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Fondation Louis Vuitton is opening their new Paris headquarters in the Bois du Boulogne this year.   Unlike the titanium clad exterior of Bilbao,  Frank Gehry’s design, is based on the idea of sails and is made of glass and steel.  These exterior shots from Vanity Fair make it look like a glittering beacon of light surrounded by forest.

The building will be used as a private museum.  Bernard Arnault,  the chairman and C.E.O. of the luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton, has certainly spared no expense, the building cost $143m to build.   LVMH commitment to art and design is strong, even here in HK, there is a gallery above the TST store that hosts exhibitions of contemporary art which are always well worth a visit.   

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The opening of the building is being celebrated by the windows of LV stores around the world.

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The building during construction.

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In its beautiful setting.   Doesn’t this building remind you of that other iconic building inspired by sails, the Sydney Opera House?

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What do you think?

Fondation LVMH opens 27th October 2014.

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Fondation LVMH is opening their new paris hq this year. Designed by Frank Gehry, we think it is gorgeous. But rather like another iconic building we know and love? Fondation LVMH opens 27th October 2014.

 
 
1 September 2014
 
 

 

You may have noticed from our facebook page that we are stocking &tradition, the first shipment of furniture has sold out before it landed but we will have some display items for you to see.

The &tradition brand was established in Denmark in 2010.  Their designs are rooted in modernism but encompass not only a classical modernist aesthetic but is firmly contemporary as well.

The Copenhague lamp was designed by Space Copenhagen and has a refined industrial feel. Made of lacquered metal and suspended by a fabric cord, this light is available in 3 sizes and up to 5 colours.    The opening at the top of the light spreads light above as well as below.   The chair pictured in the second illustration is the Catch chair by Jaime Haydon, one of the world’s leading designers, with the option of 2 base shapes and upholstered in luxurious fabric and leathers.

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The Mayor Sofa has a refined vintage feel, with the elegant buttoning and simple, high back.  I love this sofa for a more formal seating area, it would be perfect in a waiting area or office.

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The In Between chair by Sammi Kallio won most innovative design at this years Muuz awards.  More original and less copied than a Wegner chair, it is also great to sit on.

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I did reserve a fly chair for the showroom.  I love the traditional feel of this chairs and the cushions make it soooo comfy.    Fabulous.   I’d better not fall asleep in one of these in the store.   Wake me up, won’t you?

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A few of these classics together.  The Fly cocktail table comes in a choice of white and black marble.

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&tradition is also opening up a new showroom in the Papirøen area of Copenhagen.    Designed by Norm Architects, the idea of a showroom is that of a village.   Each white box contains a different monochrome environment.

“The idea is to make the structure balance between a coherent minimalist spatial art installation – drawing on inspiration from works of artists and architects such as Donald Judd, Richard Serra and Peter Eisenman, combined with classic architectural elements from the village -  the main street, the alley, the square, the tower, the city wall. Each house in this village – twelve in total - will be built with a completely matt monochrome exterior like an architectural model landscape in 1:1 revealing each house very differentiated interior with its own function and purpose. “

 

 

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We’re pretty excited about the view!

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The building used to be an old shipyard.

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A peek at the space.   If you are in Copenhagen, the showroom opens on August 28th.  We couldn’t make it but we’re looking forward to the photos.

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The &tradition brand began in 2010. We’re proud to represent &tradition here in HK. By the way, we are opening a new store in Sun Street in Wanchai. The estimated date of opening will around 2nd October. Watch this space for further updates!

 
 
26 August 2014
 
 

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in:  Design
 
15 August 2014
 
 

 

Our recent trip to Venice was much nicer than I remembered Venice ever being.   I have always liked the place, but this trip we took an apartment which overlooked a very sweet canal and did as the Venetians do.

I haven’t been to the Peggy Guggenheim museum for around 20 years and was pleased to say it was as magical as I remembered.  What a life she lead! Her collection is based on that sweet spot of 20th Century art, Picasso sit next to Brancusi next to Pollock all situated in a timeless palazzo on the shore of the Grand Canal in Venice.

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Here’s Peggy sunning herself on her balcony by the Grand Canal with one of her beloved dogs.   What a life!

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Her collection of sculpture is particularly well curated.   The sculpture by Marino Marini is particularly striking out the front of the Palazzo.   No wonder he looks so happy!

