We’ve had a fantastic year here at Eclectic Cool. I opened the door to our store November 20th, 2012 and I have been amazed at the support from our customers, both retail and wholesale, our friends, our suppliers, our neighbours, the press here in HK and of course my family.
Retail in Hong Kong is especially hard, rents are high and it is difficult to find great staff. Some people forget that Eclectic Cool is basically a one man band, operated by me. I have worked hard to keep the store open when you would like it to be and hope to be able to expand our opening times this year.
This year we have introduced a store manager, Natalie and a design assistant, Stephany. These women are exceptionally loyal and hard working and have been pretty much thrown into the deep end, dealing with a huge range of customer enquiries in the most professional manner possible.
Of course, as a developing business, the run has not always been smooth, but be assured that we work our hardest to service our customers in the most reliable and efficient manner and aim to continue to do just so.
The number of people who walk through the door has grown each month this year; our interior design business is going at full steam and we are so lucky to be involved supplying products to many projects by many interior designers around town.
As you may have gathered, we are passionate about design and we love working here in Hong Kong. This year we have some exciting plans in the pipeline: we are continuing to work with our current suppliers: expanding our product offerings and are looking to introduce some new ones. Keep checking the Our Products page in the blog for more details.
We are continuing to develop our own product lines including furniture, soft furnishings, lighting and stationery. A lot we produce here at Eclectic Cool is bespoke and are one offs and we are proud of our ability to be responsive to our customers and make things just for them.
The blog has been the area that I have be most unhappy with this year- work pressures have meant that my writing has been sporadic but I am hoping to get back on track in 2014. Thanks for your patience…it will get better!
Again, thanks to one and all for all the help, patience and support you have given me and the Eclectic Cool team in 2013. You guys are awesome. Here’s to a great 2014….
Best wishes, Joanne
You can see that the simple touch of a black hanger brings out the delicate lace of the white dress while the feathers give texture. How does this relate to interiors, you ask? Think of translucent sheers mixed with heavy white velvet/linen/wool curtains- the heavy drapes can be removed for a lighter summer feel.
image via thisisglamorous
I love a textured knit in white. Think of this in a thick blanket or a woolly fleece thrown over a sofa or chair. image via harpers bazaar uk
love the touch of black in the bestlites, throws and even in the lines in the painted floor. Some charcoal adds even more interest.
another example of a painted floor
I always think white looks great in quite rustic interiors. The chipped paintwork gives the white stools and trolley texture.
A slightly more summery feel but still warmth is added with the warm woods of the dining table.
A painted brick wall in white is a subtle way to add definition to a wall. Though in HK the painted walls are probably faux, it still can be an effective way to add that NY feel to a studio or loft apartment
above images via pinterest
AMASS is housed in the 736 sqm former Burmeister & Wain shipyard building in an industrial part of Copenhagen.
Oh that Aoyama table!
The table tops are smoked oak. The raw concrete underlines that this used to be a working building.
Matt Orlando’s dream was to create a raw open space that would feel alive and have a constant flow – an informal space, where friends and family could gather, and enjoy a very high level of food.
The masculo chair in black leather.
The green upholstery echoes the garden that surrounds the building and connects the interior to the exterior.
Again the palette of the grafitti painted walls not only reflect the colours used in the interior but reminds us of the buildings past industrial use.
Everything in the restaurant is exposed to the customer. The chef believes strongly (as is the case in Noma) that diners should be able to watch the complete process involved in the preparation of the food itself.
images via yatzer
The view from Timberline Lodge
The magnificent Mt Hood
From the light fittings and furniture to the drapery you can see in the next image, everything was made on site specifically for Tmberline Lodge. Margery Hoffman Smith was the interior designer for Timberline Lodge and conceived hand-appliquéd draperies, hand-woven upholstery and draperies, and hand-hooked rugs for the public areas and guestrooms. She also commissioned or selected oil paintings, watercolors, hand-colored lithographs, opus sectile glass murals, and carved linoleum murals to decorate the lodge.
Ray Neufer supervised the woodworking shop that produced the furniture. Using inexperienced workers he designed and supervised the making of distinctive pieces of furniture.
The distinctive coyote heads are one of the motifs that Timberline lodge is famous for.
The andirons were made out of railway tracks.
O.B. Dawson was in charge of the metal shop, and his workers produced beautiful hand-wrought iron decorative details at the lodge. Dawson designed fireplace andirons, screens, and fire tools, using metal from railway tracks and reworking them into beautiful designs.
the exterior of the lodge
all images by eclectic cool
this interior by Greg Natale shows how to use a dominant hue in a balance way. The use of glass coffee tables reveal the rugs pattern while the blue chairs are balanced by the white sofa.
image via greg natale
this room by Peter Mikic, shows how a graphic pattern can be used in a more traditional interior. The dark pattern is only accentuated by the accessories while the rest of the room is kept neutral..
image via la dolce vita
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 iconic cantilevered exterior of fallingwater
image via mcgill
the sitting area of fallingwater
image via home-designing
the base of the fireplace incorporates the natural boulders
image via home-designing
note the beni ouarain rug- it was architects that frank lloyd wright that popularised these moroccan rugs. if anyone tells you that these types of rugs are a fad- they are wrong!!!
image via home-designing
the fictional vandamm house in North by Northwest 1959
the interior of the vandamm house- note the common elements- the windows and the fireplace surround, however the furniture is much more formal.
images via hooked on houses
btw don’t forget…
it certainly is- even though I am heading off to ski this week… this is an aerial view of the tulip fields. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be to be amongst all that? image via designboom
I think it’s time to pull out those sandals (and get yourself a good pedicure) image via thisisglamorous
if you are not in cushions, add some bright colors with accessories-hang some bunting and be playful. image via amerrymishap
or you can just be sensible and do some cleaning. I love these tools by swedish company irishantverk. I’m thinking of getting them for the store. What do you think? images via iris hantverk
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