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A bed fit for a prince (and princess)

31 May 2011

A bed fit for a prince (and princess)

When Princess Mary of Denmark was decorating the royal nursery, she chose Leander, a Danish company,  to supply the cots.  A good choice as  the Leander Bed  System is probably the most stylish cot around.

Available in Hong Kong at Okooko,  this bed follows the growth of a child from birth to around age 6.   Available in three finishes, walnut, whitewash and white, it will suit any décor.

The design features rounded corners with a smooth satin finish, creating a cocoon-like effect that will be soothing to your child. As your child grows the bed adapts, moving from a high bassinet to cot and then  different sized beds.

Of course, this bed comes at a price.  At around HKD 20 000, including accessories,  it certainly isn’t cheap, but when you consider the design, workmanship, quality and materials as well as longevity, it  is an investment.

Okooko

Store 16 & 17, 27th Floor

Horizon Plaza
 2 Lee Wing Street 
Ap Lei Chau

Phone: +852 2870 1132
Fax: +852 2870 1189

Email: enquiries@okooko.com.hk

Open: 11am – 7pm Monday – Sunday

 






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Through the looking glass…the work of Dale Chihuly

31 May 2011

Through the looking glass…the work of Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly (b.1941) is one of America’s most famous sculptors, as well as being once voted by American art critics as being one of the least favourite.   His works are on a massive scale, consisting of large assemblages of dangerous and colourful shards of glass.   I caught the installation of Chihuly’s exhibition at the MFA in Boston and from what I saw and have since read, the exhibition is stunning.   You can see the  scale of the Lime Green Icicle Tower and the vibrancy and detail of the blown glass.   The rainbow hued ceiling is similar to that installed at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.

Chihuly trained as an interior designer and then worked for the Venini factory in Venice where he developed his skill and love of glass as an art form.  Once seen as a secondary art form, a so called ‘applied’ art- Chihuly pushed the boundaries of colour and form in glass making.   His works take days to install and are painstaking assembled in situ according to drawings.

I only wish I was able to return to see the full exhibition.

Dale Chihuly- through the looking glass

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

10 April 2011 to 7th August 2011











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the simple things…

30 May 2011

the simple things…

Oysters are one of my simple pleasures.  Nutritious, low in fat and totally luxurious and decadent…how many foods have this as a claim to fame?  Recently, I ate a delicious plate of oysters in Boston’s Ye Olde Union Oyster House.  Established in 1826, this restaurant has an authentic interior typical of eating establishments of period. JFK loved to eat here during his Harvard days. Louis Philippe of France (1830 to 1848) lived upstairs during his time in Boston in 1796.  Well worth a visit, the Union Oyster House does not just serve oysters but some wonderful local brews and is the first restaurant established in the US and the first  in the world to offer toothpicks!

41 Union Street

Boston

(617) 227 2750

www.unionoysterhouse.com











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The south of france in Hong Kong

29 May 2011

The south of france in Hong Kong

I am not much of a beach person, even though I am an Aussie.   I grew up around the beach and I guess they hold little novelty for me! However, today I spent a great day with friends on the beach in South Bay.   The sun was shining, the drinks were flowing- it truly was idyllic.   South Bay is as close to the French Riviera in Asia as you could imagine, no wonder it is particularly popular with the French expats.  It feels less crowded than Repulse Bay, though only 10 minutes away,  and is the home of the fun South Bay Beach Club, which can be rented out in the evenings for functions.  The waves are gentle and there is a pontoon that you can swim to.  Today I felt a bit like Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief…now if only Cary Grant had turned up, the day would have been complete.











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Midnight in Paris

26 May 2011

Midnight in Paris

I can’t wait to see Woody Allen’s new movie, Midnight in Paris.  It is meant to be one of the best of Allen’s recent movies, some of which I alternately love and hate.   I also quite like the film poster.  I do have a thing for film posters- having a very large collection of vintage (pre 1970) posters.   However, I’d like to point out Van Gogh was Dutch ( though the French like to claim him) and the background of the poster is from his work Starry Night  painted in 1889 and in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY.  It depicts the night sky from his sanatorium window in Saint-Remy ( not Paris).   I supposed they used it because it is recognizable to Americans and of course, technicalities aside,  it is beautiful.











