Phil Ross uses fungus to make bricks and furniture

A wall made of fungus bricks. Photo: Phil Ross

Once upon a time, an avant-garde senior citizen, being way ahead of the design curve, lived in a shoe. Another occupied a house that eschewed concrete, bricks, tiles and glass in favour of gingerbread and gateaux.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 4:53am

Style with David Roden, June 12, 2013

Forest bookcase

What: Forest bookcase

Why: made in solid oak or walnut and comes with lacquered drawers in different colours

How much: from HK$21,400

Where: HC28, 16/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2552 8002


What: Femme Bras Leves Lamp

12 Jun 2013 - 4:11am

Singapore's scale models

Frayn Yong's fragile pencil-lead sculptures, displayed at this year's Open House! art walk at Marina Bay. Photo:

Singaporean artist Frayn Yong's recent work can fit into a few plastic containers, no bigger than a standard document box. It's not that he's a laggard. It's because his works - painstakingly fashioned out of pencil lead - are small and delicate.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:35pm

Style with David Roden, June 5, 2013

Jardin Indien mug

What: Jardin Indien mug

Why: designed by Bernardaud and inspired by Indian botanicals

How much: HK$790

Where: Exclusivites, Ruttonjee Centre, tel: 2521 8626


What: Sinatra suspension light

Why: made from brass and aluminium with moveable arms

How much: from HK$31,135

5 Jun 2013 - 4:43am

Seats with a View exhibition shines fresh light on chairs

James Law's Cybertecture Love Seat

Glowing a cool blue, the Cybertecture Love Seat is no ordinary bench. Sit down with a friend and the light becomes violet. Nudge closer together and the bench cycles through yellow and orange before finally reaching crimson red.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:43am

Visual tricks that create magic outside

Architectural firm Original Vision uses various techniques such as a water feature to improve a home's exterior space. Photo: Original Vision

There are various ways to create a view where none exists, and introduce privacy as well. An interesting method - widely used in Europe but less so in Hong Kong - is to paint a trompe l'oeil.

29 May 2013 - 5:01am

Style with David Roden, May 29, 2013

Mary side table

What: Mary side table

Why: By British designer Matthew Hilton, using carved oak wood and marble

How much: HK$13,800

Where: Lane Crawford Home Store, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2118 3668


What: McLennan chair

Why: Upholstered in a Jim Thompson linen ikat fabric for that tribal summer look

29 May 2013 - 5:01am

Designer seeks compensation from HKRFU for Sevens passes artwork

Sevens passes from 2013 (left) and last year. Photo: SMP

A freelance designer who created the VIP passes for the Hong Kong Sevens for the past 10 years has accused the organisers of using her artwork without her permission in a bid to save money.

26 May 2013 - 8:18am

Musician turned jewellery designer Anna Hu creates pitch-perfect pieces

Anna Wu. Photo: SCMP

Anna Hu made history last year when she became the first Asian jeweller to be featured in a solo exhibition at the Louvre's Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

24 May 2013 - 1:12pm

Style with David Roden, May 22, 2013

Koh lamp

What: Koh lamp

Why: inspired by water containers, this lamp comes in as many colours as you can find bulbs for

How much: HK$1,165

Where:, tel: 2907 2777


What: Cookut plate

Why: featuring celebrities as pets on your dessert plate

22 May 2013 - 3:52am

Style with David Roden, May 15, 2013

Bocci 28 pendant light

What: Bocci 28 pendant light

Why: designed by Omer Arbel using a glass-blowing process that creates a sculptural lamp

How much: from HK$98,379

Where: Design Link, 1/F, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2868 0991


What: Bamboo storage boxes

15 May 2013 - 2:53am

Designing talent sashays off runway into homes

High fashion is coming off of the catwalk and into better-dressed homes, as high-profile designer brand names, like this Ralph Lauren styled room, are focusing on accessories and furniture.

Experience has taught one of the world's most successful businessmen, Donald Trump, that "you're generally better off sticking with what you know". But some people just can't help pushing the envelope, among them the current seam of fashion designers crossing over into homeware.

15 May 2013 - 2:53am

Artists bring natural touch to tram shelters

An 'Artram Shelters' design by Alice Lai outside the CC Wu Building in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

The colourful paintings with themes of natural landscapes and animals can be seen in stops at Wan Chai and Taikoo Shing.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am

Style with David Roden, May 8, 2013

Mademoiselle armoire

What: Mademoiselle armoire

Why: polished cut brass, in a butterfly design invoking art nouveau

How much: HK$155,610

Where: Design Link, 1/F, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2868 0991


What: Zaza side chair

Why: brings the jungle into your home

How much: HK$12,000

8 May 2013 - 2:33am

Design duo foster debate on the built environment

Industrial Forest at Spring Workshop is an interactive installation that has already stimulated commentary. Photo: ESKYIU

One of the more creative projects to emerge in art-obsessed Hong Kong this year is an intriguing installation by architects Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu Kar-san, of ESKYIU studio.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am