Stairs are as much a part of the culture of HK as temples and char siew. Hong Kong’s steep stairs, sometimes called ‘ladder streets’ link 2 roads of 2 elevations together, allowing pedestrians to circumvent the larger roads. Some of these streets, such as Pottinger Street and Duddell Street, are protected, but most have not historic protection whatsoever.
Unlike the granite slabs that line Pottinger Street, Pound Lane is made of the ubiquitous concrete that lines the walkways of Hk. Though not the most beautiful of the ‘ladder streets’, it is a remnant of old Hong Kong, where these streets where lined with businesses and homes alike & commerce, living and people collided in the smallest of spaces. There are over 1000 staircases in HK though Pound Lane is only one , it has been threatened with extinction by a proposed escalator, that will, I believe, change the not only the streetscape and the local environment, but also the character of the area as a whole.
My beloved Po Hing Fong, where EC is located, is lined with a basketball court, small businesses, a school and residences. I love the quiet and peace of the street- so unlike anywhere else in HK. I know I shouldn’t, as a small business owner, but I still get a thrill when someone says they have no idea where it is. I love the fact that my location is a bit off the beaten track and has that pioneering feel. No doubt with the Pound Lane escalator, these idyllic, peaceful days will be a thing of the past. Just check out the purple and yellow convenience store that has taken residence next to Cafe Loisl and you will see what I mean.
From the 14th June to the 21st June, come up to Top Zoo a few doors down from me on Po Hing Fong to look at the exhibition, Alternate Constructions, which explores stair culture in Hong Kong. The exhibition is curated by Melissa Cate Christ, an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Hong Kong and is based on the design research of HKU students and faculty in the context of the proposed escalator along Pound Lane.
June 14-21, 2013 at Top Zoo, 66 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan
Opening reception: June 14, 6-9pm
14 June 2013
Images via the Gagosian
Thanks once again to EC’s art expert, Molly Lukins Burke, who visited the Basquiat exhibition at the Gagosian. Over to you, Molly:
Hong Kong continues on its roll of firsts in the art world! It started at the end of last year with the Hong Kong Museum of Art holding the largest Andy Warhol exhibition ever to come to Asia. Next came the coveted prize of hosting the world’s premier international art show, Art Basel, for the first time in the fair’s 43-year history.
And now we have the first exhibition of paintings by famed Neo-expressionist, Haitian-American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who exploded onto the contemporary art scene in the 1980s. The Gagosian Gallery is currently showing fifteen paintings by Basquiat that reflect his interest in creating works of art that are both complex and simple at the same time. His colorful compositions powerfully express his critical opinions on race and society in the transformative 1980s in America.
Even twenty-five years after his untimely death at age 27, Basquiat continues to be very relevant. His signature style of using both text and imagery together to express his views on life remains persuasive and important. Just one month ago at the Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art sale in New York, Basquiat’s Dustheads (1982) broke a world auction record for the artist, selling for $48.8 million USD. Basquiat was one of 12 contemporary artists whose works were sold at the Christie’s auction, which brought in $495 million, the highest sales figure at any art auction.
Jean-Michel Basquiat will run at the Gagosian Gallery until August 10, 2013. 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
About Molly Lukins Burke
Molly brings her love of the artistic and the eclectic to Hong Kong from New York City, where she was born and raised. On a professional level, Molly has a Master’s in Art History and has worked at auction houses (Sotheby’s and Christie’s) and art galleries in New York. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2012, Molly was working on the team drafting the Catalogue Raisonné for Jasper Johns, one of America’s most celebrated artists. Personally, Molly is thrilled to have landed in Asia’s cultural capital with her husband and two children, and is excited to explore all that Hong Kong has to offer in local and international art.
