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Chaise Longue

French connections

I'll admit that my love affair with France is due to me seeing the country through rose-tint- ed glasses - and by judiciously timing my visits so that I've always been there when the weather is good.

Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am

Chair trigger

The Pain Alliance (yes, really), a group set up under the Hong Kong Primary Care Foundation, claims that up to 700,000 people in the city suffer from chronic pain in either the back, neck, shoulders or waist, attributable mainly to bad posture among an increasingly sedentary populace.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

Bohemian rhapsody

The term 'bohemian', referring to an untraditional lifestyle, emerged in France in the early 1800s, when creative types began moving into low-rent 'gypsy' neighbourhoods in Paris, including Montmartre and Le Marais.

21 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Medusa, Sydney

What is it? A tiny, eclectic boutique hotel disguised as a typical (if not brightly coloured) Sydney terrace house, Medusa is located in one of the city's most thriving neighbourhoods, Darlinghurst.

13 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

A blast from the past

Fashion and architecture are closely connected - a fact borne out by Nino Cerruti's acquisition of the Baleri Italia furniture line.

The fashion designer, who relinquished his hold over the Cerruti empire a couple of years ago, is back in the mix, but with a different offering.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Belgique chic

Belgian design, in the form of furniture and carpets, makes a welcome addition to Cetec's new showroom in Central. Available at the 2,000 sq ft outlet, which is open to professional and retail trade, are Marie's Corner Furniture sofas and chairs (Nashville armchairs, right; $3,750 each) as well as other inviting pieces such as the Motherwell chaise longue ($6,700 each).

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Art of contrast

Black and white are here to stay, judging by Versace's 2007 home collection. The contrasting hues are coupled with patterns and other colours that are, the company says, at the heart of Versace's 'DNA'.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

four-legged furniture

If you share your dwelling with an animal, or two or three, you probably want your companions to enjoy living with you, but not at the expense of style. Beds and chairs for pets can make design statements that include anything from classically tasteful to wildly extravagant.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Lean machine

It may evoke memories of gargle-and-spit sessions at the dentist, but rest assured the Cassina Dodo Swivel Armchair's tilting mechanism serves only to ensure maximum comfort for its occupant. The sculptural modern classic, designed by Toshiyuki Kita in 2000, slides into chaise longue position with the help of a lever-operated gas spring.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Drafus Chow

Favourite T-shirt: 'My T-shirt that says NY 113, LA 99 on the front, and Willis Reed's number on the back. Knicks fans know what it's all about.'

Jeans: Paper Denim, Tsubi, Rogan and APC. 'They are on full rotation.'

Shoes: Ponys.

Skin care: Tap water.

26 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

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