Editor's choice - Kitchens + bathrooms
Italian kitchen-maker Valcucine has taken design to a new level. The company, which opened its flagship shop in Hong Kong in March, prides itself in its craftsmanship, hi-tech functionality and eco-concepts. The brand's 6,000 sq ft showroom in Happy Valley showcases a range of state-of-the-art concepts, pushing the boundaries of design with revolutionary materials such as aluminium alloys, tempered glasses, carbon fibre and stainless steel. For details, visit www.valcucine.com
Home chefs rejoice: domestic appliance maker Miele has created the ultimate range of kitchen cooking centres tailored to the Hong Kong market. The CombiSet - ProfiLine range of grills, hobs and woks has been designed to meet the exacting demands of modern fine cuisine with a wide range of options to personalise kitchens to individual preferences. The Salamander Grill is ideal for gratins, glazing or just keeping dishes warm. Now get cooking. For more information, go to www.miele.hk
The Memory collection by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola soaks up more than its fair share of elegance. While the past is the inspiration for the Victorian-looking free-standing bathtubs and sink units, the designer has given them a fresh look by using modern materials such as the composite Cristalplant. Since opening her own design studio in 2001, Urquiola's output has been prolific and she's lucky enough to have some of the best design houses on speed dial: De Padova, B&B Italia, Alessi, Driade, Kartell, Flos and Moroso, to name a few. A name to watch.
Inspired by fashion designer Coco Chanel, the Coco bathroom collection by Italian designer Paola Navone raises the sophistication bar. Designed with femininity in mind, it features polished and lacquered textures in black and white. The vanity (above) is made with white oak and the sink is ceramic. Falper also has a line of beautifully designed products that includes basins, bathtubs, mirrors, lighting and taps. Visit www.falper.it for more.