Step back in time to an age of style

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am


From unique antique-style furnishings and curios to pieces destined to become family heirlooms, Horizon Plaza offers a myriad of styles and designs as part of its one-stop shopping experience.

If you are moving house, decorating an existing home, are new to Hong Kong, or even guiding tourists seeking something unique when visiting the city, Horizon Plaza can stake claim to being the place to be. As a centre for stores that cater to those with a tasteful approach to home design, this ensures each piece has something special to say and will add a new dimension to any room.

Many of the stores will also custom make items to suit your needs and space requirements, so a personal approach is another reason why shoppers keep coming back and spending many hours exploring the immense variety on show.

Housed over 28 large floors overlooking the picturesque South China Sea towards Lamma Island, Horizon Plaza's numerous antiques and antique-style options are often showcased in interior designed rooms that allow shoppers to see firsthand how items could look in their own home, making it an inspiring shopping experience that is rare in Hong Kong's antique furnishings arena.

Whether browsing or purchasing, it is an entertaining environment in which to savour the finer details of the art of furniture and accessory making. And, with 14 designated antique stores to choose from, there is sure to be something for all tastes and styles - from ancient Chinese figurines to recycled timber creations, antiquated posters and wall hangings, artistic dining tables and statement decorative pieces, often with an Asian heritage, but also inspired by designs from other regions.

At Rimba Rhyme Home Collection on the fifth floor, for example, all furniture is made from aged wood (recycled wood) and government-approved and regulated plantation wood, dried in kilns to prevent cracking during changes in humidity.

'All our furniture can be tailor-made according to your own design, measurements and colour to reflect your unique personal style,' the company says. Unusual and creative home accessories and Indonesian-style handicrafts, such as wind chimes, decorative bowls or aged religious figurines, and houseware collectables, are also stand-out features.

Shambala Warehouse on the second floor -which says it prides itself on stocking 'really cool things that nobody else has'- can take days to explore, thanks to its exciting offerings constantly updated in a seemingly never ending, cave-like warehouse dripping with the artistic, from elegant sofas and lamps to framed wartime posters, antiquated mirrors and timber-based, and Moroccan-themed bedroom settings.

Shambala shoppers can also relax in its Cafe Piatti, enjoy a quick bite of a sandwich or sip a coffee while surrounded by furnishings, decorative beads and scarves, and a backdrop of antique-style one-off tables and chairs.

For the finer craft of chinoiserie, The Birdcage, on the 16th floor, sells and repairs antique Chinese furniture and is hailed as having a small but covetable collection for those with a discerning eye. Collectables, portable antiques and curios are sourced by the owners on the mainland, so you know you are sure to make a discovery that will become a talking point in your home.

For an impressive space in which to search for the finest items from the mainland and around the world, Dynasty Antiques Gallery, on the fourth floor, is the ideal place to admire. It takes up 30,000 sqft of space and features prestigious, distinctive items and custom-made furniture.

What makes Dynasty special is that in recent years it has sourced furniture from mountainous areas of the mainland. Manpower was arranged to transport such items back to Hong Kong, where staff carefully restored the furniture and decorative items.

You cannot miss Infurniti Lifestyles, on the 16th floor, where the catchphrase is 'style meets comfort, craftsmanship meets function'. Infurniti says its products, which can be made to order, take their cue from Mother Nature, with woods such as oak, teak, camphor, walnut and beech used to create whimsical items, including a curved breakfast table in camphor. Rosewood is used for more classical pieces. The store also boasts traditional antique items, including a round cherry wood and leather dining table, and English and French mahogany desks.

Easy to access, a joy to explore, Horizon Plaza's antique furnishing stores are a style-maker's heaven within Hong Kong's diverse shopping arena.