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Best case scenario

Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am

Wall coverings enter fashion world

'Home is the wallpaper above the bed,' renowned journalist Henry Grunwald once wrote. Although wall coverings may not attract as much attention as their bulkier cousins, the couch and the bed, they are instrumental in making a home feel like home.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Sabala's works mean fun for kids, double meanings for adults

Colourful enough for kids, but cheekily created for adults. That's the appeal of Spanish artist Sabala's cartoony and playful drawings. The Barcelona native was back in Hong Kong last week to open a new ribald exhibition, called Ella And Her Secrets of Seduction, at Sofia Gaspar's Spanish Contemporary Art gallery.

14 May 2008 - 12:00am

Lucky matters

If you can't afford a fung shui master to advise you on how to turn your luck around, try something practical, such as Indian-made coir doormats from G.O.D. (various locations;

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Plenty of designs to choose from

Carpets reached a level of exclusivity thanks to the hand-making process that originated in Central Asia and the Middle East.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Beauty Flash

Colour kaleidoscope

10 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Trendy tots

Just because you have kids doesn't necessarily mean your home has to be overrun with garish plastic accessories. The Little Armchair Company has come to the rescue of design-conscious parents with its classic mini seats, which are safe, comfortable and cool.

20 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Gymnasts need a gymnasium

As a member of the Hong Kong gymnastics team, I would like to address areas of concern regarding the loss of our gymnasium at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

Gymnastics is a sport which is extremely dangerous and much of a gymnast's safety relies solely upon equipment, such as crash mats, landing mats and, most importantly, the pit.

5 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Tested samples meet US federal safety levels

I refer to your editorial of May 16, criticising the Government for not banning the sale of furniture containing polyurethane foam (PU foam), and would like to clarify a few points.

Safety is always the Government's priority. Indeed, the Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance already lays down a general safety requirement on consumer products, including PU foam-filled furniture.

21 May 1998 - 12:00am

Dangerous decision

This week's Trade and Industry Bureau decision not to ban the sale of furniture containing polyurethane foam flies in the face of Government efforts to cut down the number of fire deaths in Hong Kong. By the bureau's own admission, furniture containing the foam is very popular, but that is hardly an acceptable reason to endorse it.

16 May 1998 - 12:00am

Beer mat talent to flip your lid

AMONG my lesser-known accomplishments is an ability to flip beer mats. Quite a lot of them, actually.

Any of my readers who have frequented licensed premises will know exactly what I mean. The beer mats, or coasters as they are sometimes known in other parts of the globe, are flipped up and over and caught before they hit the top of the bar or table.

3 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Putting art in the frame

PRIZED etching, million-dollar masterpiece, elegant calligraphy or just a simple print - there is artwork to suit every taste and every pocket. Yet many people simply don't spend enough time thinking about how to present it or scrimp on the framing.

22 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

designs on the doorstep

DOOR mats? Not all deserve a muddy sole. If one Hong Kong designer has his way, an upbeat version of this homely fixture will beg for a bare foot or, at least, a sense of humour.

Is Hong Kong ready to be greeted with ''Bug Off'', ''Beat It'' or worse, in neon lavender? Elias Ben-Avi has his fingers crossed.

13 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Burger joint ballot

IF you want to vote in Commercial Radio's ''Healthiest Image Idol'' survey this summer all you have to do is fill out the form printed on tray mats at McDonald's.

30 Jul 1993 - 12:00am