13 June 2013
Daisy’s beautiful head piece and hand jewels
Some of the brooches Jordan wears are originals from the period
Gatsby’s cufflinks and Daisy’s hair clip were designed for the movie
Gatsby’s signet ring with a daisy motif symbolized his undying love for Daisy
images via the great gatsby
I don’t know where I would wear these to but I would be sure to find an occasion.
images via tiffany
I did enjoy seeing the Great Gatsby in 3D the other evening. The movie was great but the jewels were even better. Set designer,Catherine Martin, combed the Tiffany archives to find pieces that expressed the moods and feelings of the characters as well as the hedonistic period in time that the novel is set. The jewels were all real and this had an effect in on how the characters moved and carried themselves. Anyone who has ever worn truly beautiful jewels will know exactly how this feels!
Even the teaset used in the garden scene was inspired by the archives. The rosewood handles, copper rivets and jade finials will ensure that you drink your tea in style. I think it is around USD35000 for the set.
You can look at the Tiffany website for more Gatsby inspired designs.
12 June 2013
You could be bold or subtle…
use sumptuous material- citrus green always looks good in velvet…try one from pierre frey or boussac
a green bottle or two or three is an easy green addition to an interior
images via pinterest and elle decor
I am loving this mix of citrus and aqua and grey at Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo in Paris
image via yatzer
The lushness of summer in Hong Kong has made me what to embrace all things green. Symbolic of life, green is refreshing and uplifting. Underused in interiors, an easy way to add some green is to include green glass or a plant. I love the simple graphic shape of a glass bottle. Green is also one of those colours where different shades look great together. I think this is because we are used to looking at different shades in nature. The interior of the restaurant, Monsieur Bleu in Paris is a good example of this.
And if you love colours like pink or red, green always looks amazing.
11 June 2013
Images by eclectic cool
One of Malin’s fabulous neckpieces which sits perfectly around your neck.
Image by Malin Ohlsson
If you have time, pop into Eclectic Cool this month to view HK/Swedish jewellery artist, Malin Ohlsson‘s new collection.
Malin designs and hand makes her jewellery, right here in Hong Kong at local jewellery workshop, Hatton Studios in Sheung Wan.
Her designs reference her Scandinavian roots and are carefully conceived to be as individual as the wearer. They are beautifully crafted to fit perfectly on your body and suit your lifestyle. Each piece can be custom made in your choice of silver or gold, and you can even add diamonds or other gemstones if you wish.
I ordered a beautiful necklace from the Homesickness collection of New South Wales, the state of Australia that I am from. To most it looks like an abstract shape set with a champagne diamond but to me it is imbued with the feelings and memories of home.
Malin’s collection will be in store this June.
9 June 2013
Have you checked out Ecozine HK? It is a guide to everything eco in HK. I know, most would ask does eco even exist in HK? Though small, the Eco movement is growing and has some very dedicated followers. From restaurants and organic food stores listings to ways to get involved in the eco movement, this is the site to visit.
The conference, Ecozine Live!, is a TED-style event where business leaders to artists to comedians have 15 minutes to entertain and inform you live. You’ll also be able to sample some organic food by purveyors such as Beyond O2 and MANA!, and even the eco store, A Boy named Sue, is popping up!
If you are free today, head on down to the IFC
Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Venue: Nomura, 30/F, Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central
Time: Registration 9:00am / Speakers & Performers 9:30am – 1:00pm and 2:15pm – 5:00pm
Afterparty: 5:00pm at RED IFC, includes a complimentary cocktail
Tickets: $300, includes a Dopper reusable water bottle (value $150) and Ecozine LIVE! tshirt
Registration & Tickets Page: http://worldenvironmentweek.eventbrite.hk
About the Speakers: http://ecozine.com/article/ecozine-live
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/Ecozinedotcom
8 June 2013
images via wall street journal
image via lefigaro
One of the best stands at this year’s Maison was Rick Owen’s home collection. Reknowed for his dark aesthetic, cuts and amazing fabrics, his interior collection was filled with fur, steel and wood. His clothes are characterised by simple shapes that are comfortable to be , but with understated details.
