Roland Garros needs lights to clear backlog, says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World number one Novak Djokovic called for the French Open to install floodlights to help clear the backlog of rain-hit matches and claimed that a five-year wait to have a roof-covered show court was too long.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 4:36am

Hirohito Totsune lights up the ICC

Hirohito Totsune.

Hirohito Totsune proudly stands in front of West Kowloon's ICC Tower, the afternoon sun bouncing off the glass, giving his sharp suit a shiny gloss. He has good reason to be happy, for behind him looms the canvas for his latest project - a canvas that covers a whopping 50,000 square metres.

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Letters to the Editor, April 7, 2013

Sydney has anti-light-pollution regulations. Photo: Bloomberg

The global factory farming industry means that millions of animals are raised for food in what can only be described as inhumane conditions. Similarly, the fur industry has a brutal track record and it prefers to keep consumers uninformed about how that divinely soft pelt on a designer coat, or the fluffy fur trim on a new jacket, was manufactured.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 3 comments

Voluntary phasing out of incandescent light bulbs insufficient

Compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs use less energy than an incandescent bulb. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

In our continued attempt to reduce our city's energy consumption, Hong Kong's environment minister Wong Kam-sing said last month that the government is moving forward on the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Letters to the Editor, March 10, 2013

Tin Shui Wai library should be open longer. Photo: May Tse

The global investing public is increasingly paying attention to the corporate social responsibilities of listed enterprises. Profitability aside, corporate performance in environmental protection, social contribution and human capital development are being factored into people's investment decisions.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:52am 1 comment

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

NVC founder's share sale pushes down stock price

NVC founder's share sale pushes down stock price

Shares in beleaguered NVC Lighting Holding dropped 9.3 per cent yesterday after announcing that its founder and former chairman Wu Changjiang is selling nearly two-thirds of his shares to Elec-Tech International (HK).

28 Dec 2012 - 4:14am

The poor needs the gift of light

The World Bank reports that there are 590 million Africans and 800 million in Asia without electricity. Photo: AP

Technology moves fast. But often the impetus to make it work for social ends lags behind. In an attempt to relate how far technology can come in a short time, I often tell my children the story of when my father first experienced the power of electric light.

7 Nov 2012 - 1:59am

Lighting too often an afterthought, designers say

Tino Kwan believes a space needs functional, ambient and accent lighting. Photo: Tino Kwan

Chandeliers are almost always too small for a space, oil-rubbed shades on a lamp can cast the most appealing light and dimmers are vastly under-rated.

26 Sep 2012 - 1:41am

Designers see the light

When it comes to home lighting, the trend is towards larger fixtures and softer, warmer design elements.

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been the buzzword for some time. Manufacturers are embracing them because they are compact, which means it no longer limits designers of decorative fixtures.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Home decor goes through an industrial revolution

We've had shabby chic, minimalism, modernism, art deco and black and white as overarching design trends that have come and gone with all the mainstream saturation of catwalk trends.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Curve Ball

Solitaire light (HK$6,440) by Niche Modern, available at Kitchen + Interiors

Stargazer light (HK$6,950) by Niche Modern, available at Kitchen + Interiors

Take Off chair (HK$8,999) by Skitsch, available at Aluminium

Aerodrome table lamp (HK$3,350) by Northern Lighting, available at Homeless

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Let there be light

French designer Philippe Starck has previously partnered with his country's esteemed crystal-maker Baccarat, but few of the collaborations have offered the level of detail and daring charm as his latest. The Marie Coquine is ostensibly Starck's own 12-light Zenith chandelier - but with a couple of surreal additions transforming it into a variety of lamps.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Made in the shades

Lifestyle and furniture outlet Indigo has designed a collection of lamps for children's bedrooms. The wooden stand and wide base are designed to stay upright even when knocked by little hands. The lampshade comes in navy, pink or red. HK$1,068 at Indigo Kids, suites 1817-20, 18/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2552 0545

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

City's event to shine brightly

Visitors to the spring HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair could be forgiven for thinking they have dropped in on a famous artist's exhibition, or that they are getting a sneak peek into a hi-tech home of the future.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am