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Proof that tiles will never be out of style

Tiles are one of the oldest construction materials known to man. Tiled surfaces have been found in Egyptian pyramids, the ruins of Babylon, and Roman temples.

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012, 12:00am

Leather gets a new look

Leather is not just for handbags and shoes any more. Soft and warm, leather is a surprisingly versatile and durable material that can be used on floors, walls or ceilings.

Kitchens + Interiors founder Winston Lam Wing-heng has introduced Alphenberg leather tiles from Holland, which specialises in water buffalo leather tiles.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Under the skin

'The skins come from animals that lived in the country, [were killed for their meat] and processed with environmentally friendly tanning stuffs,' Dutch brand Alphenberg promises on its website.

That guarantee helped persuade Winston Lam Wing-heng, founder of Kitchens + Interiors, to import Alphenberg's water-buffalo leather tiles for use on walls, ceilings and floors.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Attract smiles with tiles

In any home, tiles help create the right mood while serving practical purposes. But if yours have seen better days, it may be time to consider some new ones.

The latest trends see tiles being used for many more applications than in the past - not just for wet areas or living room floors.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Summer Colours

This week Ruby Leung shows us that colours don't have to be bright and special to be beautiful. She draws inspiration from nature and demonstrates that simple things like a beach on a sunny day can be wonderfully pleasing to the eye.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A sea of flowers to charm visitors

About 600 students used more than 30,000 flowers to create a colourful mosaic that will be on display at the annual Flower Show this month.

The students, from 20 schools, joined efforts at Victoria Park last Saturday to assemble the mosaic An Ocean Fantasy.

9 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

In the next issue of STYLE...

We've submerged ourselves in the fascinating world of Design & Living. There are great explorations of urban gardens, a new direction for home decor, and stories about the hottest trends in architecture and interiors.

3 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Diary of a renovator: Held in check

Some things you cannot scrimp on. Long before renovation started on my village house I determined where I could 'save' money and what was worth a splurge, time- and money-wise. After waterproofing and drainage came flooring. So started my obsession with everything underfoot, from wood to laminate to tiles to cork.

8 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Turkish delight

You don't have to understand mathematical patterns and forbidden symmetry to appreciate the intricate tiling on Islamic buildings. New to Fired Earth (2404 Dominion Centre, 43 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2861 3864), Tabriz wall tiles are a delight to behold because of their vibrant colours and highly decorative representation of Turkey's flora and fauna.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Tile tales

Interior designers are going to extremes - choosing tiles that are either oversize rectangles or small mosaics. The bigger the better to complement oblong baths and basins; whereas mosaic tiles can create a bold feature wall. Tiles used in sequence no longer need match perfectly.

17 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Tiling in style

Florence Leung Lai-ping has seen it all. From the client who insisted on tiling an entire room - wall, ceiling and floor - in the same rose pattern, to the woman who loved green so much that she insisted on covering the interior of her flat in a bright shade of it.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Tile style

A fully tiled entrance wouldn't have the impact of these shabby-chic, tile-inlaid wooden steps outside Vietnamese shop Socola (45 Ton That Thiep St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City), which sells antique homeware, including stained-glass panels and 100-year-old tiles from Japan, priced from US$2 to US$8 each.

8 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

On the tiles

If you've trawled Mongkok and Wan Chai for the perfect tiles and feel you've wasted your time, consider designing your own or having them designed for you. Someone who can help is Dominic Crinson, whose speciality is 'designing imagery to be output via computer onto various surfaces such as ceramic tiles and floor tiles'.

31 Jul 2005 - 12:00am


Q Which tunnel options would best ease traffic?

I do not understand why there is such a fuss about differences in tunnel fees. Have drivers never heard about the expression penny-wise pound-foolish? This is exactly what is happening here and I had this discussion with my employer (who pays all my car expenses including tunnel fees) several years ago.

10 May 2005 - 12:00am

Falling tiles saga needs more than a quick fix

Hong Kong has had more than its fair share of public housing scandals over the years. The mysterious case of the falling tiles, which has hit 68 estates in recent months, is the latest problem. It requires further investigation.

7 May 2005 - 12:00am