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David Phair

PS: Ikea looking back, and forward

Designer Anna Wallin Irinarchos has fused the passion of her Mediterranean heritage with a pared-back Nordic design sensibility to help create two key pieces for Ikea.

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am

PS: Ikea looking back, and forward

Designer Anna Wallin Irinarchos has fused the passion of her Mediterranean heritage with a pared-back Nordic design sensibility to help create two key pieces for Ikea.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Author decided to do the sensible thing and followed her heart

I grew up on the beautiful Australian island of Tasmania in a society that was 10 years behind the times but in the nicest possible way. It was a fascinating community with a mixture of locals and lots of artists and craftspeople who came to settle from around the world.

19 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bright student didn't expect to develop a taste for catering

I grew up in New Orleans in what most people outside the US call the ghettoes, but in America we refer to as 'the projects'. Despite that, I was able to take advantage of myriad opportunities for underprivileged gifted students.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Orphanage chief found a paternal bond with China

I was 22 when I won a scholarship to Taiyuan, Shanxi province, from the US in 1982. In those days, it was a particularly daunting opportunity because the mainland's open-door policy was in its infancy. As it turned out, it was to crystallise where my interests lay and later led to the gift of my children.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

'I don't know what's more important than people's lives'

One thing I remember clearly about growing up in the 1960s in the New Territories was that some of my classmates had overseas sponsors to pay for them to go through school because Hong Kong was poor. The teacher would ask them in the middle of class to go home and meet their sponsor, who'd be visiting the territory.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Museum chief looks back with a song in his heart

I have three wonderful memories of school in Britain in the 1950s. The first is singing in Exeter Cathedral on Christmas Eve as one of the two boy soloists who begin the service. The vast cathedral was entirely dark. From behind the high altar two boys carrying candles emerged, singing in repetition an antiphon.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Shy boy slipped out of maths class to catch reptiles

I've been obsessed with snakes ever since I came to Hong Kong at the age of nine from England in the 1970s.

Some people love Arsenal, but for me it's reptiles that does it. I even have three pythons and others as pets.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Learning about life in the school of hard knocks

I suppose you could say the Mandarin Oriental is my home away from home. I certainly like to think of it like that. In a way it's also my family.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

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