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Looking up as the world becomes more exciting

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 September, 2013, 2:34pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 9:35am

We live now in a future that previous generations could only imagine, in wistful daydreams and sensational movies.  We may not have flying cars, but our world has become much bigger; we’re not walking computers, but everything we want to know, have or do can be available through taps on a screen; we’re not surrounded by cold metal, but the materials we live with are more luxurious, durable and eco-friendly. In short, we have created a better, more exciting world to live in – and we’re not stopping here.

STYLE’s September issue is out on newsstands today, and in our lead story, we look at how “Made in China” is going from slur to solution, as quality control in the Mainland improves. Designers of the moment Masha Ma, Qiu Hao and Huishan Zhang prove that Chinese production can be respectable, and that the country’s fast-developing fashion industry allows designers to compete on a global level and standard.

The term “eco-luxe” is also being redefined – it’s not just about locally sourced materials and hanging up used towels. We look at what constitutes green design nowadays as we speak to experts Yew Kuan Cheong, Bill Bensley and Mark Edleson on the lengths brands go to for a truly eco-friendly experience.

We’re even taking the next step forward in travel. Not content with one-stop holidays, we’re now discovering ways to cross off several items on our bucket lists at once, as we embark on once-in-a-lifetime journeys that take us to the most inspiring heritage sites, the best restaurants in the world, or even to outer space. 

It’s no surprise then, that we are fervently investing in our children’s future. In our Spend It section this month – just in time for the birth of little Prince George – experts unveil the dream nursery and playroom, all for HK$6 million. Dragons of Walton Street, the luxury brand that has created the nurseries for Prince William, Prince Harry, as well as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, describe the perfect room for a child to grow up in. We also speak to a tech expert on the lighting, security and smart software that can make life easier for today’s parents.

Critics and pessimists may have plenty to say about what they see to be an abysmal state of the world. Nevertheless, while there is, and always will be, room for improvement, surely it’s more productive and inspiring to look at the good things we have done and what more we can do.

So take a chance, dear reader. The future is bright.