Architectural Styles


It should come as no surprise that the nation responsible for giving us Hello Kitty, tiny trees and the subway chin rest should also produce something as strange as Metabolist architecture.

Sunday, 28 August, 2011, 12:00am

Golden oldies making a comeback

The greats of Scandinavian modern furniture design have re-released a number of pieces that have become as popular now as they were during their heyday in the 1950s.

Susan Man, of Manks, says Scandinavian design represents simplicity at its finest.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Back to earth

Before hardware stores were an option, people had to make do with the stuff around them to build their homes. Indigenous Americans in the southwestern United States, for example, used clay. They mixed it with sand, water, sticks and straw to create a material called adobe.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

The 1980s

The 1980s are back. That's if you believe Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, which is featuring an exhibition of that name until the end of the year.

10 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Scandinavian design

The term Scandinavian design was first used at an exhibition held in 1951 at Heal's department store in London. The event showcased new furniture and accessories from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

26 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Happy days

Now there's a reason to traverse the length of Hollywood Road - especially if you're looking for art deco furniture and accessories. At the Sheung Wan end of the street is bFelix (meaning 'be happy'), which sells, among other items, stylish side tables (below left; $3,500) and inviting armchairs (left; $12,000).

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Regency furniture

Living in Asia, I haven't had experience with European antiques. I'm interested in Regency furniture. Any tips?


5 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Casa nova

Art deco buffs will appreciate Armani Casa's 2005-2006 furniture collection, which borrows motifs from the 1925-1940 decorative style that favoured animal forms, tropical foliage and ziggurats, among other designs. The range also owes a nod to Chinese decor from the 1920s and 30s with its elegant geometric lines.

22 May 2005 - 12:00am

Natural rhythm

Natural rhythm

Sensation: Oneness with nature and a feeling of wellbeing, organic lines, botanical elements and harmonious colours.

Characteristics: Gently flowing organic shapes and nature motifs. Curved lines and organic forms with leaves, flowers, birds, dragonflies.

24 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Lladro helps cathedral

LLADRO, the makers of exclusive Spanish porcelain with outlets at The Peninsula and Alexandra House, has joined the race against time to save one of Spain's most ancient Gothic cathedrals.

To the dismay of lovers of medieval art and culture, the Cathedral of Burgos has fallen into disrepair and its masonry is crumbling.

12 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Students take prizes by design

FISH ponds and the hi-tech spirit of the Bauhaus school of modern architecture may seem to have little in common.

But they have proved inspiring for two Hong Kong University Master of Architecture students who seized honours for Hong Kong by taking prizes in two renowned international design competitions.

9 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Peak partygoers hit the heights

IT was party time up at the Peak when Cafe Deco officially opened its door for business, with partners Gian Carlo Balenieri, Graeme Reading, Martin Allies and Michael Hendler on hand to greet more than 500 guests who invaded the salubrious heights.

28 Feb 1994 - 12:00am


WARNING: this story has about as much to do with food as a Faberge egg has to do with omelettes. 'My God,' exclaimed the Jewish princess from New York. 'I know those doors.' She was standing in front of Cafe Deco's heavy brass doors, about to enter Hong Kong's newest and arguably most spectacular restaurant. Certainly, the doors are unmistakable.

20 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Lalique a class of its own

GALERIE Moderne - a London-based Art Deco and Art Nouveau gallery - will be showing a wide selection of items at Art Asia '93.

The company specialises in Rene Lalique glassware dating from 1900 to 1940, Sevres porcelain from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, rare car advertising posters from 1890 to 1940, and contemporary paintings by Olivier Raab.

19 Nov 1993 - 12:00am