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Dongguan through the eyes of an American designer

Will Coon, the Operation Manager of HRS

The American design company HRS is considering establishing its China office in Dongguan. Mr. Will Coon, the Operation Manager of HRS, visited Chang'an Town of Dongguan City for the third time. On this summer's visit he was accompanied by his friend Aaron. "We've been to many other places in China, but Dongguan seems to be the most suitable choice for our China office."

HRS has 30 years experience in housing design and construction, which usually targets affluent high-end clients. All HRS's interior designers are also members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), which is a national association for the more reputable and prestigious designers throughout the US. HRS has performed many classical designs for numerous celebrities, movie producers, and professional athletes including Tom Cruise, Celine Dion, and Michael Jordan.

In Will's opinion, the designer should be familiar with the home owners' individual character, even going so far as to ask certain personal questions. "A good design must be a perfect interaction of the designer's subconscious with the home owner and the surrounding space" said Will. "A good designer is first of all an artist. Besides learning all about the dynamics of design such as colour, furniture and so forth, the designer can mold this flow naturally and this takes talent. A good design solution comes from a perfect complementary understanding between designer and client."

During his visit to Chang’an Town of Dongguan City, Will was surprised to find that attention had been paid to the "natural feeling" in many residential areas. Will remarked that one could feel the human being in life, instead of being confronted with a separation of this essence with urban life. Unlike many cities in the US where people commonly work in downtown areas and live in suburban areas, Dongguan citizens typically live and work in the same area enjoying benefits of both worlds. In the eyes of a designer this creates an artistic feeling and should make it more attractive to outside tourists.

Will has visited Beijing and Shanghai, however he considers Dongguan his favourite choice for HRS's China office. He is impressed by Dongguan's blend of traditional and modern features, which is a style Will admires and pursues in his work. In this respect, he says Dongguan has a twin beauty. Will is also looking forward to more communication with local designers in Dongguan once he settles down here.

(By Stefanie Tan)