Hong Kong is a place brimming with talented and intriguing people. Each week in 27 Questions, we get up close and personal with the city’s notable personalities, learning about their whims, aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and dreams — all in roughly the same duration it takes to sit through a two-minute speed date.
In this week’s 27 Questions, we speak to feng shui designer Thierry Chow.
Whether its Hongkongers flocking to consult soothsayers during the Lunar New Year on ways to bring fortune to their home, or the iconic HSBC Building built largely based on feng shui principles, it’s evident that this ancient Chinese practice of feng shui is deeply rooted in Hong Kong culture. Even so, the belief in these teachings today has fallen far from its heyday. However, Thierry Chow, Hong Kong’s hippest feng shui master, plans to revive this historic philosophy for the new generation.
As the daughter of one of Hong Kong’s most respected feng shui maestros, Master Chow Hon-ming, you can say that it was fate that bestowed Thierry with the challenge of reviving this cultural heritage, and she’s done it with flying colours, quite possibly in the literal sense.
A Bachelor’s degree holder in Applied Illustration from Toronto’s Sheridan College, the 33-year-old — who apprenticed under her father since 2011 — creatively incorporates her passion for art and design into Feng Shui, giving the 3,000-year-old practice a complete facelift through a modernised approach.
Using Go Lucky, a contemporary feng shui concept she’s created, Chow promotes the idea of combining enduring traditions of this age-old practice with the energy and innovation of modern design. She believes that the true spirit of feng shui means to use the potential of our surroundings to its fullest, and brings deeper meaning and fulfilment to our lives. In that sense, Chow has taken the typical utilisation of feng shui in architecture and interior design, and extended it towards the world of fashion — a move that has successfully breathed new life into the ancient art of feng shui, and shot it right into modern mainstream.
For this week’s 27 Questions, we got in touch with Chow to learn a little bit about the things that spark joy in her life, all while she’s not busy making waves as one of the few young females in what is traditionally a male-dominated sector.
Name: Thierry Chow
Neighbourhood: Chai Wan
Occupation: Feng Shui Designer
If you’re going to do something, do it right.
Clay pot rice I had at a local restaurant.
Mulled wine, and yes I can drink that all year round.
When I was 16. I finished all the courses but the instructor called me a monster when it came to driving, so I got the hint and never did apply for a license in the end (since all my friends and family drove haha).
I love the amount of natural sunlight, the ocean view, and the corner where I like to really relax.
That would be any type of noodles: Spaghetti, egg noodles, ramen, you name it.
I have an uncle who passed away when he was still quite young. I really wish I could have at least been able to say goodbye, but I wasn’t there when he passed.
Flying cockroaches, moving cockroaches, big ones, small ones… Cockroaches!!!!
Iceland, Denmark, and Amsterdam.
Almost every day. I love cooking as it’s quite meditative for me.
I did that just last month. I was with a few friends and my husband at a friend’s farewell brunch, we all took it from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai. We really loved it. It’s just classic Hong Kong with the perfect view, and not to mention the price is just so great.
Sitting on my couch, sipping a big cup of chai and reading my favourite books.
I would love to relive my wedding again. All of our best friends and family flew to Hong Kong to celebrate with us. It was just such a good time.
Canada, my second home.
The whole Queer Eye crew.
Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
I don’t like their taste in art.
The L’Eau by Diptyque perfume featuring cinnamon, clove, geranium, sandalwood and rose.
I’d say I’m a fairly good cook, my hubby says so anyways — but he could also be lying! [Laughs] I’m a queen of soup, I make a really good creamy potato soup.
My father is definitely one of the best teachers. He taught me to always live with kindness and love.
I’ve experienced what I thought was love at first sight (before meeting my husband). Interestingly, that didn’t happen with my husband either. For us, I’d say it was love at second sight. Now we consider each other best friends and soul mates, and have been together for 13 years!
I own around 20 to 30 pairs. I wear my cream-coloured Vans the most, as I have to run around a lot for my job and they save me every time.
I would rather never be alone for a single moment, because how we learn as humans are from each other. If I’m alone for the rest of my life, my life would be miserable and I won’t learn anything and probably become super delusional.
Just last night I woke up to a dream where all the people I know in my life were on the same bus. We were all heading somewhere together. It was so cool to see everyone and most importantly we are all together.