Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Sunday, August 2, 2015   

Take cover
Can't get enough of Mariko Jesse's Hong Kong-inspired toile pattern? Then you'll be pleased to know she also has an umbrella out in her signature pattern - just in time for the typhoon season.

Form and function
Designer Tom Dixon taps on British heritage for his new home accessories collection.

On the right track
When used correctly, track lighting highlights a room's best features. Track lighting helps homeowners spotlight pieces of art or pieces of furniture. With an electrical current flowing through the track, this product allows homeowners to change or reposition individual fixtures after installation.

Newly minted
The latest hue from Le Creuset - Cool Mint - is such a breath of fresh air. Apart from the signature cast-iron pots, the color is also available in stoneware.

Simple clean lines
Keeping a toilet clean can take hours of work. Now an intelligent toilet can cut the toil and reward home lovers. "People are getting more health-conscious nowadays," said Cynthia Yuen, manager of Kohler, an American bathroom brand.

All steamed up
A hot trend in healthy cooking these days is using steam ovens. Steam cooking means less fat and oil are used and the original juices and texture of the food are maintained.

Diamond in the rough
Dominic Falcione's gritty studio once warehoused industrial parts. His materials include metals and rough wood. His inspiration sometimes comes from the urban infrastructure. Yet from those come objects of function and beauty.

Fifth symphony
Quick, check your HKID card. Is there a five in your number? If so, you can get 50 percent off all Le Creuset products at its flagship store on Wyndham Street, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Let there be light!
Stepping into Alex Sheldon's 2,100- square-foot house, the first member of the family you meet is the dog, as it rushes to greet you in the concrete of the front yard.

This house rocks!
The first thing you notice are the rocks - thousands of them - forming intricate mosaics on walls, doors and even stair risers. "The house is highly textured," said artist/homeowner Lauri Svedberg, in an understatement if there ever was one. "Often I'd see a material, fall in love, and think, 'I've got to use it.'"

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