30 November 2012
Katie Quinn Davies is an Irish photographer and cook that is most well known for her blog…What Katie Ate. Her images are much better than her recipes, which are very simple (this could be a good or bad thing, depending on your cooking level). Well let’s just say while her recipes might lack in imagination, she makes up with her photography.
I am sure that you can see a certain style here…moody lighting, rough textures, a few rustic props and the scattering of crumbs make for an intriguing food image.
She has recently launched her book, What Katie Ate: recipes and bits and bobs. It has been printed in a number of countries so I am sure we can all manage to get our hands on one. Food porn at its best.
27 November 2012
Don’t forget Sandra D’Auriol’s Christmas show. Sandra makes the most beautiful jewellery in HK and I never miss a show. As you may remember, Sandra donates all her profits to charity so this is a great opportunity to buy a goody for yourself or your beloved and do some good works as well!
See you there in glamorous POHO.
Sin Sin Gallery
G/F 52 Sai Street
Cocktail reception 27th November from 6pm
25 November 2012
Dutch born, Joost (pronounced ‘Yoast’) Bakker is a fifth-generation farmer who is famous in Australia for his visionary approach to design: fusing the natural and the man-made, he creates a world that is sustainable and uses ‘the stuff that others throw out’.
Eclectic Cool celebrates someone who has taken this new approach to design and we are pleased to carry his range of ceramics: made of terracotta and covered with a white slip glaze, the simplicity of the products reminds us of nature and the fact that the best food comes straight from the ground.
Yesterday, a customer came looking for a unique housewarming gift and we were pleased to put together one of Joost’s deep dish bowls filled with bright lemons, wrapped with a unique HK twist: green postal wrapping paper obtainable from any stationery store that just happens to be close to EC’s signature colours and tied with our beautiful satin ribbon.
I was having such a busy day yesterday I forgot to pull out my camera… next time!
Come and take a look at the range in our Po Hing Fong store.
23 November 2012
Asia’s leading annual design event is back from the 3rd to 8th December, 2012. The Business of Design Week (BODW) conference will again stage exhibitions, seminars, forums and outreach programmes to explore the growing business of design, innovation and branding.
Organized by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) since 2002, the week long conference brings the best of the global design community to Hong Kong. This year’s forum will include a showcase of Danish design with numerous experts and executives from the Scandinavian country set to appear and speak. As special guests, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Frederik will attend the opening ceremony.
EC is definitely heading out there…As you know we are great fans of Danish design and I am looking forward to listening to some of the speakers.
Here are the highlights for me but I have to confess- it will be hard balancing this and the store….
Ron Arad and Richard Sapper from 10.45 to 12.10
StudioIlse 16.30 to 17.00
Architects Winy Maas from MDRV and Daniel Liebeskind from 11.30 to 13.05
Komplot from 16.30 and also John Hardy from 16.30 ( that’s a hard choice)…
Thomas Heatherwick from 11.50 to 12.20
Hopefully, I will see you there.
19 November 2012
Okay, this has been the longest hiatus ever that I have taken from Eclectic Cool. I haven’t had time to update the header, let alone do a blog post…but I am hoping that things will be less frenetic than they have been in the last couple of weeks. We have been overwhelmed with visitors to our Po Hing Fong store.
Not 5 mins goes by on the weekend without someone popping their head in to say hi. I have to say it is a big change from being in an industrial warehouse on the 21st floor. I am totally loving the neighbourhood and will share some of the sights and sounds & smells of the ‘hood later this week.
One of the best things about it is the food. Not only am I close to the gourmet paradise of the Sheung Wan Cooked Food Market, but I am surrounded by Po’s Atelier on the left, the Corner Kitchen on the right, Cafe Loisl up the hill & Heirloom down the hill. Yum, yum, yum. I have been pulling a few latenighters, but at least I haven’t been going hungry.
