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Cool…mad combos

30 October 2012

Cool…mad combos

I love the fearlessness of some interiors.    These images are taken from the Laird townhouse designed by American designer, Jeffrey Bilhuber.   I love the bold combinations of prints and colours.    You wouldn’t think a chartreuse animal print covering a buttoned stool with a buff striped carpet and black shelves would work, with an art piece that is a photograph of lightbulbs- but it does.

I love how it all looks slightly mad but put together to show off the lives of the people that live there.   And boy do they lead interesting lives.

The images here are taken from Architectural Digest, taken by the excellent William Waldron.   I just read from one of my favourite blogs, Heather Clawson’s Habitually Chic, that Condé Nast have asked her to stop using photos from their sites, which are widely available on the net (Pinterest anyone?) .   I really don’t understand this.  Seeing photos like this make me pull out my copies of AD and Vogue Living and keep me buying more.   In protest, she will no longer be promoting their features on her blog.   It’s their loss.   There are plenty of shelter mags online that are producing interesting images…











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Cool….Zaha Hadid for Naomi Campbell

28 October 2012

Cool….Zaha Hadid for Naomi Campbell

What do you think of the house that Russian billionaire, Vladislav Doronin, commissioned from Zaha Hadid for his girlfriend, Naomi Campbell?

Rather austere perhaps, and tons of glass which could be a tad chilly in a cold Russian winter. It kind of looks like a store.   I guess, knowing  Naomi’s penchant for fur (don’t tell PETA) , there may be a few chinchillas earmarked for use in the decor.  But I am sure the  wardrobe storage is huge as befits a supermodel











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Cool…K11 Design Mart

26 October 2012

Cool…K11 Design Mart

A few weeks ago, I visited the K11 Design Mart, held at the K11 Art Mall in TST.   If you have never been there, it is well worth a visit because it is full of great stores (this is HK!) and of course the yearly Design event, K11 Design Mart.

This Design Mart invites some of HK’s best young designers to show and sell their wares to a mainly HK local clientele.

Here are my picks of the bunch.

Adilee Leather:  This young man is a graphic designer by day, but his passion is leather.   He has some great gear made in high quality leather at very reasonable prices.   He also takes on bespoke commissions too.   I loved his great suede tote that you see pictured here.

Skate Amazing: Love these great chairs made of recycled skateboards and with the leather giving that extra luxe twist by AdiLee.  I will do a more detailed post on this great local brand later.

BeCandle:  These detailed wax candles are hand poured and finished.   The models are made from real objects and are great talking points & you can light them too.  When lit they create lovely surrealist puddles of wax.

322c: named after the designer’s son’s birthday, 322c is a design company that prides itself on its simple but beautiful and well made lighting and home products.    The Soho lamp is particularly stylish, made with a translucent porcelain shade, detailed oak support and a lovely polished concrete base (we love concrete @ eclecticcool). This company also deserves a post to themselves.

 

 











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cool…get your own Tracey Emin inspired neon

26 October 2012

cool…get your own Tracey Emin inspired neon

We can’t all afford neon by British artist Tracey Emin, like you see here in Tommy Hilfiger’s house.   However, you can get your own sentiments immortalized in neon for Christmas…orders are closing soon!  Just write your words down, even  in your own handwriting, and let us know the dimensions and we will send you a quote for neon mounted in an acrylic box…none of this messy wiring! Prices from HKD 4000.

Or you can choose from our ready made range.

Ps check out The Coveteur’s new site with links shopping- love it!!











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We’re taking a short break…

23 October 2012

We’re taking a short break…

We are preparing for the opening of our new store in Po Hing Fong so we will be closed for renovation.  All online orders will be processed from 28th October.   Stay tuned for an opening date and news of exciting new collaborations….











