Category: Retail

Casa Capriz

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my regular whining about the lack of vintage furniture in Hong Kong….well no more I tell you! There has been a slow gradual change in this city since I arrived, for the better, and it seems that the options that are available to us have multiplied. We now have a bounty of wonders to choose from, thanks to the arrival of Casa Capriz. A large warehouse space in the eastern island area of Chai Wan, Casa Capriz is a lovely curated space full of vintage finds, mostly of Italian origin. And this is thanks to Italian owner Irene Capriz. A mix of art, vintage industrial lights, armchairs (including a few originals by Marco Zanusso), vintage trunks by Louis Vuitton etc. and architectural elements, Casa Capriz is a real treasure trove. I highly recommend a visit, you just never know what you’ll find!
And perhaps you can time your visit with the Chai Wan Mei events over this weekend, held in conjunction with the Art Basel event that everyone is talking about in Hong Kong right now. A mix of studios and shops will be open in the Chai Wan area on Friday and Saturday, so if you’ve ever wanted to know what was lurking in the old industrial buildings, then now is your opportunity to check them out.

Villa Meissen

I know I haven’t been around here much lately…and I don’t even have a note from my parents to explain my absence! Things are a bit busy…and that might be a bit of an understatement.  It’s certainly not a complaint as I know there are people around the world who’d kill to be in my position right now.  Things are good, business is going better than expected, and I am pretty happy about all that I have achieved this year.  It just means my poor little blog has been a bit neglected and unloved of late.  I don’t want to start posting average material just to avoid awkward silences though…I’ve always strived to make sure that this is a blog that I would want to read, look at, and be inspired by, and I hope that by sticking to my guns it means that it will still appeal to like minded people.  So if you are one of those people I’m sure you’ll forgive the sparsity of my posts, and with any luck you’ll enjoy this one.
Villa Meissen in Milan.  I’ve been seeing images pop up in the printed media over the last few months, and honestly, I think I could move right in.  I’m guessing that is the idea.  Many of us are familiar with the name Meissen, it is a town in Germany whose name has become synonymous with luxurious porcelain, due to the fact it was the site of the very first European production of the mysterious white clay outside of China.  The name has since become better known for the company that has perfected the production.  Over their long and illustrious history the company has diversified and started to offer a much more diverse product range, and it seems the Villa in Milan is the perfect showcase for these products.  The interior is definitely my kinda space.  I’m loving the soft serene colours, the mix of classic and contemporary elements and of course the Meissen porcelain products.  I feel the need for a trip to Milan very, very, soon.


Bollywood babes

One of the perks of writing this blog is meeting – online and sometimes in the real world – people the world over, and being able to see and share the work of other talented individuals. One of these people is a young interior designer from Mumbai, India – Chirag Dewan. Chirag graduated from design school only 3 years ago and has already finished a pretty impressive project in his home city. 
The images below are of a boutique for a Delhi-based designer, Varun Bahl. Varun collaborated with Karan Johar, a famous Bollywood film personality, on a line of Indian and Western menswear. The store, which is located in the heart of South Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda district, is around 1200 ft2 and is dedicated to Varun’s own label and the collaborative collection with Johar.
The space looks like an amazing backdrop to what I’m sure is an inspired collection. I just might need to make a pit-stop with my hubby when we finally visit Mumbai…