His personal life is closely linked to the success of his firm where he instills his philosophy of “Enjoy Life – Enjoy Design” on anything that he touches. His designs favor and emphasize contemporary design and minimalism, peppered with Asian culture and arts. The aim of his work is to improve lifestyles and share the art of living and portray a harmonic balance between East and West. The designs often stay within the ranges of black, white and grey, however, they are rather exciting than monotonous.
With this first consultancy, Steve soon realized that providing only architectural services would limit the growth of the firm, so he built an interior design practice in parallel.
The advantage of interior design projects was that the projects are shorter than in architecture and it was easier to build a reputation much faster. Coupled with the philosophy “Enjoy Life – Enjoy Design” the practice quickly thrived and expanded. It led to many projects in architectural, interior and also product design.
In 1997 Steve split the practice into Steve Leung Architects Ltd (SLA) and Steve Leung Designers Ltd. (SLD). His first project for SLD was a show flat in mainland China with a strong focus on the natural environment. The simplicity and natural style attracted a lot of attention in the market. At the same time, Steve observed that China had a huge market potential. He saw many international firms venture into the space, but ultimately he had a great advantage. China is his home turf. He is 100% at home in this environment.
Business in China and internationally soared. The firm grew quickly and in 2014, Steve further segmented the firm into Steve Leung Hospitality (SLH) and Steve Leung Exchange (SLX). The latter is a consultancy for the collaboration of developers and international designers working on projects in China.
Over the years Steve became one of world’s leading architects and designers. He has been awarded the Andrew Martin International Interior Design Awards – something like the Oscars of Design – 13 times. He has received the Best Interior Designer Worldwide Award and The Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement at A&D Trophy Awards 2016. Steve was listed at The 30 Most Influential Designers by FORBES China. He is one of Hong Kong’s Top Ten designers and known as “the king of simplicity”.
Steve has been a juror of several important interior design awards including the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2009, iF Design Award China 2010, Red Dot Award: product design 2012 and iF Communication Design Award 2014.
His accolades don’t stop there. In 2013, Steve has been appointed as Executive Director of the Design Committee at China National Interior Decoration Association (CIDA) and he is on the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre.
Steve Leung’s style of simplicity and minimalism sparked a lot of interest in the interior design industry and led him to be a leading figure in the community. He joined interior designers in 2014 from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to found C Foundation for the education and development within the industry.
Currently he serves as president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designer (IFI) until 2019 and he has been an adjunct professor at HKU SPACE. In 2016 Steve was awarded the VGTC Honorary Fellowship for his contributions to Hong Kong vocational and professional education and training.
The company has been credited with over 120 design and corporate awards in Asia Pacific region and worldwide, such as IIDA Annual Interior Design Competition, Commercial Interior Design Awards, Gold Key Awards, Hospitality Awards, Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards and HKDA Global Design Awards.
The firm is headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu and comprises today over 400 highly skilled staff. It is one of the biggest interior design consultancies in Asia and ranks 30th in the recent 40th Interior Design Top 100 Giants Firms ranking.
The company focuses on architectural and interior design projects in China and the international market. Among the more than 1,000 design and architectural projects that Steve led are office buildings, high-rise and low-rise residential buildings, institutions anything from show flats to restaurants bar, hotels, shopping malls etc. Even an art booth at the Art Basel Hong Kong for Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery presenting ink paintings on Japanese gold foil screen.
To name a few iconic projects in China and overseas: One Park Shanghai, Harbor Pinnacle Hong Kong, 39 Conduit Road in Hong Kong, Sing Yin at W Hong Kong, London Shangri-La Hotel at Shard and Yuan, Chinese restaurant, at Atlantis the Palm Dubai, and Don Don Tei, a Japansese tempura restaurant with a mix of tradition and contemporary minimalist design elements, furniture and lighting.
In all of this fame, Steve never lost sight of his other passions. One of which is food: he is a connoisseur of Hong Kong and Cantonese favorites such as cart noodles, sweet and sour pork and more. He is also crazy about seafood that he likes to eat on Lamma, an outlying island of Hong Kong. Based on this passion for the culinary and design, in 2007, Steve founded the lifestyle brand 1957 & Co with two friends Paul Kwok and Tino Kwan. The firm focuses on design and management of restaurants, serviced apartments and boutique hotels. 1957 & Co. now comprises 11 restaurants, 6 brands such as Sushi Ta-Ke, Mango Tree, An Nam, Gonpachi, and Modern Shanghai.
In 2013 another opportunity came along to join Yoo’s project “Steve Leung & Yoo” as Creative Director. Yoo is a design company founded by property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and star designer Philippe Starck.
Not that Steve would not be busy enough, he enjoys life, talking, shopping, eating travelling and draws inspiration from that. This leads to collaboration invitations from international brands such as us, Hunter Douglas, Former, Saga Furs, NEURA, Graham and Brown, Visionnaire, Villeroy & Boch, Theodore Alexander. Together he creates projects that make an impact in the design community.
In 2017 Steve Leung Designers Ltd. celebrates 20 years of skyrocketing success. Steve just presented a book “60 30 20” highlighting the signature projects for their anniversary. The future also looks very as the firm is planning to expand into medical, wellness and educations sectors.