fashion, Hong Kong, Shopping

A/W 2011

31 August 2011

A/W 2011

It’s nearly September and that means it is time to think about winter (clothes-that is!).  I had a quick scout around the shops last week, and despite the looming GFC2 that my husband keeps on warning me is coming, the stock is flying off the shelves here in HK.  Impressive, considering the humidity is around 100%  Anyway, pictured here is my wish list for winter…..

 






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Cool…new online store

29 August 2011

Cool…new online store

While visiting friends in Hong Kong, Caroline Mackersey, the founder of  In My House, found it was a challenge to find great quality and well designed furniture pieces at a reasonable price.   With her experience in sales and marketing  of one of Australia’s leading homewares importers, Caroline used her design connections to fill this gap in the Hong Kong market, launching In My House , an online furniture store  in June.

 

In My House carries a range of designer furniture from Australia and the UK as well as sourcing eclectic individual pieces from exotic locales, such as India and Turkey.   Tables, chairs and sofas are well represented in the store, as well as smaller decorator pieces such as rugs and homewares.

 

Leading furniture designers such as the hot Australian brand, Mark Tuckey, produce custom made furniture for In My House, specifically tailored to the Hong Kong market.   The furniture has been hand picked by Caroline to fit in Hong Kong’s tiny lifts and stairwells so that there are no nasty surprises.

 

Another of Caroline’s design coups include the range by British brand, Another Country.   Made from FSC sustainable oak, Another Country’s pared back aesthetic  suits the Hong Kong lifestyle brilliantly.  Designed by founder ,Paul de Kwart, one of the founding publishers of interiors bible, Wallpaper magazine, the construction of the pieces are drawn from traditional Shaker, English and Japanese methods.   The legs screw on and can be removed for ease of transportation in Hong Kong’s fluid housing market.

 

Caroline has also taken the hassle out of organizing shipping for the pieces.  Her furniture is shipped by air freight door to door at a standardized price. The furniture is priced similarly to retail pricing in Australia and the UK, so you can be assured of great value. This site is a great idea if you are moving to Hong Kong. As most pieces take 6 to 8 weeks to deliver, you can order in your home country to be delivered  straight to your new home in Hong Kong! If you are looking for some cool pieces for your home, bookmark this site now!

 

In My House

www.inmyhouse.com.hk











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Hong Kong, Resources

the end of frizzy hair

28 August 2011

the end of frizzy hair

When I moved to Hong Kong my hair couldn’t cope with the humidity.   I spent not only money but time straightening my hair everyday.  Then a couple of years ago I discovered the Brazilian Blowout. Advertised as formeldahyde free, the BB was described to me as fantastic for hair, not only reducing the frizz but nourishing and strengthening it as well.  As I work out almost everyday the ability to wash my hair, quickly dry it and run out the door was an amazing time saver. Even thought the treatment took a few hours to complete, it was time well spent.  I became quite addicted to the treatment.   Unfortunately, I think this time is about to end.

I came across the following article in the Sydney Morning Herald, which you can read here.   Apparently the product which was advertised as ‘formaldehyde free’ is made up of 10% formaldehyde, a chemical that is toxic, allergenic and carcinogenic.   The product has been recalled in Australia due to its false advertising.

After going on the site, I noticed that they have started to advertise a product called BB Zero.  A product that states no formaldehyde will be released during any part of the treatment.

I guess this means that I will soon be back to the old hair straighteners and hours in the bathroom every morning, until my hair salon obtains the new product.











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Cool…cheap magazines in HK

28 August 2011

Cool…cheap magazines in HK

As tool of the trade, I really need to buy all the latest magazines.  It is shocking sometimes to see how much magazines are marked up at great and bookazine.   So I was thrilled to hear of Naxos Books in Fleet Arcade in Fenwick Pier from Sassy Hong Kong

At the cash register,  the salesperson converts the COVER price into HKD.  They only take cash and, of course, if the boats are in dock,  the store may be closed-so call ahead.   Though a little out of the way, I am definitely making this a regular port of call every month.

You can read  the original Sassy’s article here.  It has a great map and the directions written in Cantonese so that you can hand it to the taxi driver.

