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Furniture designer in box seat as budding business takes off

The east-meets-west culture began millennia ago when the Silk Road, spanning from Persia to China, bridged the two cultures through trade.

It has now permeated into our lifestyles through languages, art, fashion and even furniture.

Sunday, 24 September, 2000, 12:00am

Facelift for bland flats years away

Any moves to build more attractive public flats are at least four years away because work has already been contracted to 2004, a housing official said yesterday.

But he stressed the department was keen to adopt new designs to improve the appearance of the buildings.

24 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Reda contests ruling

The Real Estate Developers Association (Reda) will challenge the Government's scrapping of serviced apartments from the land-use list because it tightens controls on development.

Sources said the association would probably lodge a complaint with the Government on the guidelines issued by the Town Planning Board last month.

19 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Top of the range

DOES YOUR IDEA of a dinner party mean phoning in an order to the Mandarin Oriental, taking out the food from the takeaway boxes and presenting it to your guests on Limoges china?

7 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Architectural gems must be preserved

There has been a lot of controversy, of late, surrounding the site for the SAR's Beijing office.

Beijing Office director Bowen Leung Po-wing, came to Hong Kong to defend the decision to find a permanent home - a traditional-style, low-rise building with courtyards.

30 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Flat prices show retreat of 4.9pc

Housing prices in popular private estates fell 4.9 per cent last year, provisional figures from the Rating and Valuation Department show.

Prices crept up 2.9 per cent in the first five months of the year but the momentum lost steam after June, putting values under pressure with sluggish trade since.

16 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Body in bed

Lau Yin-fong, 53, was found dead in bed at her home in Kiangsu Street, Hunghom with a towel in her mouth, a scarf around her neck and a pillow over her head. She had been ill for some time and police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

25 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Ask mr brain...all will be explained

How did the Emmy statuette get its name? The Emmy Awards are organised by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the United States to give recognition to outstanding television programmes and actors.

21 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

120 new cleaners may take to streets

About 120 more workers could be cleaning up the streets by 2000 at an extra cost of $9 million a year.

The Urban Services Department suggested yesterday contracting out services to get 118 people to spruce up streets in areas including Eastern, Wan Chai, Southern, Mongkok and Kwun Tong.

5 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Reid loses home after dropping fight to keep assets

Disgraced former government prosecutor Warwick Reid has abandoned his battle to stop the New Zealand authorities seizing his assets, which include the family home.

In a deal struck with Crown lawyers, the Reid family will be allowed to rent the house at market rates for six years until the youngest of their three children is 16.

18 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Alpha 41 times subscribed

Alpha General (Holdings), which distributes air-conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines in Hong Kong under the General brand, said its public share offering had closed about 41 times subscribed.

5 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Girl trapped in washer

Nine-year-old Kan Lok-sze got trapped in a washing machine while playing hide-and-seek at her home in Li Cheng Uk Estate, Shamshuipo. Her parents were out.

She was freed by firemen and did not appear to be hurt but was taken to hospital for checks on her spine before being allowed home.

1 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Singin' the Texas blues

Deep Blue Something had an instant hit on their hands when they released their single Breakfast at Tiffany's last year.

It reached the top of the chart, as did the album it came from, Home.

Four Texans, from just northwest of Dallas, make up Deep Blue Something - Todd Pipes (vocals and bass), Toby (guitar and vocals), Kirk Tatom (guitar) and John Kirtland (drums).

22 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Little Swan sets share price

Wuxi Little Swan Co has priced its B shares, to be placed on Monday and Tuesday, at $4.464 each.

The company, which has 40 per cent of China's market for fully automatic washing machines, will raise 312.4 million yuan (about HK$289.9 million) from the sale of 70 million B shares, or 28.7 per cent of the company.

28 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Leading Spirit in China expansion

ELECTRONIC parts trader Leading Spirit expects to boost turnover growth by 20 to 30 per cent next year by expanding its manufacturing facilities.

Company chairman Wong Shi-ling said the company was expanding its manufacturing presence across China in response to robust demand for mainland-made electrical appliances.

6 Dec 1995 - 12:00am