Apart from the store, Sally Kubo Starr of Sallbo Atelier & I have developed a small range of print goods to be launched at the Conrad Fair on the 27th. Encompassing art prints, some small totes, stationery,ribbons and other wares: this range is a pre-cursor for more to come. Our brand is called KUJO, btw.
So if you haven’t made it down to PHF yet, do or come and see us at the Conrad fair next week.
12 November 2012
Little Thunder is a HK based artist and illustrator whose main work consists of comic art. She started exhibiting her art at age 11 and has been in demand, especially in her native HK and France for her illustrative work. A look through her flickr photostream shows an artist who begins being heavily influenced by Japanese manga but has developed a more subtle and delicate style.
Her new show at the Rat’s Cave in Tai Ping Shan Street ( a stone’s throw from Eclectic Cool’s new shop in Sheung Wan) concentrates on her dream life and its honesty. Through her drawings, she reveals her life and view in the total honesty of dreams. It is here that her feelings are laid bare for all to see.
The show starts 24th November, 2012 and continues until the 19th December.
Address : G/F, 18A-B Tai Ping Shan Street, 852 Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
10 November 2012
One of the great challenges for interior design in HK is the white box phenomenon. I do enjoy a clean white space but sometimes I feel envious of 19th century apartments in a European city or even the uneven shape of a quirky terrace in London or Sydney.
A great way to get the look of a 19th century palace or a wall of books is to use wallpaper. Eclectic Cool will be stocking wallpapers by Mineheart. A few of their designs are pictured here and you can see the full range in the online store in the next couple of days. We have some samples also in the Po Hing Fong store.
We are wallpapering a wall panel l in the Po Hing Fong store with some white panelling next week and it is sure to look great- so come check it out!
A roll of wallpaper will be HKD950 including shipping and ordering times are about 2 weeks. Each drop measures around 250 cm. We can help you work out what you need…
By the way- no one came to help me to unpack boxes this Saturday – where were you guys? However, you did come to buy, so that made it all right, even though the store was filled with the dulcet tones of workmen drilling away….
8 November 2012
Have you visited the cool jewel store, the 9th muse in Lyndhurst Terrace? They have an varied selection of fashion jewels and accessories for sale and you will love their prices!
The founders ,Charlotte and Jing, have been friends since university days and dreamed of one day starting their own accessories business. Their store is the culmination of this dream and the research and work they have put into it shows!
So many of their pieces are unique and original- just the thing to brighten up a dress for Christmas or just to perk you up today. They cater to lots of different styles too, you will be sure to find something whether you are boho chic or sleek and sophisticated.
They very kindly interviewed me for their blog (you can read it here) & making me sound much more interesting than I am. Thanks girls!
6 November 2012
We’ve been a bit quiet here, beavering away on our new store in Po Hing Fong.
We are opening our doors on Saturday, but the joinery and fittings won’t be in for around 3 weeks- so excuse our pop-up store appearance. However, we have lights, lovely clean walls and floor- what else do you need? If you are around Po Hing Fong this Saturday, come and say hi. You can give me a hand unpacking boxes.
While you are there, check out Po’s Atelier, a new artisan bakery a few doors away. With delicious crusty bread and lovely pastries, I am going to find it hard to stay away. And, best of all, a new chef called David will be starting lunch in around 2 weeks. I asked him what the menu was like and he said ‘modern- like Donna Hay but more masculine’. Hmm, where we’re from that’s called ‘Modern Australian’, US expat David!!! Oh well, who cares what it is called, I am looking forward to some great food! (a far cry from those Marks & Spencer’s frozen meals I’ve been eating in that food desert we call Ap Lei Chau).
Anyway, looking forward to you wandering in soon…
G/F 58 Po Hing Fong
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6
Finally, I forgot to mention, Sydney expat Samantha Wagner, has just opened her first HK store, SAMBAG, right round the corner from us in Po Yan Street. She is most famous for her ballet flats but I love her cashmere hoodies- just the thing for that cool (by cool I mean cold, not hip) plane ride.
6 Po Yan Street
Open everyday 11-7pm