Up to the minute style comes at a steep price

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 June, 2010, 12:00am

It's not often that you can have the latest thing in home design demonstrated to you by a top model such as Mandy Lieu, which perhaps explains why there were so many smiles at the Tuesday opening of the new Object+ store at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Singer-actress Gigi Leung Wing-kei (below) was another centre of attention, particularly after she admitted to dating a local guy last week, but said she wouldn't rush into a new relationship.

She said she was invited to the Object+ store opening because she is a Polytechnic University design graduate. 'Even though I don't cook a lot, I love buying kitchenware,' she said.

Explaining the reason for opening Object+, designer Choi Ka-fai said the demands of the city's residents were not met by the home design market.

'At the moment we have plenty of Japanese goods or we can go to Ikea. But Japanese products are typically famed for their simplicity of design. In Hong Kong we want broad functionality, too.'

That's what you'll get at the Object+ counter, but don't expect it to come cheap. The goods cost significantly more than items in the Japanese home centres around the city.