His home in Paris is no different. The location was formerly an office for Francois Mitterand and has been reimagined in his trademark greys and dark woods. The only colour is the gold accents of some of the decorative pieces. I love the unfinished walls, that contrast with some of the boiserie on the interior wall panels and the ethnic art pieces. I would love to design an interior like this for a cool, hip guy…
28 May 2013
these lucite containers are so handy- you don’t have open drawers to find your stuff. Note the beautiful Anything designed yellow office supplies
image via martha stewart living
got piles of shoes near the front door…magazines & papers…a basket is your solution
image via restoration hardware
I am sure that some of you are well into your spring cleaning, or even finished. What! You haven’t started! You should!
Feel guilty enough? I have just moved so I have had to opportunity to really clean out my things, though my nearest and dearest would say that I still have ‘too much stuff’. However, though I wouldn’t consider myself a particularly neat person, my house looks that way and I keep that way by making sure that I have my gear organised and in their proper place. Here are three tips…
1. Get yourself some lucite containers. these are great for holding makeup and office supplies as well as jewelry. Make sure they are stackable. The best ones are from Muji .
2. Some things are too bulky to fit in a drawer and get left out to gather dust and generally look ugly. A basket is a solution! With air flow to keep odours at a minimum, baskets are not only good to look at, but practical. If your home is minimal, check out the Muuto restore baskets to add that clean, contemporary look…
3. Concealed storage: This will contain all your mess. It is always worthwhile to get some built-ins made. I have designed mine so I can take them with me when I move – I adjust them with extra doors and false panels if necessary. If you can’t do custom made- IKEA has some good plain wardrobes. I like to stick with plain white unless your budget extends to a fancy veneer.
Happy spring cleaning!
25 May 2013
the best made tool box USD 80
One of my favourite online stores has opened a new retail space in NY. The products are chosen/ designed with care from some of the best makers around. Whether it be a knife from Japan, scissors from Sheffield or a blanket from Oregon-these products are beautifully simple and elegant and will last you your whole life.
Each week they introduce a new product ( I don’t know how they have the time) and this week I am coveting a front loading tool box. I have been looking for a vintage wooden one pre 40s on Ebay for ages- and haven’t been able to find one so this might do for the time being. It would also make a great box for a boy’s bedroom.
When you order over the internet, the package arrives wrapped with care in brown paper and is hand stamped- you can feel the love! As exciting as receiving a box from Net-a-Porter. This is what online shopping is all about.
Another thing they are famous for and I really, really want the ‘compassion’ axe even though last time I chopped down a tree with my husband, it resulted in downed power lines, lots of swearing and sparks flying ( not the good kind) . Maybe with such a good looking tool, my wood chopping would be more successful.
Anyway, if you are in NY, the store is located mins from Soho so very convenient too!
36 White Street, Ground Floor
Wednesday to Sunday
On a personal note- we have finished moving and things are settling down-so to all of you who have sent me emails requiring more than a cursory response – I know I have not replied- expect a lovely chatty response in the next week or so. I haven’t forgotten you. J x
11 May 2013
Copper is especially prevalent in lighting- seen as less gaudy than gold, copper’s soft subtle gleam is pleasing to the eye. image via pinterest
By Lassen candlestick will be available at Eclectic Cool later this year.
Usually found on the outside of buildings, these copper pipes are used in a glamorous way= even copper coloured seating image via yellowtrace
the epitome of luxury- harking back to an age when a copper bath came with a maide pouring in hot water… image via fired earth
these Tom Dixon lights look cool in a row
the leaching of minerals in copper give this turquoise glow- it takes centuries to get this look right! image via pinterest
Copper has been used for centuries as an essential part of building and decorating as well as for artistic pursuits. Prized for its conductive qualities, copper is also one of the most easily malleable elements around as well as being very beautiful.
We are recently enjoying a copper renaissance, having dropped out of favour in the late 80s and 90s. Used particularly in lighting, copper’s warm reddish gold tint gives off a soft, warm glow- a pleasing contrast to the sparse chrome.
Add some copper to your home this summer and take a walk on the warm side.
10 May 2013