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Circle, Maya Muñoz, 2010

“Bogart ! I need you to stop!”

Zoe Peña gently nudges him away. Her dog Bogart, a handsome brown and black mutt she and her husband Victor rescued from the pound, can’t seem to help barking every time the camera flashes. “He’s a little weird, I don’t know what happened to him when he was a puppy!” She says with a laugh. I’m spending the afternoon with Peña at the Lightbombs space, an airy 2,500 square-foot loft hidden in an industrial building in Wong Chuk Hang. It’s different during the day. The last time I’d been here was for the company’s First Anniversary party a few weeks back and the loft was littered with goateed creative types and empty wine bottles. But today, it’s just Peña, Bogart and her other dog, Stella…the wine came out after 5 o’clock. She shares the working space with her husband-slash-business partner Victor, with whom she founded Lightbombs in 2011 - just in time for Hong Kong’s boom in the art and creative scene. Together, they’ve spent the past year establishing what Lightbombs is all about, “With any start-up, you tend discover what you’re actually going to do along the way,” says Peña. “And one of those things for us is being an aid for young collectors to smartly invest their hard-earned money into avenues and options which are more creative.” The loft – which is fitted with little more than a couch, coffee table, dining area, kitchen, the couples’ respective workspaces and of course plenty of art – is where Zoe and Victor entertain their clients. Like a personal stylist, Zoe takes her time getting to prospective clients before helping them to choose pieces that suit their style and personality. But, she tells me, “When I can’t form that connection, it just falls through.”

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KEE Magazine March 2013  
KEE Magazine March 2013  

KEE Magazine March 2013

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