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Cool…new armadillo

18 June 2014

Cool…new armadillo

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….

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Cool…Holmquist for GUBI

11 February 2014

Cool…Holmquist for GUBI

I know, I know- I have been pretty silent about all the cool things that I saw and bought at Maison.   If you follow us on facebook you would had a few small sneak peeks but some of the best designs need more examination than 300 characters!

One of the standouts were the re-editions of the beautiful designs by Kerstin Holmquist,who  created a unique collection of upholstered pieces for NK – Nordiska Kompaniet in 1956-57. She was employed at NK Triva, a furniture workshop and architect studio where she created this collection for one of her many exhibitions. She named her pieces inspired by Paradiset (Swedish for Eden or Paradise).

The first piece in the collection was the feminine lounge chair – Eva- in pink and later followed its masculine counterpart, Adam. To compliment the two she later also created a sofa – the Paradiset sofa.   Gubi has revived these designs with great aplomb- they complement their existing collections beautifully.

Unfortunately, we have to wait to get our hot little hands on these babies- they will be available for purchase and ordering only in June…

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Cool…ikat fabrics

7 January 2014

Cool…ikat fabrics

One of my great abiding passions is my love of fabrics. One of our best selling lines is our range of ikat cushions.   My favourite ikats actually come from Uzbekistan and are made out of silks but ikats can also be made of other fibres as well.

The ikats that we have in the store come, as I mentioned before, from Uzbekistan which was part of the so called ‘Silk Road’ through Central Asia to Europe where traders travelled by caravan, collecting mainly food and fabrics which were then sold in markets in Europe.   Another interesting thing about these Uzbek ikats is that traditionally the work is mainly done by men, while other types of fabrics are primarily done by women.

Instead of being done by nomads, the ikat weaving process in Central Asia began in the oases cities; those cities were actually like little kingdoms and each was ruled by an Emir, Khan or local lord.  The most amazing ikats came from the city of Bukhara (now in Uzbekistan) because that city had the best economy, the most trade and the most surplus wealth.

Because true ikats are handmade, you can find imperfections caused by inconsistencies in the dying and weaving process.  These are not defects but add character to the fabrics.   My favourite are the vibrant silk velvet ikats.  I love the bold polka dot patterns but you can also find such motifs such as the tree of life and animal patterns.

 

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Cool…the perfect round dining table

5 January 2014

Cool…the perfect round dining table

Nearly every house I did in 2013 chose a round table for their dining table.  In Hong Kong, round tables are very popular as they really suit the way that people entertain- family style eating.  I, myself, have a round table and I find my kids love the way that we all can be involved in discussions.

Here are 5 of the best (and most classic) round tables…

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Cool…cole & son wallpaper

30 December 2013

Cool…cole & son wallpaper

You may not know this but we stock a full range of wallpaper by many of the world’s best wallpaper makers.  One of my favourites is English maker, Cole & Son, who works with some of the best designers to produce the most intricately detailed wallpapers, crisply printed on beautifully thick and luxurious papers.

We have been using the Cole & Son Fornasetti range for years.  We particularly love the Ex Libris design, which gives the illusion of a library with the bother (!!!) of books!.

Our new favourite is the tartan wallpaper by Vivienne Westwood.  Printed large scale on an angle, we are mixing it with a delicious Rubelli velvet headboard, edged in a neutral linen piping and beautiful pale blue  silk curtains.   What a fabulously peaceful relaxing guest bedroom for our client’s guests.   Take a look at the images beside.

I will try to post some images from some projects we have completed, but we need to get permission from the owners first…stay tuned…

A roll of Cole and Son Wallpaper is around HKD1400 plus shipping.  The average wall costs around HKD3000 to prepare and wallpaper.  For under HKD7000, this can create a huge impact.    Come and ask us in store about the Cole and Son range.

 

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Cool…Lee Broom

20 December 2013

Cool…Lee Broom

 

We are proud to announce that we now stock the Lee Broom range of lights with the crystal pendants kept in stock and all other products available to order.   If you don’t know about the English designer Lee Broom, here’s a quick intro…

Lee founded his brand in 2007, design integrity, quality and workmanship are integral to his designs.  He works closely with craftspeople to realise his range.

Eclectic Cool is stocking his most famous design, the clear glass globe.  Handcut, this globe is lit by an LED light giving off a delectable glow.   Individually they are beautiful, clustered they are stunning.  Why don’t you come in store and take a look!

 

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Cool…reem acra

25 October 2013

Cool…reem acra

If I ever needed a couture gown I think  I might visit the atelier of Reem Acra.   The Beirut born designer does not only make some of the best red carpet attire around but has beautiful taste in interiors too.

I always love  interiors full of personal things that have meaning to an individual.  Acra’s interior is a great example of this.  It is clear that she is a master of colour: mixing greens, reds, purples, gilt and blacks with assurance.   If you look at her dining table, each piece of tableware, from the cutlery to the table itself is such a personal choice- with unexpected details like the little Buddha candle lamps.

It makes me want to take a trip to Turkey or Lebanon to start collecting!

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