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Cool…Paul Smith for Leica

21 October 2012

Cool…Paul Smith for Leica

I had a chance this week to see the new Leica X2 customized by designer, Paul Smith.  This is not a camera for the under-the-radar street photographer.   Everything about it screams attention! From the orange and yellow green stripes to the little whimsical touches ( a handrawn bulb on the pop-up flash), it is more Tim Walker than Robert Capa.

That’s not to say I didn’t like it.  Nicely balanced, all X2s feel great in your hand and that 24mm f/2.8 lens would be great for candid photojournalism type shots.    Those leather accessories are pretty nice too and could possibly tone down those rather vibrant stripes.

Only 1500 have been made and I am sure will sell out, once it hits HK at the Paul Smith boutique in November.   Not sure what the price is here but if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

 











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Cool… ANYTHING STATIONERY BY MICHAEL SODEAU

20 October 2012

Cool… ANYTHING STATIONERY BY MICHAEL SODEAU

How messy are you when you work?

I have to confess my desk always looks like it has just been through a tornado.  Books, camera,computer(or 2), an assortment of cords, pens, tablets, notebooks, tape measures and the ubiquitous cup of coffee (or 2) litter the surface.   However, I have made a vow to live more neatly, inspired by the new range of desk accessories arriving soon instore by Japanese brand, ANYTHING-DESIGN.   Designed by Michael Sodeau, a British designer who has worked for  Modus, SCP, Gervasoni, Wedgwood and other international brands on everything from sofas and lighting to restaurants and textiles, these pared back designs look good everywhere.

Everything in the range is designed for utility,functionality and beauty.   From the easily recognisable  red, yellow and black hands of the clock, to the scissors in a stand and the beautifully tall tape dispenser, your loved one will be able to staple, cut and tape to their hearts content- & make meetings in time!

The range will be online soon.











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Cool…mercado de san miguel

19 October 2012

Cool…mercado de san miguel

I have been thinking how delicious Spanish food could be, which reminded me of my  recent visit to Madrid’s world famous food market, Mercado de San Miguel.   Filled to the brim with Spanish delicacies as well as a sprinkling of ethnic food, walking through the market is a delight to the senses.

The building itself is also worth a visit.  Recently refurbished, the cast iron and metal structure is laid out in a series of stalls where you can sup on tapas as well as enjoy ice creams and have a drink.

Well, what did we love?  My favourite were the little cones of chorizo sausages, accompanied by freshly cooked potato crisps and little bowls of cold gazpacho soup and finished off with a cup of chocolate with churros.   What do you drink?   Sangria, of course.

Mercado de San Miguel

Plaza san Miguel

Sun – Wed 10:00 – 22:00, Thu – Sat 10:00 – 02:00











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cool…inventing the modern world

14 October 2012

cool…inventing the modern world

One of my favourite TV shows of all time is the BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.   Set in the north of England in the Industrial Revolution , one of the best scenes is the the meeting of the main characters at the Great Exhibition of 1851.   Held at the Crystal Palace, a temporary structure set up in London’s Hyde Park, it was built to showcase new technology and processes and included exhibits from all over the British Empire.

The success of this exhibition led to many similar events being held in the latter part of the 19th century.  One of the main ideas was to give viewers a look into how industry and art combine to produce not only technologically advanced  designs but beautiful ones.   A new exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh , entitled Inventing the Modern World, opening on October 12, explores this relationship from the Great Exhibition in 1831 to New York’s World Fair in 1939.   With around 200 examples of the most extraordinary works of furniture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry produced by leading international artists and firms, including Lalique,  Sèvres, and Tiffany some of these items have never been displayed in the US.

I would go just to see Oswald Haerdtl’s 1925 wine decanter for Lobmeyr, a feat of engineering, technology and precision, this delicate glass decanter is finely blown and elegant with a fabulous stopper!

The exhibition continues in Pittsburgh through Feb. 24, 2013, and then moves to the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939
October 13, 2012–February 24, 2013
Heinz Galleries

 

 











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