Blog, fashion

Cool..the gentlewoman

25 April 2014

Cool..the gentlewoman

This is the thinking woman’s magazine. The Gentlewoman was launched in 2010 as a biannual sister publication to Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom’s Fantastic Man. We only get a few editions in the store and every edition sells out fast. If you are a woman & you think- you should read it.











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Design

Happy Easter

21 April 2014

Happy Easter

I know, I know…a bit late but I have had a lovely few days by the seaside in south coast Australia. Idyllic by anyone’s standards but with little internet! I am trying to be a bit more regular in my posts, because no one misses them more than me! However, life is getting in my way.

Anyways, I wanted to share with you this wonderful Fabergé egg, lost for around 100 years which miraculously popped up via New York in the mid west.











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Art, Blog, Collecting

Cool…chinese ming cup collecting

9 April 2014

Cool…chinese ming cup collecting

Living in HK has given me an appreciation of Chinese ceramics.  I have been fortunate to have done some courses at Christies, giving me a glimpse into this exciting world of design.   Unfortunately, it is incredibly hard to begin a collection, as the prices are steep and because there are many fakes on the market.  However, you can always visit the seasonal sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and look and handle many pieces.   You can find out about their many courses here.  There are many different courses and, being a Christie’s girl myself, I have to say that they are worth attending.

Today, this tiny porcelain cup, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, has fetched $36m (£21.5m) at an auction in Hong Kong, setting a new record.











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Blog, Design, Interior Design advice

Cool…ideas for art for walls

7 April 2014

Cool…ideas for art for walls

There’s nothing I like better than a piece of art to add that certain something to an interior.  However, not all of us have the budget to buy knockout pieces of art for every wall in our houses.  Even if you do have the budget, think of it as a creative outlet or a way of showing off all those cool collections that you have…

Here are some ideas for art pieces on the wall….











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Blog, Design

Chairs to pair with a Tulip table

3 April 2014

Chairs to pair with a Tulip table

One of our favourite tables we love to use in HK is the Knoll Saarinen table.  You may be tempted to buy a copy of this one, but the real thing is so superior and ALWAYS looks great! We generally ship ours in from Europe as it is a bit cheaper than sourcing locally here.  It comes in a few types of marble and you can choose a black or white base.

Have a look through these ideas on the left…the best thing is that whatever you choose, a Saarinen table looks good with almost any chair…

 

 











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Design

Cool…solar powered parasol

2 April 2014

Cool…solar powered parasol

A sneak peek from 2014 salone del mobile , netherlands-based studio toer has designed ‘the cumulus parasol’, a solar powered shade which self-inflates when the sun starts shining. Energy generating modules fixed to the top of the stand-alone shade activate a fan with the presence of natural light, inflating the body of the fabric umbrella. It expands to its full size in in about 20 seconds; the curved shape is aerodynamic, allowing it to withstand windy weather, a silicone coating keeps it resistant to water, and its nylon skin makes it durable, lightweight, and strong.vThe whimsical shape refers to a cumulus cloud, billowing overhead and protecting those beneath it from harsh rays under its two meter diameter expanse. in dim skies, the parasol will either deflate automatically, or can be switched off manually using a mechanism integrated in the pole.











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