Design, Hong Kong, Interiors

Hong Kong Barber Shop

30 April 2011

Hong Kong Barber Shop

Sometimes as I walk through the glitzy malls of Hong Kong, I despair that traditional HK life  depicted in movies such as The World of Suzie Wong and In the Mood for Love is almost gone.  You have to really hunt through the back streets to find the remnants but they are there.  The above interior is one example.   This is a barber shop located in Sheung Wan.  It is approximately 50 square feet and inside is packed with all the necessary equipment.  Original chairs from the 50s are centrepiece, still upholstered with burgundy leather.  The space opens onto a ladder street and is secured by a typical iron shutter of that period.  Lighting is fluorescent but it has all the mod cons necessary for a comfortable hair cut- a fan and a mirror.  As you can probably guess the barber is original too.  He charges between 30 and 50HKD for his services.   I wish I was a guy…it would be really fun to come and have a haircut here!

Take a look at the interiors and exteriors in the movies clips above and you will know what I am looking for…






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the tiara

30 April 2011

the tiara

The wedding was fabulous and the dress even more so…I thought it could only be Sarah Burton!  But the big fashion moment was the gorgeous art deco tiara by  Cartier from 1936.  This tiara has stood the test of time as the bottom image attests.  The use of baguette and round diamonds set in the delicately scrolled platinum setting.  I wouldn’t be suprised if Cartier revived this design- they should!

I also like how the earrings designed by Robinson Pelham echoes the foliate design of the tiara.











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Cool…royal wedding

29 April 2011

Cool…royal wedding

Weddings always make my heart skip a beat whether it be small an intimate or watched by billions.  In honour of the day, a little bit of Wills and Kate memorabilia to tickle your fancy.











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Collecting, Design, Shopping

Pamela Love new collection- fall 2011

28 April 2011

Pamela Love new collection- fall 2011

Any one who reads this blog will know how much I covet Pamela Love’s jewelry .  I admire the tough edge to her pieces and the references to tribal and ethnic traditional jewelry.   Though the pieces look rather heavy, they are in fact made of a polyester resin that is light and very comfortable to wear.   If it were me I would pair a bangle like this with some delicate silver and stone bracelets and leather.  Pamela Love’s pieces can be found at On Pedder and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and online at Bonadrag and Netaporter.











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Ikea makeover part 2

27 April 2011

Ikea makeover part 2

A few days ago I wrote about a chest from Ikea that had been completely made over.  Ikea has recently launched a blog which is full of inspiring ideas to makeover your furniture.  I think of Ikea as the Zara of interior design: great pieces at low prices…at the cutting edge of fashion, but you wouldn’t want a wardrobe (or house) full of it.  Like you would a Zara piece, you need to mix it up a bit.  Put it with something designer or vintage and customize it!!!

Livet Hemma (Life at Home)  is packed with great ideas as to how you can customize your Ikea furniture.  It is in Swedish, but in case you don’t speak fluent Swedish, open it on Google Chrome and it will translate for you.











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The Pritzker Prize

26 April 2011

The Pritzker Prize

Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Portuguese architect- Eduardo Souto de Moura. If you don’t know about the Pritzker prize, it is architecture’s highest honour,  and is awarded to a living architect whose work displays talent and vision.  Past winners include Frank Gehry, my fave, Zaha Hadid, Glenn Murcutt and Rem Koolhaas, to name only a few.  You can get a full list of winners here as well as images of their work.











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J Crew Fall 2011

25 April 2011

J Crew Fall 2011

I know it feels as if we have just finished with winter, but it is never to early to think about the next fall collections.  I am loving the colours and simplicity of the cuts in the J Crew fall collection.  These simple classic shapes have been reworked in great fabrics and cool cuts.   We saw similar cuts of jackets last year at Stella McCartney, but we have them again at budget friendly prices.

In Hong Kong it is very hard to get mid range clothing that is not Zara or H&M.  I do fall back to online shopping.  J Crew is one of my faves, especially online as they seem to have much more there than in store.   Though they don’t ship directly to Hong Kong, I use a service called MyUSA that will do it for you.  It takes about a week and if you do a few stores, you can ship in one go so that you cut down on the cost.











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Art, Cool Places, Design Alphabet, People

C is for Caravaggio

23 April 2011

C is for Caravaggio

Caravaggio (1571-1610) is my all time favourite painter.  His theatrical style, with its brilliant use of light, never fails to move me.   His influence remains: many directors such as Martin Scorsese, cite Caravaggio as an influence on their work.  Apart from being an amazing painter, he was a man that lead an exciting and passionate life.  Thrown in jail numerous times for brawling, destroying property and general mayhem, he even had a death warrant issued by Pope Paul V and killed a man (perhaps by accident) in 1606. In Naples, an attempt was made on his life, though he survived but a few months later he was dead of a fever.

Last year I had the pleasure of viewing the most comprehensive Caravaggio exhibition at the Scuderia d’Quirinale in Rome of 25 of his works.  It was an opportunity not to be missed as this many pictures by Caravaggio have never been exhibited together.

Only 80 works by Caravaggio survive.  Rome is the place to see Caravaggio.   The Cerasi Chapel, Contarelli Chapel, Galeria Borghese and the Vatican all have works by him.  Other works are scattered throughout Europe.











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Cool…MINI sintesi

22 April 2011

Cool…MINI sintesi

Anyone who knows me can attest to my little obsession with MINIs.  In Australia, selling my MINI Park Lane to come to HK was a sad moment.   It sold within one day!  I am still waiting for the chance to justify the purchase of another MINI, but for a mother of three this can be difficult!

The general manager of MINI design developed this artwork for the università degli studi di milano in Italy. The work ‘visualizes an artistic interpretation of the MINI family principle that ‘all family members derive from the same nucleus and share the same genes, yet show different and individual characters.’  At night, light shining through the sculpture projects onto the surrounding buildings.

BTW, I did enjoy this MINI billboard in Times Square NY a couple of weeks ago.

Have a great weekend!

 











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Cool…Julia Child’s kitchen

21 April 2011

Cool…Julia Child’s kitchen

In November 2001 when Julia Child moved back to her native California, she donated her kitchen to the Smithsonian Museum.   Her husband, Paul, designed the kitchen for her in 1961 and it became the setting for her cooking show for seven years.

Lining the walls, an impressive collection of pots, pans and other kitchen implements were used to create her classic french dishes.   Though the array and quantity of kitchen equipment clearly indicates Julia’s professional status, the feel of the kitchen is definitely domestic.   It is a place for family and friends to gather together to enjoy a good meal and enjoy each others company.

Even in a place like Hong Kong, where it is easy to go out to eat and where kitchens are often designed without ovens; it is important to remember that a kitchen is the hub of the home, a creative place to express yourself and your love of your family and a place to be together. Great kitchens have good equipment. The best place to go for good quality equipment is the Panhandler in Central, Sogo in Causeway Bay and Wing On in Central.

 











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