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Around town today….

26 May 2011

Around town today….

Gosh there is a wealth of things going down today.   Seminal British artist, Peter Blake,  is having a exhibition opening at the Cat Street Gallery , tonight 6-9pm.   I will do  a detailed blog post about his art a little later but even if you know nothing about him, don’t miss this exhibition.  Also on is an installation of the New York retail space, Partners and Spade at Lane Crawford IFC.   I had a bit of a sneak preview yesterday and are there was plenty to look at and buy.  I loved most things there and could have taken it all home with me!   The opening is tonight 6-10pm.











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LisaT warehouse opening

26 May 2011

LisaT warehouse opening

Some of you may have come across Lisa Tsang’s gorgeous cashmere and knit wares in Lane Crawford.  Today and Friday she is having a rare warehouse opening sale of past season’s cashmere and fur as well as her current spa range which is stocked through the Four Seasons  Spa.

Lisa uses only the finest yarns from such manufacturers as Loro Piano.  Her fur is sourced at the same factory as Matthew Williamson and are knit together using off cuts that would otherwise be thrown away.   Her designs are sophisticated and timeless, with subtle detailing and luxurious finishing.   Her new spa range consists of light and loose knits of cool fibre blends, perfect for resort wear and elegant home lounging.  Prices at the sale are as low as 90% off with an extra 10% this today and Friday. The warehouse  can be found at

Room B, 10/F
22-24 Wing Lok Street,
Tak Cheung Building,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Tel: 28156186
Monday – Friday
10:00am – 6:00pm











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HK Art Fair 2011

25 May 2011

HK Art Fair 2011

The Hong Kong Art Fair is on next week. The publicity shot is great- a typical HK scene!  The red plastic lights apparently make the meat look fresher  as well as creating an atmosphere that  reminds of a still from  A Cook, A Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.  But I digress- 260 galleries from 38 countries are exhibiting this year, the biggest ever.  It is well worth a visit, even if you are just looking.  You will get an overview of the contemporary art market that is hard to beat.  The existence and growth of this market reflects the growing market for art by asian customers, who are now looking beyond China for their collections.  The opening of preeminent galleries such as the Gagosian and Ben Brown also are part of this booming interest in art.

Tickets are around HKD250 but places such as Bookazine are giving them away with purchase.











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L is for Judith Leiber

23 May 2011

L is for Judith Leiber

Ninety year old Judith Leiber started her handbag design business in 1963.  Her bags have been carried by first ladies to presidential inauguarations and  starlets at  awards shows.  Her most famous designs used an abundance of rhinestones…elevating the crystal from tacky glitz to an art form.   However Leiber also used semi-precious stones and exotic leathers inspired by the art deco period and artists such as Sonia Delaunay.   Her pieces are in the permanent collections at design museums, including the Victoria & Albert in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles. They are extremely collectible, with the rarer designs fetching up to USD 3000.   Leiber herself is one of the biggest collectors of her own work, curating a collection of the Judith Leiber Museum in East Hampton, NY.

Lieber is still producing new designs and they are made in the same way that they have been done in the past: the frames hand-moulded in Italy and then sent to Thailand for the placement of the crystals into intricate designs.   In Hong Kong her designs are available in Lane Crawford- you might need to save up!











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The dress of the decade?

22 May 2011

The dress of the decade?

I know Kate Middleton’s wedding dress probably wins the prize for most memorable (and gorgeous) dress of the decade-if not the century.  For me,  Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball dress probably runs a close second.  Designed by Jason Wu, the dress is a frothy concoction of chiffon and silver embroidery.  Even though this quite whimsical design would suit a younger woman, it somehow looked exactly right on Michelle.   Like Kate’s dress, Michelle’s personality shone through so she wore the dress, not vice versa.   The embroidery was inspired by fireworks…suiting the joyousness of the occasion.   By the way, Michelle wears a size 40 pair of Choo’s!











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