Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Sé London - a recent discovery of mine, and an instant fave - is celebrating it's 1st anniversary by launching a few new pieces (some of which were designed by Damien Langlois-Meurinne - see previous post on French moderne) and a new online catalogue.

And its precisely because, in their own words, Sé are about the traditional meeting the contemporary, the glamorous meeting the durable, the startling meeting the reliable, that this is my kind of modernism. Here are just a few of my faves...

"Happiness" wing back chair

"Forever" armchair

"Past in present" chair

"I only have eyes for you" sculptural table

"Ooh la la" console

"Temptation" dining table

and last but definitely not least, the "Undress me now" mirror - don't you just love their names!

Friday, 22 May 2009

Vivre chic

A little birdy told me that online emporium Vivre is having a memorial day sale...no matter that we don't celebrate memorial day on this side of the globe, who needs an excuse to shop?

My picks would be:

Stone rings by Malandrino

This leather jacket and cashmere/silk wrap by Chadwick Bell

a beautiful tiger's eye necklace by Bounkit

AND, these super cute clutches by Hong Kong based Kotur. Probably not together, but all still gorgeous nonetheless.

Sale ends Monday at midnight EST. Happy shopping (and long weekend to my American friends)!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Aussie aussi

While I was back in Melbourne I enjoyed catching up on few of the decor magazines that I don't buy regularly here in Hong Kong, namely House & Garden. One spread in particular that caught my eye was the home of the Melbourne-based French interior designer, Jean-Pierre Heurteau. If you remember, he is the designer behind those glossy black floors in a previous post. He is such a character in real life, so it was so great to see a home of a designer that I've actually met. His home is so full of life, colour, and well - flamboyance, that is enough to make any minimalist sick. But I love that he has been true to his personality, and has somehow managed to blend Australian and French cultures together - not an easy task!

As you can see he's used an all white palette for the background and layered it with pieces of different eras and cultures - and so many colours. Who knew that Aboriginal art would look so fabulous with French antiques?

With all those reflective surfaces and silk damasks it would feel like you were living inside a jewellery box!

I love the contrast between the stark white walls and the super dark (black?) carpet, and all that gold gilding. So lush. Yum. It's almost enough to make me want to move back to Australia...

All photos by Shania Shegedyn for Australian House & Garden magazine, May 2009.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Hong Kong Happenings

So I've been back a few days, and it seems like my trip to Melbourne was already a million years ago. It never ceases to amaze me how busy Hong Kong always is. And now that the weather is warming up the city is abuzz with events...

Thursday night saw the launch of David Ng's new furniture collection launch at Wittgenstein Design - a gorgeous showroom in SOHO that also showcases the work of Christian Liaigre. The new collection of hand crafted contemporary Chinese designs will be in store until June 13th, so you still have time to check it out if you are in HK.

Friday night was the VIP, invitation only, launch of the 2 week event "Boutique Boulevarde: So Central, So Chic". Lots of fun and frivolity in the city with music, wine and gourmet hors d'oeuvres - I think it was the retailers way of plying us with alcohol to get the credit cards out - but in HK you never really need a excuse to shop! Check out the website for further details of some of the other events that are open to everyone, including fashion and lifestyle workshops and poetry readings.

And Saturday I went along with my VIP pass to the Hong Kong Art Fair - and was definitely not disappointed! The fair closed yesterday, so if you missed out this year, make sure you pencil it into your calender for next year - it is definitely a must see for Hong Kongers. The range of international art, and the quality is unsurpassed in this city so far.

A crowd of people around the limited edition Damien Hirst works on paper - these were quite well priced, and I wouldn't be surprised if they all sold within the first day.
People gathered in front of one of the LED pieces by Julian Opie.

One of a few pieces on display by the Lalanne's - it was a real treat for me to see this up close.

Phew, busy week for me. I'll hopefully be back to posting normally next week!