Clap Studio’s Mars-Inspired Boutique Launches in Hong Kong
Typically millennial, their first success was in the digital realm. Spaniards Jordi Iranzo and Àngela Montagud launched More with Less, an online gallery and magazine featuring architecture and design projects, in 2013, while he was studying product design at EASD València and she engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València. But after several years in Germany, where Iranzo furthered his industrial design studies at Burg Giebichenstein and Montagud worked at Stoyke & Bamber Architekten, the couple returned home to find their growing editorial team needing headquarters—and to try their hand at interior design.
Soon after, in 2017, the duo founded Clap Studio. On the upswing since its first major project, Little Stories, a bricks-and-mortar children’s clothing store, the firm has recently completed Her, a Hong Kong women’s boutique owned by hometown stylist and influencer Hilary Tsui. Its design draws on Mars, in that its environment is like an undiscovered planet, with a “landscape of impressive mountains and pure materials,” Montagud explains.
Entry to the 1,800-square-foot shop is through two archways lined in space-agey aluminum. Inside is a sleek setting of moon-white walls and ceiling anchored by a plinth-populated terrain of terra-cotta tiles. Edgy merch like Natasha Zinko jackets and Adidas Kiellor Xtra combat boot–inspired sneakers are displayed from minimalist hang bars and circular tables. Since Tsui’s other passion is gastronomy, the store also features a coffee bar. Adds Iranzo, “We like to play with all five senses.”