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The interiors of Peggy’s palazzo are also of note. The palette is kept simple, showcasing the fabulous art collection.   Cool...Peggy Guggenheim image via travel modus

The image is quite small, but there is a bold mix of black and white that contrasts with the white sofas and the paler terrazzo floor.   Versions of the sofas are still used for seating with the museum, but in white faux leather.  Nonetheless, very comfortable and with wide armrests for resting a drink on.

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The dining table is still placed in this room, however, I didn’t see the larger heavier sideboard around, but loving the placement of the art including niches for sculpture.

L1074457 Cool...Peggy GuggenheimThe exterior is just as interesting as the interior, the juxtaposition of the artwork makes this hedge quite interesting…Giacometti casts the best shadows, don’t you think?

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We could have spent all afternoon sunning ourselves on the terrace looking at the Grand Canal and the Calder.

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These black grilles were used all over for security, but I loved peeking between them.  You certainly can’t beat that view.

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She was certainly a striking woman who could certainly pull off a crazy set of shades.   By the way, you can buy copies of them made by Safilo in the gift shop at the Museum.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

704 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice
Open daily 10am-6pm
Closed Tuesday, and December 25

tel 041.2405411

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I know, I know…I have been super quiet on the blog for ages. I’ve been taking a break and spending time with my family as well as working of course. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel intermittently. I have been lucky to have been in Australia, China, Italy and now currently Croatia. I’ve taken lots of pics that I will share with you in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

 
 
14 August 2014
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I follow one of our favourite brands, Dinosaur Designs on Facebook and was enticed by an image that was posted of their new Melbourne store.   I searched and found these images on the blog of mrjasongrant Cool...new dinosaur designs store melbourne

I love BKH’s  combo bronze and marble materials- mixed with mirror- but made cool by the use of curved lines.    The display cases are custom made by an artist,  Jason Christopher, I do believe.   Love him too.   You can see one of the little side tables that have just been released by DD.   Love them too, but not so sure about the fragility and the HKD21K price tag.

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Love, love, love this door handle- DD is at its best when using this gorgeous metallic resin.

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NIce lighting and a nice bit of marble.

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The backlit sign is a nice touch.  Have to use this idea somewhere soon….

If you are not familiar with BKH’s interiors, they are Australia’s leading interior designers and I have to say they are world class.  They have a practice in New York as well but are not really all that well known out of Australia.  Though they should be.   You can check out their website here.

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One of our most popular brands, Dinosaur Designs, has just opened the doors to their newly redesigned store in Melbourne’s GPO. Designed by cool interior firm, BKH, the store juxtaposes simplicity of material with the organic lines of Dinosaur Design’s own aesthetic.

 
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9 July 2014
 
 

 

Neri + Hu are our favourite Chinese designers.   We’re totally loving this office created for Flamingo in Shanghai.   The clerestory windows create a beautifully lit attic environment.

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The gorgeous industrial feel of the space are divided by concrete partitions and beautiful whitewashed bamboo.   Are they HAY chairs we spy?

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Love the stainless steel partitions…

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& the lighting punctuating the space….

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fab windows and lighting emphasising the shape of the ceiling….

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We are totally loving the Flamingo offices designed by Neri+Hu in Shanghai. The refined palette is simply superb. Pity you have to spoil the space by putting people in it…

 
 
3 July 2014
 
 

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We so honoured to be included on the Urban Discovery app, iDiscover.   If you haven’t heard about the folks at Urban Discovery, you can check out their website.

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Urban Discovery’s app is a free download via the Appstore.  It is a series of bilingual 2 hour city walks .  The Sai Kung walk comes free with the initial app download, with the other 3 destinations available for HKD15 per walk.

In addition to the app, Urban Discovery offers culinary tours (you can see a review of one in Sassy here) and even a HK version of the great race! It’s a great way to discover our amazing city.

 

 

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Have you heard about the cool app,Urban Discovery app? Offering foodie, cultural and shopping tours of Hong Kong, it’s a must have on your iPhone. You can download the app here.

 
 
23 June 2014
 
 

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This rug would work either in a kids’ room or a  fun living room.  We love the muted background and the pop of colour…and with all armadillo rugs- they come in a range of colourways.

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These are super fun and would really dress up any kids bedroom.

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I want one of these for my daughter’s room…you could pick up so many colours in the window coverings and walls, and you wouldn’t have to work too hard with accessories…

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For the boy in your life….

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This is their new sierra range.   I love, love this knitted stitch, it’s like a woolly blanket for your floor.

