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Fireplaces add warmth

As Hong Kong's temperature dips and winter begins to set in, open fireplaces are making a comeback, especially with new designs that allow portability.

Friday, 2 December, 2011, 12:00am

Toiling in a furnace

As the city endures one of its hottest summers on record, concerns are growing for the workers who turn developers' billion-dollar dreams into reality whatever the weather.

The Observatory recorded a temperature of 34.5 degrees Celsius on June 9, the highest on record in June since 1980. Mean temperature for the month was 28.6 degrees, 0.7 degrees above the average.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Warm and fuzzy

Over the past several months, I've received a number of e-mails from a friend in London who is teaching herself to bake. Very few of her attempts have been successful as she likes to 'fiddle' with recipes: she substitutes whole-grain flour for white plain (all-purpose) flour and reduces the amount of sugar in an attempt to make her produce healthier.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Cold comfort

You may be enjoying the current cooler weather but winter is just around the corner. So here are a few ideas to help you stay warm and cosy and, of course, stylish.

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Happy campers

Hong Kong winters may not be long, but they can be chilly. That's reason enough to warm to the coolest design trend in alfresco living: the outdoor fireplace.

A flickering flame has become de rigueur in the hippest yards and patios in colder climates, so it's only natural it would catch on in Hong Kong - especially as some can also be used indoors.

18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Diary of a renovator: cold comfort

If designing my kitchen was tricky, choosing appliances to kindle creativity was humbling. I craved tools that would allow me to put away childish things and push me to provide adult fare.

No more instant noodles, mushroom omelettes or curry-in-a-hurry. I was destined to become Delia, Julia, possibly even Nigella.

12 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

A stove bigger than most kitchens

'It's the most expensive oven now in Hong Kong,' a rep from Miele emphasised. Certainly, the German appliance maker went all out to make a promotional statement last week, unveiling a very high-end range of kitchen apparatus. The new slogan is 'Above All', so what better visual representation of that motto than to charter a couple of Peak Trams and take the guests and media up to The Peak.

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

Ready, set, glow with a designer fireplace

Warming up to winter can be a stylish affair, with the latest range of designer fireplaces adding a chic glow to your home.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

High heat

Those with kitchens more suited to hotel rooms than homes often make do without an oven. Siemens offers a solution with its wall-mounted liftMatic oven (above). The appliance, which can be installed between two cabinets or over a table, features a mechanism that lowers the entire oven 'floor'.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

How to choose ... a cooker

How to choose ... a cooker

Hong Kong rental flats tend to be sparsely furnished - in fact, the landlord will usually (but not always) agree to supply only one essential item for the kitchen - a cooker.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am