By Paul Bilson
“I have a passion for all things beautiful like the little moments that make life so joyful!”- Christopher Ong
He is full of ideas, energy, and a self-proclaimed “joie de vivre.” His laughter is contagious and fills up a room. He is Lifestyle Interior Designer Christopher Ong, and when things don’t work out the way he would like, you will hear him say “c’est la vie! NEXT!” His drive to succeed and give his all is unstoppable.
Born and raised in Malaysia, Christopher Ong left home in his late teens and moved to Toronto, Canada to attend school. He earned his Economics and Business Administration degree and then decided to pack his bags again and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Ten months later he landed in New York City and began working in the fashion industry while continuing his education at the Fashion Institute of Technology for interior design. Christopher honed his skills working 10 years for Mary Vinson and Chris Blackwell at Island Trading/ Island Outpost/ Royal Hut. He was involved with a wide variety of design projects ranging from residential, affluent boutique hotels & resorts to fashion apparel and home lifestyle product design.
In 2000, Ong started his own design company, Christopher Ong Lifestyle Atelier. His style has always embraced the contemporary with the graciousness of traditional, tempered by his singular East-meets-West experience. Ong’s journey has brought him into contact with a rich diversity of cultures and sensibilities resulting in an effortless Metro-Style: a customized fusion of modern and traditional multicultural motifs that perfectly complement the contemporary urban landscape.
In addition to his Interior Lifestyle Design Atelier, Christopher is now writing, co-producing and hosting “Beautiful Living”, a lifestyle TV magazine program. He and co-producer Steven Speliotis are creating short episodes for Manhattan Neighborhood Network focusing on Ong’s inspirations and aesthetics.
The first episode, “Bringing the Outdoors In,” made its’ debut in August, 2010.
The second episode, “Tea Time @ Bernardaud,” will air later this month
(see: www.mnn.org or www.youtube.com/beautifulliving2020).
I asked Christopher about the future and his current projects:
Q: What is the theme of your next show?
A: Steven and I will be filming a talented French floral designer in Manhattan about flowers for everyday living. It’s going to have plenty of color, texture, style, composition and fun of course!”
Q: You also had a line of wonderfully perfumed candles, decorative pillows and table linens at the now-defunct Takashimaya. Where can people find your products now?
A: I haven’t worked out retail outlets in Manhattan yet but my candles are available through my website: www.christopherong.com.”
Q: Since as the expert on “Beautiful Living,” would you please share with our readers one of your relaxation tips?
A: Love to!
Create your own private oasis at home. The recipe is:
· Draw a warm bubble bath with your favorite bath oil and salt
· Light a Christopher Ong perfumed candle, of course (he smiles)!
· Pour yourself a glass of wine
· Sprinkle some fresh flower petals in your bath
· Put on your favorite music
Breathe deeply and enjoy the moment. AFTER ALL, TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY!”