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PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 March, 2012, 12:00am

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Belgian-American designer Diane von F?rstenburg, pioneer of the wrap dress, has taken her iconic bright colours, geometric patterns, and floral designs to a collection of plates, mugs, coffee cups, and glasses. Diane von F?rstenburg's Spring/Summer 2012 China Collection, priced between HK$240 and HK$2,400, is on sale at Lane Crawford's IFC mall store, and Lane Crawford Pacific Place homestore.

Hong Kong-born designer John Rocha, who made his name in Dublin with his Chinatown label in 1980s, was an early mover into homewares, designing a range of cut crystal stemware and vases for Waterford Crystal in the mid 2000s, and adding jewellery and other homeware to his repertoire through sales at department store Debenhams. Keep an eye out for his metal leaf bowls and cushions, made with taffeta and sequins.

Avant-garde American designer Rick Owens has also moved into the homewares market, taking simple lines and 'radical silhouettes' into his glamour-meets-grunge line of furniture (think chairs with horns, right). In 2010, Owens staged his first furniture exhibition in New York City, showing off an alabaster and marble bed with matching daybed that together weighed two tonnes. He matched the unusual bed pieces with two lamps, two tables, and a floor-to-ceiling shared curtain, worth about US$440,000 all up.

British designer Jasper Conran, who built his reputation on womenswear, has applied his creative muscle to costume and set design for theatre and published a photographic essay about a trip around the English countryside, so it's no surprise he turned his hand to homewares. He started his signature ranges of stemware for crystal companies in the late 1990s, and in 2001 launched a fine-bone china tableware collection for Wedgwood.