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Client’s are always amazed at how fabulous these round  hemp rugs look on their floors…they have a boho feel but look amazing with spare furniture…

 

 

 

 

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The quality of Armadillo rugs are second to none.  We just installed a pebble weave in a client’s home recently, and though we are still waiting for the furniture to arrive to complete the room, the client is amazed at the difference in the look of the space.

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Armadillo’s new collection of rugs are the nicest that I have seen in so long. If you don’t know about this amazing brand, you should check them out in our store.

They began with simple handmade rugs in hemp and wool. These rugs are crafted in India from the finest materials. Over the last few years, the brand has developed, maintaining their high standards of quality but branching out into rugs with more pattern and colour. Check out their new collection….

 
 
18 June 2014
 
 

I of course forgot my camera so I didn’t take any photos of the exterior of PMQ, they are still using renderings on the website so I wasn’t going to use these.  However, once the construction has stopped I will go back with my camera and take some great pics.

A few design highlights:

I have to confess that I got a bit disorientated by the 2 different wings of PMQ and it was a super hot day so I very lazily decided that walking up and down stairs was a bit too much effort.  I totally missed seeing 513 Paint Shop but I have heard lots about them.  These paints are VOC free and hand mixed. It also features painting workshops which sounds like lots of fun if you like to get your hands dirty!

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We’re big fans of furniture design company EOQ and their head designer, Michael Young.  Again another one that I missed or was closed…

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I’m a sucker for great design as you know and design prizes.  The Good Design Store is full of cool Japanese kit that you need to have in your life.  This is the kind of store where you could just buy me anything and I would be thrilled.  From amazing hand turned canisters to pencils and paperclips (not any old paperclip- who knew you could improve on perfection?), this is great design for any budget.

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I’ve been doing a few offices lately and I’m very popular these days at Herman Miller, yes I am sitting on one of the Eames management chairs as we speak.   Buttery soft white leather, polished aluminium handles, I could command the Millennium Falcon from this chair.   But I digress, here we have a capsule collection of Herman Miller’s best designs.   I couldn’t resist the Formwork plastic desk canisters, but you should go in there just to have a sit on a Eames recliner.

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I am sure you’ve been wondering where innermost has gone.   Well, after a year long hiatus, it’s back in PMQ.   My children are going to continue hassling me for that sheepskin rocking horse even though 2 of them are teenagers…

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EC’s great friend, Museum Context has opened up their third (or is it their fourth?) outlet here.  Lot s of cool vintage things for the man in your life…

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You can also see British designer, Tom Dixon’s new showcase…

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Finally, The World Beyond.  Established by ex-Lane Crawford buyer, Ross Urwin has opened up this cool new vintage store.  They are online too and, best of all,  the prices seemed pretty reasonable. The photo below is a bit disappointing- it’s much nicer than it appears here.   I was quite taken with some of the furniture-  I have a think for multitudes of drawers….

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We’ve been so busy with projects at the moment that it’s taken us a bit of time to visit the new PMQ.
If you haven’t gone yet, I passed a lovely couple of hours wandering around the shops in the hot sun a couple of days ago. It’s still under construction, so your visit is accompanied by the whine of circular saws and banging but once this is over, it will be a pleasant place to have a spot of lunch and a shop.

 
 
6 June 2014
 
 

 

 

 

As part of Art Basel 2014, HK architects, Cheungvogl designed an installation structure that heralds the arrival of new museum M+.

The museum will be designed by leading Swiss architects,  Herzog + De Meuron and will focus on displays about visual culture.

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Cheungvogl’s display uses construction material: steel rods, concrete blocks, steel wire creating a space that is suggestive of a structure but that is almost transparent in appearance.   This dichotomy of material and image is an interesting exploration of space.

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Through exploring the space,  visitors are encouraged to observe, understand and design the way the institution’s future spaces will be programmed.   

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Herzog + De Meuron’s design focusses on the idea of reclaimed land.

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Horizontal louvres allow light to get in and creates a layered world of exploration

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The vast spaces and open spaces are a contrast to the teeming city that surrounds it.

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M+ under construction…I can see where Cheungvogl got their inspiration from.

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We covered Cheungvogel’s installations for Aesop a few years ago and were very happy to see the installation they did for M+ at this year’s Art Basel. If you haven’t heard of M+, it is a new museum designed by Herzog + De Meuron as part of the West Kowloon Cultural District. It is expected to open in 2017 so we are very much looking forward to seeing the building finally emerge.

 
 
29 May 2014
 
 
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