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TOUCH of class

American etiquette author Emily Post once said: 'As the host or hostess, it is your responsibility to make sure that each guest feels as comfortable as possible - while not feeling completely overwhelmed yourself.

Friday, 22 June, 2012, 12:00am


Glazed and confused

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


What: Marie Coquine floor lamp. Why: Philippe Starck designed this Mary Poppins-meets-Raging Bull chandelier for Baccarat: at one end, under an ivory umbrella, are 12 graceful lights; at the other is a camel-leather punch bag, which acts as a counterweight; in the middle, supporting the two, is a photographic stand. The contrast could not be more Starck. Price: HK$328,000.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Try before you buy

The Niji Bistro, in Tsim Sha Tsui, is billed as the first concept store by Japanese brand Noritake, better known for its high-end tableware. The food in the bistro is served using the brand's china, glassware and cutlery, and if you like what you see - for a wedding gift, perhaps (do people buy formal chinaware for themselves?) - the Noritake shop is only steps away.

27 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Bringing a splash of colour to the table

Metallic finishes, sparkling decorative details and contemporary fusion designs are hot trends in tableware, dinnerware and gift items at this year's HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair, from today until Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Fold and hold

Portability is the main selling point of Orikaso's crockery, but another reason the products have caused a stir is their eye-catching design and versatility. Made to fold (oru means as much in Japanese), the polypropylene dishes, cups and bowls can be packed flat and weigh next to nothing: the picnic set for two (below; $249) comes to only 200 grams.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

Staying power

Proving good ideas stand the test of time, Alessi has reintroduced the Programma 8 crockery designed in the 1970s by Franco Sargiani and Eija Helander. The duo came up with implements for the kitchen and table that emphasised practicality and flexibility. Thirty years later, designers have realised anew the beauty of the concept - and how to improve it.

10 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Rice bowls

1. Flora rice bowl, $350, by Bernardaud from Exclusivites (7/F, Sogo, Causeway Bay; tel: 2892 0709; www.bernardaud.fr).

2. Verdures rice bowl, $530, by Christian Tortu for Raynaud from Heather & March (shop 110, Prince's Building, Central; tel: 2530 0686; www.raynaud.fr).

15 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Air fare

Don't have the readies for a first-class flight but want a slice of the high life? Owing to popular demand Cathay Pacific has joined forces with G.O.D. and is offering a selection of crockery (by Japanese bone-china manufacturer Noritake) and glassware typically found at the front end of the plane.

9 May 2004 - 12:00am

Setting in style

Rosenthal, makers of fine porcelain from Germany, held a dinner at the Ritz-Carlton and invited celebrities and socialites to view its latest dinnerware.

Among the offerings was a range by the late Gianni Versace, and the relaunched Heritage Collection named after, among others, Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

15 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Potentially fatal flaws in washing machines

Nearly half the washer-driers scrutinised by the Consumer Council could electrocute a user if the machine overflowed, its spokesman warned.

Water was steadily poured on top of 11 machines to simulate an overflow caused by the malfunction of the electrical inlet valve, Dr Lo Chi-kin said.

16 May 1998 - 12:00am

British crown sets seal on colonial teacup sale

CROCKERY once used by hospital patients may be auctioned off by the Government, officials said yesterday, after a mishmash of colonial leftovers reaped profits of more than $2.8 million.

23 Nov 1997 - 12:00am