Home & Decor

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

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

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: www.kohconcepts.com, 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

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

Style with David Roden, May 1, 2013

Diamond Emerald sideboard

What: Diamond Emerald sideboard

Why: This limited-edition jewel has a gold leaf interior.

How much: HK$239,200

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


What: Adele-C Zarina chair

Why: Designed by Cesare Cassina for his daughter Adele, of Adele-C.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Solutions to finding the right furniture within your budget

The interior of the Sha Tin outlet of Ikea, which has three megastores in Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Shopping for furniture in Hong Kong can be a headache - the challenges of finding something that fits in your flat and meets your budget can take the fun out of choosing designs and colours. But there are plenty of solutions if you know where to look.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

Style with David Roden, April 24, 2013

Sled Comback chair

What: Sled Comback chair

Why: Designed by Patricia Urquiola and inspired by a famous 18th-century English chair

How much: HK$4,100

Where: Kartell Flagship Store, 46 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 28100458


What: Bluebellgray cushion

24 Apr 2013 - 5:19am

Asia's fusion furniture on show in Milan

Items from the Nichetto=Nendo collection. Photo: Nichetto=Nendo

It felt like the quietest Milan furniture fair in years. Press previews were half-empty, previously impenetrable design districts were a breeze to walk through and many cocktail parties were shockingly under-patronised.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:19am

Style with David Roden, April 17, 2013

Antique double table fan

What: Antique double table fan

Why: this French 1930s double fan will keep you doubly cool.

How much: HK$9,880

Where: Tequila Kola, 1/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2877 3295


What: Plastic classic loop Ming chair

17 Apr 2013 - 5:19am