Sunday, 30 June 2013

Tabourets de verre

Today I'm totally in love with these hand blown glass (with cork bottom) wave stools by Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova. I love how they look almost metallic. They'd make cute side tables too I think.

Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova's collection is distributed worldwide by Haymann Editions.

Monday, 24 June 2013

WANG The Rare Collection

Who would have thought that marble and meat had so much in common? Well according to local interior designer Joyce Wang, "Marble is the flesh of the earth". Inspired by the remarkable similarity of marble and meat, Wang presents thirty three cuts, taken from two blocks of Turkish marble like slices and dices of raw red meat.

Each unique piece has been designed to showcase this marbled flesh in a way that highlights the material’s natural physical qualities, slicing through layers of vein patterns, fatty content and pinky, blood red hues. Every cut was then carefully hand-crafted and moulded by artisanal masonry workers in South West China, into individual gems. Much like a precious stone, each item has been set within Corten steel ‘claws’, celebrating the marbles value and rarity. At the base of each pedestal a mirrored rose-gold base reflects the elegant, minimal geometry of the designs allowing the viewer to appreciate the form from every angle.

I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural presentation of this limited edition table collection during the week of Art Basel Hong Kong 2013. What I loved about the pieces was the contrast and tension created by the solidity of each block, and the delicate base it is set in.

The collection will remain in Wang's studio until the middle of this month (about now!, so if you're interested and in HK I'd get on it quickly), after which time it will be placed in and sold through galleries in the USA.  Contact WANG studio for further details.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Melbourne town

I had a great trip back home. Melbourne is a fantastic city, visually beautiful (except some of the fugly looking new developments) and lots going on. In lieu of a more lengthy post (I have so much work to catch up on,  you know how it goes)...I will leave you with a few recommendations for places I visited on this last trip. Mostly food this time or funds for shopping unfortunately.

Firstly, Melbourne is known for its foodies and coffee afficionados. If you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain, like I am, you will already know this, as he has referred to the fact that all Melbournians are food critics (or at least we think we are!) so the quality is good and competition fierce.

I had time in the CBD on my own for an afternoon and asked a friend to recommend a great coffee place and these were his recommendations - Patricia and Little Wish. I only made it to Patricia...and was not disappointed. In a city where Starbucks is failing miserably, good coffee is fairly abundant. There are obviously a few that stand out from the crowd and I dare say this is one of them.  With an almost hidden entrance at the back, and probably always packed with uber cool young things, Patricia certainly serves up a mighty fine coffee. And the interior isn't too bad either ;)

I had breakfast at The St Kilda Dispensary one morning with friends and loved it. I am a bit of a sucker for nice decor and have been known to sacrifice quality of food and service for a nice interior...but you needn't do that with this place. Set in an historical building (actually the first medical dispendary in the British empire, hence the name) with a fun but not too kitsch interior, and a menu to die for. Great coffee and a selection of interesting and not-so-usual breakfast items. I would definitely go back.

Finally, I enjoyed a wonderful meal with a large group of friends at Otsumami, a Japanese resto on the ever changing and newly hip High Street in Northcote. It must have been managed to get a bunch of strict south-of-the-river Melbournites north of the river for the night! I loved their slightly fusion version of Japanese, and the fact that they managed to please a vegetarian and a pescatarian.  Pretty well priced too.

That's it for now. Thanks to all the lovely people who made the trip a memorable one. You know who you are...

Monday, 17 June 2013


I'm back in Hong Kong after a fab trip back to Melbourne, and have lots to update you on. In the meantime I wanted to share an article with you that was published in a local magazine, Square Foot, while I was away. Click on the images, or this link for the full article.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Manks sale!

Folks, I'm not in town, but if you are in Hong Kong over the weekend, make sure you check out the huge warehouse clearance sale Manks is having!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Wrightson Stewart

So I'm actually back in Melbourne at the moment...I snuck away without telling you!  I attended the designEX show on Friday for the first time in a long time...but I'll let you know all about that in a separate post, probably when I'm back in HK.  In the meantime I wanted to share with you a fab warehouse conversion in Teneriffe, Queensland by the design firm Wrightson Stewart.  Love it...especially the timber detailing in the bedroom and the kitchen.

If you like these pics, go check out their website for more...I love the look of their office space too!