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Style with David Roden, October 9, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 October, 2013, 1:26pm

What: Tu Textiles cushion

Why: Classic Chinese patterns printed on organic fabrics using eco-friendly, water-based inks

How much: HK$695

Where: Tree, 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2870 1582


What: Oslo sofa

Why: Designed for Muuto by Anderssen & Voll of Norway. Light and modern and available also in two shades of grey

How much: HK$39,800

Where: Flea+Cents, 1/F, 36 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2528 0808


What: Heavy Metal lamp

Why: Oxidised metal features in this vintage-inspired lamp for Diesel

How much: HK$10,800

Where: PLC Lighting, 210 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel:2519 6275


What: Nara chair

Why: By Japanese designer Shin Azumi, the chair has a back inspired by the shape of deer horns

How much: HK$5,540

Where: Manks, 3/F, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, tel: 2522 2115


What: Teak Branches stool

Why: Recycled teak wood made to look like charcoal is topped with a silver seat, marrying old and new

How much: HK$2,800

Where: Ovo Home, 16 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2526 7226


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These cushion cover designs are interesting. The knotting design is classical Chinese. The reverse printing and the paring using together would be I hope attractive. The classicism of the pattern demands attention to details to look right. Keep the knots in symmetry and the bars level or vertical.
Had it not been attributed to Shin Azumi, the Nara chair, I would almost have thought it is one of Isamu Noguchi, 1904-1988 chair design. They would have shared the simplicity of means and sensuality of feel in material and design respectively. The honesty in Japanese design dictates that natural wood is being used. It is a steal as it may become a collectable.
The Heavy Metal lamp, without light casting on the oxidized metal lampshade it wouldn’t have been seen at all. So might as well to hide such a utilitarian-like object from adorning any fine furniture it wants to hover on. The price is as heavy as the metal so where justifiably should it be used? A challenge.
Teak Branches stool is a whimscal design. The disproportion heavy legs in jet black color to support even a heavy looking seat are all but for a small stool. It can be lovable. Can’t imagine why solid teak is diminished to brittle charcoal in the sales promotion.
This Oslo sofa wouldn’t be my choice for my living room. I like the sexy red but the rest of the design is disturbing. The sofa looks unstable with its four flimsy looking piping legs that connected to two elongated pillows seat. The wings of the backrest are too decorative and can’t serve as head or arm rests which are being too slippery and short. But anyway I don’t have HK$39,800 to bring it back to my home from Wan Chai.


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