Fleet Arcade, Naxos Books and Video, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Admiralty, 2511 3611











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Cool…Punch drunk Sleep no more

26 August 2011

Cool…Punch drunk Sleep no more

Punchdrunk is a site specific theatre company who tailors a play to a location.  Lately they have popped up in NYC at the fictional McKittrick Hotel (wasn’t that the name of a Hitchcock character?)  where the guests (audience) are invited to don Venetian style white beak masks ( like those favoured by doctors in the plague-ridden Renaissance) while walking around the hotel, rifling through drawers, photos of dead bodies, rolodexes containing veiled clues…you get the picture; while the actors mime  and dance their way through a performance that is loosely based on a gothic combination of Macbeth and Rebecca. Dark, disorientating and gloomy, it seduces its audience slowly, allowing them to weave themselves into the ever-shifting, decentralized story.

The McKittrick hotel set  is actually a group of  three abandoned warehouses on West 27th Street.   You are immersed  for three hours into a night of sex, mystery,  mayhem and drama in  set that has 100 rooms (what a fab job for a set director!).  The beauty of the piece that your experience is individual:the clues you find, others would miss.  Now that’s what I call theatre.

Sleep no more is on at the McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, on now, season extended.   











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Design

Cool…new tags

25 August 2011

Cool…new tags

I know, I know, I know….this will probably seem boring to you but I can’t help but get excited about my new suede tags that I had made for my furniture collection.   These will have pride of place on my soft furnishing and ottoman collection…I can’t wait.   











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Cool Places, Design, London

Cool…bike

25 August 2011

Cool…bike

To raise funds for the Elton John Foundation for Aids and W hotels, 6 designers were asked to interpret the blue ‘boris’ bike into a work of art.   The designer, Ron Arad, used sprung steel  in a tessellated design to reinvent the wheels of the bike.   He drew his inspiration from his other work, namely his welltempered chair of the 80s which also used sprung steel- an interesting  juxtaposition of comfort and coldness.

The bikes are up for auction in October and are on view at the West End W Hotel.   Check out their facebook page to see more bikes.

 











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Save the date… Aberdeen Fest

24 August 2011

Save the date…       Aberdeen Fest

Make sure that you save the date for the design stores centred around up and coming Aberdeen.  Start your visit at Attic Lifestyle and work your way through.  It will be a very pleasant day!  I will get some sneak peaks of what you will see on the day and post them soon!

 

Attic Lifestyle

Unit 4, 12/F, Sungib Industrial Building

53 Wong Chuk Hang Road

Aberdeen

M +852 6901 6715

info@attic-lifestyle.com
www.facebook.com/atticlifestyle











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Cool…car, Aston Martin Cygnet

23 August 2011

Cool…car, Aston     Martin Cygnet

I still love the Mini Cooper but I think this car is quite cute for a city car.   I love the blue paint detailing and the interior is pretty fine too.  And you can get some great Bill Amberg luggage to match.  Could be cute driving in this around HK.











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Michaelangelo and San Lorenzo

22 August 2011

Michaelangelo and San Lorenzo

One of the most important churches in Florence, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, was designed by renaissance architect Brunelleschi, though not completed until after his death.  It was later modified by Michelangelo and Nigetti and became the resting place of the Medici family.   Michelangelo’s design for the façade, consisting of blocks of white carrara marble, was commissioned by Pope Leo X but abandoned because of cost.

As you can see from the image, the Basilica does look unfinished, the roughly hewn stone of the façade contrasting with the finely designed dome beyond.   Now the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, is reviving the project by leaving it to a popular vote.   Michelangelo’s plans and drawings as well as two wooden models are known to exist, so it would be up to the modern architect and builders to interpret his work.

But how do you interpret the work of a genius?   It would be a very brave architect and construction crew to attempt this.   The project’s critics rightly point out that materials and building techniques have changed in the last 500 years – and not for the better.   For me, I would love to see a renowned contemporary architect reinterpret Michelangelo’s design, transforming it for the 21st century and beyond.  I think Michelangelo, who was all for experimenting with new techniques, would approve.











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