寓项目,包括像中央商务区(CBD)200米高的新塔、高尔夫度假村,酒店和各式有趣独特的项目:如未来的浴室,这是他们为著名的卫浴品牌科勒在中国上海所量身打造的。








当然,这也协助促进他与妻子(UAG集团董事经理Nicole Chow),他们在设计方面频率一致。

设计过程充满乐趣,我们同样对每一个项目的质量和细节都充满激情。Nicole 特别忠于自己的顾问团队,与经验丰富和深谙 UAG 特殊要求的专业人士紧密配合,再加上持续推动创新方案和不懈挑战的设计,优异结果显示,Nicole 团队的新项目很大部分都出现重复的购买者 。

由于 UAG 坚持有质感的美学设计,他表示 SJB公司将自豪地继续这段合作旅程,与 UAG 团队共同创造更优秀的建设项目。