Ap Lei Chau is certainly becoming a hip design centre. Design dynamo Kirsty Last has just opened her second Offspring store on the 15th floor of Horizon Plaza. Building on her kids collection, Kirsty has been busy sourcing homewares from France and Australia and bringing them to Hong Kong. Her airy new store is filled with simple but beautiful wares to tempt the most discerning design buyer. Her stock includes rustic candle holders, gorgeous glassware, lanterns and other decorator pieces from brands such as Rice, Papaya and Orson & Blake. Her palette of whites, beiges and greys means that they will suit any decor. Furniture pieces will soon be arriving in store including tables, chairs and ottomans.
Of course, Kirsty has not forgotten her younger clientele. While parents can while away the time deciding on what they would like to take home, kids can choose their own bright toys and games that are not only fun but look good as well. When I was there this week, stock was flying out the door, but the great news is that Kirsty has new things arriving every month. Be sure to make Offspring one of your regular design stops!
15/F Horizon Plaza
2 Lee Wing Street
Ap Lei Chau
29 June 2011
I have been very busy the last few months putting together the different aspects of my label together. It has been a journey that has taken me across the globe: Paris, New York, London, Sydney, China, Bangkok, India and Bali…to name but a few of the places that I have been in the last 6 months, collecting together inspirations and items that will make up the collections. Quite a lot of my inspiration has come from the past…I have tried to incorporate vintage and antique elements into contemporary designs. I hope to bring you more images of pieces that I have designed leading up to the launch of my studio after summer. Wish me luck!
28 June 2011
One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning is to head out around 10 to dim sum at Maxim’s City Hall. Dim sum is one of my favourite meals because it is casual, family friendly and everyone likes it. It is a meal that celebrates sharing and togetherness. It also holds some nostalgia for me as it was the first meal that my husband and I shared together when we first started dating. Since then I don’t think we have gone more than a month without having it!
My family and I have tried a few dim sum places but we keep on coming back to Maxim’s because of the buzz and it is one of the few places left in HK that serves dim sum by trolleys. The trolleys are a bit more high tech now- some have monitors on the front of them but the feeling is still the same. There is a huge selection of foods but I recommend the classics: char siu bao, har gau, cheung fan, lo mai gai to name a few of our faves. We also love the puddings and tarts: mango pudding and flaky egg tarts are a great way to finish of a meal.
Oh and the restaurant has a great view of the harbour and TST.
Maxim’s City Hall
Low Block, 2nd fl. (Edinburgh Pl.) Central
Open from 9am
28 June 2011
There is something quite romantic about a trunk. When you see the scars of travel on the surface of the leather or canvas, or examine the art deco decals applied to the surface, you can’t help but wonder about the places these trunks have been and the gorgeous clothes that they contained. And let’s be honest… people who used these trunks were wealthy by any standard and would have lived a glamorous life.
Of course the most famous of the trunk makers was a little French company called Louis Vuitton. It was Vuitton who changed the traditional domed top to a flat lid, allowing the luggage to be stacked, then replaced the leather with a lighter canvas that did not go mouldy and cracked, strengthening it with wooden battens. Vuitton built these trunks to order in his workshop Asnieres, just outside of Paris. Of course their quality received recognition, and he was soon producing trunks for the rich and famous not only in France, but on the Continent and then across the Atlantic, particularly in Hollywood.
Recently, LVMH published a book, Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks, that you can get here. As you flip through the book, it is interesting to note how these trunks have stood the test of time. Though, I am sure, they have undergone some restoration; structurally they are sound and could still give many years service, notwithstanding modern day baggage allowances.
However, they will probably not have to, as they are in vogue as coffee and side tables, and once acquired, will only make a single last journey into some lucky individual’s living room.
27 June 2011
I have seen internal walls made of vegetation such as the qantas first lounge in Sydney…there is also a fun one in Anthropologie, Regent Street, London. However, I haven’t seen vegetation used on the exterior of a house as successfully as this one in Belgium by Samyn and Partners. It may be because the vegetation is susceptible to the vagaries of climate.
I suspect these images were taken in spring or early summer. I wonder if the architects considered the appearance of the house all year around. The rear elevation is great too as is the light internally , though the interior is quite uninteresting. Leave the interiors to an interior architect , guys- it is really an anticlimax to the exterior. Hopefully the owners have nice art and furniture!
26 June 2011
Imagine rooms filled with gems, gold and glittering diamonds as far as the eye can see. This is exactly what the Hong Kong Gem Fairs look like. Three times per year, March, July and September, thousands of dealers and customers from all over the world converge onto the Convention Centre to trade. Today I spent an overwhelming couple (or more) of hours walking around the fair, buying samples, components and of course, gems to use in my jewellery designs. As usual, I didn’t leave empty-handed, and I wasn’t the only one!
Whether you are interested in finished jewellery, antique jewellery or loose stones, there is something for everyone. To gain entrance, you will need a business card and ID. If you can pre-register on the website, this will save you waiting in long queues. Every type of stone can be seen from fire opals, to rough diamonds in amazing quantity. If you are thinking of buying that big diamond,this is the place for you! You can even buy the mount for the stone to be set by your own jeweler. And remember, cash is king!
The June Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2011
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
From 23rd July to 26th July 10.30am to 6.30pm
24 June 2011
and check out this cool video….
I first came across Lindsey Adelman‘s work when we stayed at the James Hotel in New York earlier this year. The size of light feature and the contrast of materials: dark bronze and the lightest of freefrom blown glass, really struck me as gorgeous. So much so that when I returned to Hong Kong, I researched the designer. Unfortunately for me, the price was breathtaking…about US1K per globe, but I still love it….The second image is from her new collection – again there is something striking and dangerous about it. Not surprisingly , the lights are made to order and are available from her studio. Now when is will she do a diffusion ( pardon the pun) range?
24 June 2011
Run over to Aberdeen before June 26th because Pinstripe Interiors are on sale! Catherine Garrett has designed a cool collection of leather homewares at great prices. From magazine boxes to ottomans, there is something for everyone here.
In addition, there is a fun collection of beach towels and bags just in time for summer!
23 June 2011
There is nothing more delicious than an pavlova. If I had to choose one dessert, it would be this. I came across the fab food photography blog what katie ate and this photo was a standout- I could almost taste it. I wonder how Katie manages to not eat it before she photographs? Anyway, the recipe is a Nigella Lawson one which you can find here. It is sinfully decadent despite having been written by a non- Australian; we’ll forgive her because it is so good! This summer, treat yourself!
23 June 2011