In 2002 Emiel Hetsen, one of the founders, was a professional antique buyer, sourcing the world for the most unique and beautiful pieces and giving these items new life by placing it in beautiful projects all over Europe.

In 2008 the demand for vintage furniture and lighting was at its top and Emiel started looking for alternatives to supply bigger quantities and more options for his customer base. He contacted his childhood friend Sander Klaver, who was working in the international trade business, to help him set up some production of several items in Asia. This led to the creation of HKliving.

From day one HKliving was a great success. The first collection, of containing only 28 products, went global with sales in 12 countries within the first year. Currently, HKliving is operating in 70 countries worldwide. True global living!