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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
 
 

 

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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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.

You can check out Armadillo online and in store….

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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
 
 

 

My baby days are long gone, but I love to look at interior + motherhood blog, The Glow.   The dreamy photography and quirky interiors are all so beautiful, simple and inspirational.  ariane 4 Nursery inspiration

You can see these interiors are filled with my favourite things…vintage mirrors, moroccan rugs and antique furniture.   I love the naturalness of the interiors, filled with natural materials that can be reinvented as your children get older.   Usually, the interiors I find here in HK are filled with IKEA- hard lines and primary colours.  I love the softness of these interiors with the lack of hard edges and furniture that only improves with age and wear.

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Gorgeous handmade hanging rack.  We made a similar one of wood and fluorescent cord for a client..

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We love this image of one of our Maison des Vacances throws…

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Don’t you love the light in this photo?   We like chalkboard at eclectic cool, we’ve been custom colouring ours.

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you know benis and babies go beautifully together- they’re just the thing for a heavy duty living room or playroom

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Oh the simplicity of the black and white–check out the dog…is it real?

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You can see more inspiration on The Glow.

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Check out the beautiful interiors on The Glow. Focussing on motherhood and interiors, the Glow is nothing but inspirational.

 
 
28 May 2014
 
 

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We’re totally in love with the graceful curves of the Eva chair by the Swedish Modernist designer, Kerstin Holmquist.   The chair is fully upholstered in Kvadrat Balder with legs in either walnut or oak.

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The whole collection: from left the Eva, The Adam and the Paradiset sofa.   Elegant and sophisticated- the chairs will suit both more classic to mid century interiors.   Gorgeous!

Available Autumn 2014-

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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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11 February 2014
 
 

 

 

The word Ikat is Indonesian and means “to tie or bind”.   However, unlike tie dyed fabric where the dye is added to the finished fabric, in ikat the dye is added to the threads before the fabric is woven.

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The silk is dyed before weaving into fabrics.

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Ikats became fashionable in interiors through the use of these fabrics by NY designer, Madeleine Weinrib.   Weinrib sources most of her ikats from the lush Fergana valley area, as we do too.   Use of ikat fabrics is usually confined to cushions and pillows and decorative trims as  Uzbek ikat is woven in widths of 38 to 50 cms, so seams may show.

You can check out our range of ikat pillows online or come in and take a look- we’d love to show you.

 

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a selection of our silk and silk velvet ikat cushions

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These bright colours are typical of contemporary silk ikats.  Our pillows are filled with 100% down and feather and are backed by libeco linen .

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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.

 

 
 
7 January 2014
 
 

 

 

5 of the best round tables around….

The Saarinen tulip table is ubiquitous for a reason…simple, clean looking and usually topped with a fabulous piece of marble, I love the smooth lines.   I also like mixing this table with unexpected chairs.   In my latest project, we are mixing the new matte arabescato marble with Thonet chairs in a deep blue colour…can’t wait to see how it turns out.   Cool...the perfect round dining table

This Saarinen table is mixed with a Platner chair…more on Platner later.

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We have this table in the store and I love the lightness of the base.   It’s also a fabulous price for what it is…

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ThisPK54 is a classic.   I have this table and I like the contrast between the square base and the round granite top.  The best thing about it is that you can get a solid wooden extension ring that allows you to extend the table to sit 12 comfortably.

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A bit of a change of pace, the Xilos table is a bit of a classic.  Sometimes with a marble top, I like it just in the plain veneer.

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This is the Platner table that usually can be seen with the Platner chairs above.  This is my favourite glass topped table and again this type of table can be mixed with the unexpected….

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Of course, you can get copies of most of these tables but an original is always the best.   It is usually an excellent investment-both for the way that it looks as well as the way it makes you feel!

 

 

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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…

 
 
5 January 2014
 
 

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We love the Fornasetti range for its masculine designs and hues.  It creates a library feel without, ahem, the need for a library.  images via pinterest

 

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Love the squiggle pattern, not too sure about the dead animals en masse, especially that croc hanging on the wall.  Hmmm.   Probably nicer made into a handbag.

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the vivienne westwood squiggle pattern

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Loving this mad English military mess hall look: the Napoleonic war with Hello Kitty.

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I adore this bedroom- makes me want to throw myself down on this bed and get ready for my nap...image via kensington design

The range of Cole and Son wallpaper is massive.   They also have a great app that you can download onto your iPad.  We have lots of samples in store for you to take a look at too.

 

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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.

 

 
 
30 December 2013
 
 

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the Lee Broom clear crystal globe, winner of the 2012 British Design Award.

Handcut crystal, brass and fabric wire.  able to be used as a pendant or casually laid on a table.

 

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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!

 

 
 
20 December 2013
 
 

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Gorgeous cap sleeve dresses with graceful skirts….

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Reem Acra Couture 2011 to 2013
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These doors were pulled out of a home in Beirut.  Loving the rich velvets, abundant use of lucite and the exuberant use of colour

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Her collection of Mui Mui sneakers in front of verre eglomisé doors.  What’s verre eglomisé you ask? It is where the back of glass is gilded with gold leaf and then painted, giving a very beautiful effect.   Old shop windows of the 19c often used this technique to do lettering.

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Not sure how religious she is but a cool collection of votive items.   And a pleasing hanging arrangement too.

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A billboard-size photograph by Ruven Afanador covers a wall in Acra’s study; the image was used in an ad campaign for Acra’s eponymous fashion label in 1999. The sofa is upholstered in pink suede.

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I wish I had a canopy bed.   Gorgeous use of textiles and tortoisehell and ormolu chest in the front.

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What a great itdea, Acra collected this old textile to cover a dining table and used a plexiglass table top to protect it. Note the mismatched chairs, unified with a coat of black paint.

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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!

 
 
25 October 2013
 
 
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