Leonardo Da Vinci

Da Vinci loses first lawsuit for deceiving customer

Consumers won their first lawsuit against a luxury furniture retailer as a district court in Hangzhou, Zhejiang ordered Da Vinci to pay 3.23 million yuan (HK$3.94 million) for making false claims about its goods.

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012, 12:00am

Regulator backs reports on Da Vinci furniture

Two investigative reports shown on China Central Television about the alleged low quality of furniture retailer Da Vinci's products were 'basically factual', the central government said, though the reporter on the stories was not a licensed journalist.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Da vinci says cctv reports were biased

The saga of luxury furniture retailer Da Vinci has taken a new twist, with the chain accusing state broadcaster China Central Television of biased reporting.

The company says it transferred one million yuan (HK$1.23 million) into a Hong Kong bank account as a bribe allegedly demanded by a CCTV reporter to 'settle' the bad publicity, Caixin Century magazine reported.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Telecoms watchdog to set user guidelines

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

System questioned in Da Vinci scandal

The scandal involving high-end furniture retailer Da Vinci's alleged sale of fake imported goods widened yesterday as investigations pointed to loopholes in the nation's quality-control system for imports.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Watchdog condemns Da Vinci as 'a con'

Shanghai-based luxury furniture chain Da Vinci has been 'branded as a con' by the city's consumer watchdog, local media reported yesterday.

It follows the release of records by Shanghai customs officials showing that about 10 per cent of the furniture Da Vinci sold as 'imported' this year was domestically produced and had never physically left the country.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Da Vinci pleads for a second chance

A tearful but unrepentant Doris Phua yesterday begged the mainland media and consumers to give her luxury furniture chain Da Vinci - currently under investigation for allegedly selling fake imported goods - 'another chance to serve', insisting that the company had acted honourably.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Firm in 'imported' furniture scam

Prominent mainland furniture retailer Da Vinci has been selling luxury items at high prices as 'imported from Italy' when in fact they had been made locally, according to a China Central Television report.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Marvellous Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci

Interactive mechanical models (including a tank prototype, above) reconstructed from the drawings and notes contained in Leonardo da Vinci's books and other items pertaining to the life and work of the Renaissance man. Mon-Wed, Fri, 1pm-9pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm, closed Thu, HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East, HK$25, free on Wed. Inquiries: 2732 3232. Ends Feb 9

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Genius of Leonardo spans the ages

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was best known as a master artist during the Renaissance period in Europe.

However, he was much more than a painter, and showed interest in architecture, anatomy, flight, hydraulics, civil engineering and war machines.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Battle machines reveal interest in the military

Of all the inventions Leonardo da Vinci created, the war machines demonstrate his desire to impress his patrons with new military strategies. For example, in the naval tank, he proposed to equip an armed boat with a new type of devastating 'circular multiple bombard', a system of 16 cannons mounted on a rotating platform.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

The Tenth Chamber

The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper Arrow, HK$91

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Art brings a new dimension

Dinosaurs, ancient Egyptian mummies, Qing dynasty warriors, a giant robot and cartoon characters - all these are part of a colourful display of art titled Diverse Expressions, presented by Yew Chung International Schools.

The more than 200 artworks were the collective effort of about 2,000 students and teachers. The youngest participant was two years old.

26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Breathtaking adventure

Before it became famous for its food and football, Italy was a land of rival city states.

Within a particular city state, power and control were in the hands of a single wealthy family.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, two of the most powerful Italian families were the Borgias and the Medicis.

29 May 2007 - 12:00am

Innovation in the spirit of the master

Inspired by the Renaissance genius, three new members of the Da Vinci family embody higher levels of technology and creativity

Upholding Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci's enduring innovative spirit, IWC Schaffhausen has created another new generation of surprising watches using advanced technologies.

25 May 2007 - 12:00am