Angeline Chang’s world is as clear as glass.
Chang was born in Taiwan, the daughter of two entertainment luminaries. Both her father, director Yi Chang, and her mother, playwright Ching Yu Hsiao, inspired by the Asian Art Museum, have won a Golden Horse — the equivalent of an Oscar.
But it’s her stepmother, well-known actress Loretta Yang, who mastered a 2,000-year-old Han Dynasty Egyptian art form of making glass — called pate de verre by the French, who later embraced it — that determined the course of Chang’s career.
Two years ago, after studying at Mills College and meeting her husband, Arthur Yue, Chang stayed on in San Francisco to help her family open Liuli, a flagship concept studio featuring her stepmother’s exquisite pate de verre pieces.
“I love the technique,” Chang says, noting that each piece is first individually designed, hand-carved and shaped in wax. Then, wet plaster is poured into the wax, which hardens to form custom-molded casts. The casts hold liquid glass, which is then fired in a kiln, hardened and finely hand-finished. It’s a precise, time-consuming process — one mistake and the piece is lost.
Glass is omnipresent in Yang’s home, high above downtown San Francisco in a multistory residence adjacent to a luxury hotel.
The circular dining room table is glass, as is a substantial, stunning, rounded, paned etagere that houses prized, sparkling collectibles.
Walls of windows and high ceilings contrast with modern black and orange couches, chairs and desks. Floors are wood in chevron patterns, with sisal area rugs.
The lightness in this aerie is palpable, almost reflective, and forms a backdrop that focuses eyes on the glass artwork. The walls are white, so there’s little to detract from the glass art.
Yang’s favorite pate de verre piece is a glass magnolia that looks like a real flower, sitting in a bowl.
“I wanted everything to be representative of art, which I’m passionate about,” Yang says.
Ducks are another favorite. One stellar pate de verre duck sporting gold-leaf plating sits next to another in porcelain. The colors on the ducks are intense, realistic and rich.
Chang’s family travels a lot throughout Asia, so she has other collectibles from around the world.
Chang opted to go modern and spare in her residence; it’s as if the aesthetics are in the ascetics. It’s transparent — she may just be right.
Style: Contemporary modern with a nod to the history of Asian culture
Favorite colors: Orange and black, because black is sophisticated
Favorite designer and retail store: Inspired by the Asian Art Museum, Chang created her home’s interior design and purchased some modern pieces from Gump’s.