Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Thursday, November 27, 2014   

Free seating
Some say the dining room is dead - we say it has been reincarnated. The key detail that makes today's dining rooms up- to-date? A chic mix of chairs.

Let's talk turkey
Come thanksgiving and the turkey takes centerstage - not just on the table but celebrated in a variety of decorative interpretations, from plates to salt and pepper shakers, tablecloths, cocktail napkins and even pillows.

Round-the-clock charm
Cath kidston gained fame for her quintessentially British fashion and home accessories that combine nostalgia with fun.

History revisions
Hong Kong's historic walk-ups (or tong lau) are slowly disappearing in the name of progress so it is always lovely to see one being sensitively restored - such as the Tung Fat Building on Kennedy Town's waterfront.

Calling at No 34
The number 34 has a special significance for diptyque - 34 Boulevard Saint Germain was the starting point of the luxury candle and home fragrance brand in Paris in 1961.

When two become one
On a street of modest houses, why would someone go to the trouble and expense of combining two into one 6,000-square- foot home? Well, because he could.

Pieces of silver
Georg Jensen is synonymous with fine silver but its Danish founder trained, not as a silversmith, but as an artist and sculptor.

Waste not, want not
Local company tree has made a name for being eco-friendly by selling furniture made out of recycled wood. But even the manufacturing offcuts are not going to waste.

Have a blast with glass
In its day, it was the head of the glass. Structural pigmented glass, known as Vitrolite and by other trade names, was an architectural darling of the 1920s and '30s. Storefronts and home interiors were tiled with it, giving them the sexy, shiny, streamlined look so popular in Art Deco and Art Moderne styles.

Relax and recharge
After a long tiring day, there's nothing like a hot bath - preferably in a luxurious tub with a great design. One of the names that springs to mind is Duravit.

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