Step inside Jiun Ho de Jia and you’re as likely to encounter antique wooden Laotian buddhas or fabulous Peruvian vases as eye-catching ceramics by contemporary Chinese artist Yizhou. That’s because the owner of this atelier-cum-gallery – the talented furniture and interior designer Jiun Ho – aims to create “a totally immersive experience where visitors can discover the global cultures that have inspired me throughout my career”.
An inveterate traveller, Malaysian-born Ho has visited 108 countries. “This exposure to new surroundings, people and material culture has given me an extraordinarily rich vantage-point,” he says. Following a move to Chicago in 1990 to study interior design and architecture, his talent for creating minimal yet sensuous spaces has attracted commissions including Michelin three-star Saison Restaurant SF, Hotel Renew on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, San Francisco’s Revel Spa and a series of residences in Europe, Asia and the US.
In 2000 he launched his own collection of furniture, lighting and floor-coverings. More than 400 designs, characterised by crisp lines, sumptuous fabrics and rich dark woods, are now displayed at Jiun Ho de Jia (which translates from Chinese as ‘the House of Jiun Ho’) and a 15th anniversary collection of 30 new pieces will debut this autumn. Add a discerning selection of carefully curated art and antiques and it’s hard to leave empty-handed.
“For years I imagined a space which both references and transforms the traditional art and antiques gallery model and integrates it within the framework of a furniture showroom,” says Ho. “Two years ago this dream became reality when I opened Jiun Ho de Jia. This special place also serves as my studio and has become a platform for introducing talented artisans from around the world and a gathering place where I can share my passion for travel, food and art.” It’s also a place where lovers of design will find much inspiration as well as one-of-a-kind treasures.