Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   

Taste of Hong Kong
It's not easy to find good Hong Kong souvenirs that are not kitschy - but local homeware brand Faux appears to have struck the right balance of nostalgia and taste with its Hong Kong-themed ceramic tea and dining set by Mariko Jesse.

Don't throw in the towel
They're versatile, inexpensive - and often handmade, by local artisans to boot. The tea towel is more than a dish rag or an eco-friendly substitute for disposable napkins. It's a bit of graphic art, available in a plethora of patterns and illustrations.

Naturally welcoming
Every house needs a connection to the outside, says David Lewis, a builder of luxury homes. He follows this important motto in his professional career - and he and wife Toni live it in their day-to-day life.

Table that notion
I've been to fancy parties and a black- tie soiree or two over the years. But it's fair to say that I've seen more pretty lunch and dinner tables this spring than in my entire life up to then.

Setting the stage
Maria Sapuppo needed to sell her comfy bi-level with five bedrooms and three bathrooms last year, but her real estate agent warned it looked a little too "lived- in" as it was and suggested staging it. Sapuppo, a mother of two, agreed since she said she had a hard time looking at her house as a stranger would view it. She couldn't envision it any other way.

New crystal palace
Designer homeware retailer Town House has reopened its flagship store at Landmark Prince's.

Small wonder
Equipping a tiny Hong Kong kitchen always requires some compromise. An oven or a dishwasher? A fridge or a dryer? A blender or an ice-cream maker? Which do you need more? More often than not, that coffee maker gets sacrificed.

Shed new light
You've probably heard of Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained-glass lamps. You may even be familiar with his famous lamp styles, such as the Wisteria and the Dragonfly. But you may not know those lamps were designed not by Tiffany, but by a woman who came from Tallmadge, Ohio.

Wooden it be good?
Wood is wonderfully sensual to the touch and makes a great statement piece in the home. As befits its name, eco-chic home store Tree has laid out some new wood decorative pieces for the summer.

Yeah, Shanghai!
Shanghai Tang marks its 20th anniversary in typical fashion - by celebrating its Chinese roots through contemporary eyes in a series of collaborations with visionary creative talents from the world of art and fashion.

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