Enter the dragon
Millicent Lai became a coffee addict at the age of 16, when she entered design school: 'I thought drinking coffee was a cool thing to do around artists and designers,' she says.
'The coolness wore off over the years but drinking coffee, and the preparation of it, is a good way for me to unwind and relax,' says Lai. 'Coffee is part of my life.'
Even more so now as Lai, Shanghai Tang's chief designer of homeware, has created the Shanghai Tang for Nespresso Dragon Collection, in celebration of the Year of the Dragon.
The collection - inspired by the dragon, 'the most majestic symbol of power and fortune in China' - consists of a Citiz coffee machine (HK$3,888), a pair of cappuccino cup and saucers in red and blue (HK$488) and a capsule box with carved stone inlay (HK$5,888) or carved silver metal inlay (HK$3,288).
Lai says the set marries tradition to a modern aesthetic - and results in a satisfying brew, to boot.
A limited edition of 3,000 sets has been produced and will be sold in markets including the mainland, Hong Kong and Singapore. They will be available from today at Nespresso boutiques in Elements, Kowloon and IFC Mall, Central, as well as at most Shanghai Tang stores.