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Force of nature

The annual Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan in April was a more subdued affair than previous, as the poor economic climate took a toll. But streamlined budgets did not translate into less interesting or less boundary-pushing products.

Friday, 1 June, 2012, 12:00am

High-end buyers looking for the signature touch

Developers of high-end apartment buildings had previously only to paint walls white, throw in a granite counter top in the kitchen, add a few gleaming taps and call it a day - expecting that buyers would come in and gut everything anyway.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Kitchens can give you cutting edge

The average Hong Kong kitchen may not be big enough to swing a wok around, but that doesn't mean you can't use the space you have more efficiently.

28 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Diary of a renovator: Held in check

Some things you cannot scrimp on. Long before renovation started on my village house I determined where I could 'save' money and what was worth a splurge, time- and money-wise. After waterproofing and drainage came flooring. So started my obsession with everything underfoot, from wood to laminate to tiles to cork.

8 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Room to move

Love the flat, hate the kitchen. How many times have you felt just that when looking for a new home? Chances are that it's a feeling familiar to most Hongkongers. Only now are local developers paying due attention to what has sometimes been literally the smallest room in the house.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

You're kidding!

Discovering they had a baby on the way, one couple had no time to lose in turning a newly purchased Mid-Levels apartment into a child-friendly home.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Sizzling romance

The recent opening of a number of specialist kitchen showrooms, boasting innovative designs that combine style and functionality, should smoke out even the most resistant cook.

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Open brief

A creative background gave one flat owner the confidence to allow his designer free rein in evoking a sense of space.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Planning for the clan

Built with family gatherings in mind, a weekend retreat in the New Territories takes a back-to-basics approach.

11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


Perfect for Hong Kong homes with no room to move, Alberto Colonello's 'Single' cooking unit has everything including the kitchen sink. His first design for Italian kitchen and bathroom company Boffi (, the unit can be freestanding or wall-mounted.

24 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Paying for my sins

BY the time you have read this column, realised the significance of its contents, and adapted it to fit the cat tray, I will be residing in spartan new quarters, at Her Majesty's pleasure.

The following 800 words implicate me in illegal activities and the guilt has become too much to bear.

30 Sep 1995 - 12:00am