Interior Design

Hanging out: an audience with British design maven Ilse Crawford

Designer Ilse Crawford at Duddell's art centre. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Ilse Crawford is a perfectionist. She's been stuck in traffic for an hour, but despite the schedule chaos, she insists on a change of clothes. As an interior designer, aesthetics play a key role in her life.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 2:14am

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

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

Glass pioneers bid to increase use of recycled materials

A green office in Central. Photo: Courtesy of Liquid Interiors

The government wants us to recycle glass - an admirable green initiative, given that the 13 tonnes of waste glass drink bottles currently collected every day in Hong Kong accounts for less than 10 per cent of the total thrown away.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Indoor vertical gardens a growing attraction for Hongkongers

Margaret Chen, founder of SquAir Spaces, poses with the 'living walls' of plants at her office in Wong Chuk Hang. Photo: May Tse

In a city with bad air pollution and cramped apartments, Margaret Chen says bringing greenery indoors is an easy path to better air quality and peace of mind.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

Chinese embrace natural draw of log cabin holiday retreats

Log homes offer an earthy 'back to nature' comfort not possible in high-rises. They can also withstand earthquakes. Photo: Gastineau Log Homes

Think of log cabins and what comes to mind are charming chalets in the Alps, rustic retreats tucked away in the woods, cosy second homes in Vail and Aspen.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:19am

How to make a little room for romance

Alluring Safretti Apollo fireplaces by Frans Schrofer are designed to soothe. Photo: Kitchens + Interiors

If cupid could do with a little nudge, a simple answer could lie in your interior décor. Home is, after all, our most intimate space, so where's the harm in allowing it to wrap you and yours in a relaxing, romantic, sensual embrace?

6 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

Contemporary baby furniture that doesn't compromise style for comfort

A range of baby furniture designed by Sand for TREE includes this cabinet on wheels. Photo: TREE

Four men with offended design sensibilities established bloom, a brand of baby furniture of European design and precision engineering. They tapped a trend: its start-up in Hong Kong in 2006 led to bloom products being sold in 56 countries and notching up US$20 million in annual sales.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Style with David Roden, February 20, 2013

Our Fire candelabra

What: Our Fire candelabra

Why: designed by Philippe Starck using clear crystal and silver mirror coating

How much: HK$16,300

Where: Baccarat, 1/F, Landmark Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2537 2303


What: Seletti Keytlery

Why: 24-piece cutlery set using old keys as inspiration. In gold and black

20 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

New generation summons wind of change from West

Design Republic features modern and sculptural furniture in an understated aesthetic blending Chinese craftsmanship and Western functionality. Photo: Derryck Menere

Over the last decade, some of China's most intriguing design projects have been created by two architects who are business partners - and husband and wife.

17 Jan 2013 - 10:52am

Shedding light on German design through the ages

Design classics: Richard Sapper's Tizio lamps

"When I was a student, I only saw these things in pictures," says Leslie Lu as he walks past a collection of Tizio desk lamps, designed in 1970 by Richard Sapper.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:26am

Style with David Roden, January 9, 2013

Spice jar lamps

What: Spice jar lamps

Why: these recycled glass jars are festooned with intricate metal detailing

How much: from HK$5,950

Where: Tree, 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2870 1582


What: Carousel Horse

Why: this 1920s hand-carved wooden horse is from Rajasthan, India

9 Jan 2013 - 3:26am

Style with David Roden, January 2, 2013

Odeon chandelier

What: Bone china tea-light holders

Why: the holders, which give off a subtle glow, come in different sizes and shapes

How much: from HK$145

Where: Tree, 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2870 1582


What: Archers vase

2 Jan 2013 - 6:49am

Style with David Roden, December 12, 2012

Niagara chandelier

What: Niagara chandelier

Why: Intricate porcelain butterfly-winged fairies and fibre optics create the drama

How much: HK$1.28 million

Where: Lladro, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2321 8039


What: Free Spirit candleholder

12 Dec 2012 - 3:18am

All work and no play is old way at Hong Kong's hippest offices

Societe Generale's office in Hong Kong, designed by M Moser Associates, is among many luxury spaces being built by high-powered firms in order to project a good public image and attract more talent. Photo: M Moser Associates

The beer flows freely, and cues thwack on billiard balls. But this is not a pool hall. A pianist tickles the ivories while a fine red is uncorked. But this is not a wine bar.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:56pm