These stunning tables by Caste Designs look to me like something the über talented Tim Burton would come up with if he started designing furniture. I love them!
While I was in Lane Crawford on Friday on my tea mission I came across this no so little beauty, by a South African design partnership Greg and Roché Dry who make up Egg Designs. The “Rosette Armoire” as you can see in the below images, is completely covered in copper plated metal roses. The couple say on their website that they came across the roses in a metal workshop in Mauritius while on holiday and then developed the idea further when they returned home.
I’m a bit of a nut for metal anything, so its no surprise that I think this is beautiful!
I was on a mission yesterday to buy some more of my favorite tea, which is now thankfully stocked here in Hong Kong by Lane Crawford. Kusmi, short for Kousmichoff, is a 140 year old Russian Tea house that is now based in Paris. I first discovered Kusmi teas in the then recently opened Dean & Deluca store near Tokyo station when I lived there almost 8 years ago. It was like paradise for an expat in a city where “import stores” could be almost an hour away! Ever since then I’ve been hooked. My husband and I spent hours in the Paris store when we were last in Europe smelling almost every blend and walked out of there with a small fortune that might have once made the East India Company threatened. Well maybe not quite.
Anyway, flash forward to not too long ago and I was having to ship the tea via the US because nobody stocked it in Asia…until now. Thanks Lane Crawford! Our favorite blend of the lot, and trust me when I say we’ve tried almost all of them, is the Russian Morning No.24 – its the perfect morning tea. Not too strong, smooth, but with a great kick to it. Think I might go make myself a cup now!
The Bel Air Sofa
Palm Beach Chair
Toy stools – these were available in almost any colour, really fun and versatile
So folks, if you are in Hong Kong, the next time you are in Ap Lei Chau (yes, I know, a pain to get there) head into the HC28 showroom if you like what you see!
I’ve seen these outdoor chairs by Peter Ghyczy in vintage auction catalogues a few times, but only recently found out they are still in production – and available to buy online. Very space age…(and very Mork from Ork)…but kinda cool nonetheless. Just as much sculpture as furniture, I wouldn’t mind a few myself…my only gripe is the limited range of colours! Now if only I had the outdoor space…
It’s been a while since a furniture collection has “wowed” me, but the range by London based Somerville Scott & Co. did just that. As far as I’m concerned these designs tick all the right boxes for me – they’re elegant, well made, beautifully detailed and made from quality materials.
The Minx sofa – so classic! The contrast coloured buttons are super cute, but I have to say I love the brass strip detail along the bottom!
The Felidae I chair is another classic, and again very versatile. Love the detailing at the top of the legs there, just enough to make it stand out from the crowd.
I’m still on the home office train of thought…although now I’m thinking I should put myself and my laptop at a snazzy secretaire in our living room, and leave my husband to wallow in the mess he calls his study at the other end of our apartment.
Love this new one from Armani Casa – looks like its covered in Parchment. The lines are stunning – a little Karl Springer inspired perhaps?
“Happiness” wing back chair
“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!
I’m off tomorrow morning for Melbourne for about 10 days… a short break to see the family…its been over a year and I can’t wait!
As I won’t be posting while I’m away I thought I’d leave you with some pics of my latest French design crush – Aymeric Lefort – how amazing are those cabinets….think I might be in love. From what I’ve read, Mr Lefort is influenced by the work of Royere, but I also see a bit of Parzinger in there too…what do you think?
Stay tuned folks, because when I get back I’ll be posting about the HK Art Fair (for which I have VIP tickets, woo hoo!) and other exclusive events in Hong Kong. Speaking of Hong Kong, if you are here and out and about in the city, today is the last day of the Dylan’s Candy Bar pop-up store in the On Pedder Store on Icehouse Street. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it, but I’m sure my butt will thank me for it in the long run…
As promised here are the pics of Romeo Sozzi’s Milan apartment. I’ve been meaning to post and share these with you for ages now, but I’m starting to realise why people are more often stating time as their greatest luxury. Nevertheless, here they are. I’m quite in love with the colour he’s used on the majority of these walls – opposed to his Paris apartment, these are quite neutral but there is a real light and ethereal feeling about these spaces, but still warm. His use of materials is exquisite – silks, velvet, crocodile leather, ebony etc. As per his Paris apartment most the furniture is from his company Promemoria. Hope you enjoy!
All photography by Jo Pauwels, from the book “A&D Series: Urban Spaces” published in Hong Kong by Page One.
Romeo Sozzi – the head designer of one of my favorite furniture collections Promemoria – is one incredibly stylish man. I first came across the furniture line while perusing a favorite shopping spot in Singapore, MOIE a few years ago. All of their designs are incredibly elegant, refined and remind me just a little of the designs of another famous Italian, Gio Ponti. Only the best materials are used, as you would imagine of an Italian company. Here are just a few of my favorite designs…
Gong Bronze Tables – love this!
Galadriel Desk – and this!
Apartment photos from AD Italia, January 2009 by Giorgio Baroni. Furniture images from the Promemoria website.