The Studio

Launched in 2015, JJ ACUNA / BESPOKE STUDIO is a multi-disciplinary interiors and concept architecture practice based in Hong Kong and Manila.

Our considered and humanistic approach creates high-quality bespoke interiors and environments for hospitality, restaurants, retail spaces, workspaces, and homes.

We design for people who enjoy living well, seeing the world, and experiencing different cultures.

Our Team
James JJ Acuna

JJ ACUNA / BESPOKE STUDIO was founded in 2015 by Creative Director, James JJ Acuna. A graduate of Cornell and Columbia University Architecture programmes, for more than a decade Acuna has worked on a wide range of lifestyle, workplace, and residential projects in Hong Kong, China, and the Asian region at large for a roster of select blue chip clients under well-established firms, RLPHK, Woods Bagot, and LWK.

With the founding of his Hong Kong and Manila based studio, Acuna’s aim is to help generate bespoke design solutions for lifestyle-oriented clients via his lens and insight as a skilled designer and thought leader on current global trends in relation to design, service, and operation.

Dominic Cheung

Dominic aspires to inspire and uplift the lifestyle and comfort of people through creating humanistic and sophisticated space. He believes only by juxtaposing the old and the new – from materials to furniture – can we craft a story with space and time.

Started as an interior designer after graduated from the School of Design in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he has developed the skills and sensibility in designing and realizing well-articulated space that connects people – from understanding client briefs, presenting design proposal, producing tender & construction drawings to managing project execution on site.

To work on architectural projects of a larger scale, his recently awarded degree in architectural design from Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University allows him to expand his scope of work from crafting interior to building exterior.

Dec Villanueva

From her BS Interior Design undergraduate training in the University of the Philippines and thru her 3 years of corporate design experience, Dec has carried the philosophy that every design decision should be grounded from context and intention. For her, an effective design surpases superficiality once it has met the needs of clients and has made the users fully realize that their space experiences can be elevated thru design.

"There is nothing more fulfilling than watching people move around a space you designed and have the place get woven into core moments. It would be a privilege to develop and deliver more projects such that."

Kristy Fong

Having grown up in the States and studied abroad in the UK, Kristy has always been attracted to the colourful and vibrant fashion scene for brands like Ralph Lauren and Isabel Marant. The obsession with their use of fabrics, patterns, and colors for garments has eventually inspired her to dive into the world of interior design.

Before becoming an interior designer, Kristy had worked in various creative roles within the advertising and fashion sectors - though she felt there was something missing to truly fulfil her creative soul. 2021 marks the year of change to Kristy's creative career by applying for a full-time diploma course in both residential and commercial spectrum at the Insight School of Interior Design Hong Kong.

Kristy approaches every project like she would design a fashion garment. She gathers detailed understanding of the client and the brief and thread these pieces together to create a design narrative, forming a design language to describe their stories. She believes a successful interior design is not just just about the visuals but about storytelling, making joyful memories and creating immersive experience to touch one's soul.

Cheyenne Laxa

After earning a degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas, Cheyenne explored various disciplines and dimensions of design. She strongly believes that a holistic approach to design, one that carefully balances external influences with internal spaces, is crucial for creating exceptional experiences. It was during this process of interconnection that Cheyenne discovered her passion for Interior Design, which she has since wholeheartedly pursued.

As a licensed Architect from the Philippines, Cheyenne's aim goes beyond superficial aesthetics. She seeks to craft environments that leave a lasting impact on the people who inhabit them, aiming to create memorable experiences. By skillfully blending different design disciplines, Cheyenne strives to curate spaces that transcend ordinary aesthetics, leaving an enduring impression on the senses of those who encounter them.

Awards & Recognition
Best Interior Design, Commercial for Miss Lee, Gray Magazine Awards 2021 (US)
Best Restaurant Architecture & Interior Design Firm, Southeast Asia BUILD Architecture Awards 2019 (UK)
Interior Designer of The Year, Design Anthology Magazine Awards 2019 (HK)
Platinum Winner
Awarded to Xiao Ting Macau with EM Bespoke Studio, MUSE Design Awards 2021 (Asia)
Best Interior Design
Awarded to Tate Dining Room at the T. Dining Hong Kong 2018 Awards (HK)
Silver Winner
Awarded to Elephant Grounds Star Street at the Hong Kong Design Awards 2016 (HK)
Silver Winner
Awarded to Elephant Grounds Mid-Levels at the Hong Kong Design Awards 2017 (HK)
Honorary Awards
Emerging Designer of the Year, Long listed for FRAME Awards 2019 (UK)
40 Under 40
Awarded to James JJ Acuna in 2017 by Perspective Magazine (HK)
40 Under 40
Awarded to Dominic Cheung in 2021 by Perspective Magazine (HK)
Awarded to Xiao Ting Macau with EM Bespoke Studio, Kohler Bold Design Awards 2021 (Asia)
Best Bar & Restaurant with EM Bespoke Studio, A&D Awards 2021 (HK)
Shortlist Top 5
Best Use of Light, Frame Magazine Awards 2023 (UK)
Shortlist Top 5
Best Healthcare Centre of the Year, Frame Magazine Awards 2023 (UK)