Force of nature

The annual Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan in April was a more subdued affair than previous, as the poor economic climate took a toll. But streamlined budgets did not translate into less interesting or less boundary-pushing products.

Friday, 1 June, 2012, 12:00am

Peat bath and lavender detox

The first international branded spa in the New Territories, the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin's Melo Spa, is worth the journey. It has spacious, well-appointed suites and is decked out in tasteful shades of light and dark brown that echo the backdrop of the mountains outside. Shell and bamboo furnishings further serve to bring the outside indoors.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Design with a human touch

Technology with a human touch has very much been the trend for luxury homes, with leading brands such as TOTO and Kohler offering stylish products.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bathrooms on a budget

Renovating a bathroom within a budget can be difficult at the best of times. But how do you make wise decisions and avoid blowing the funds on intricate tile work, and having to compromise on the shower or basin?

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Traffic jam delayed rescue of flood victim

An elderly man drowned in his village home that was flooded by a once-in-50-years downpour while rescuers were stuck in traffic, the Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

The sobbing widow of Lee Yiu-jo, 72, told how her husband was left stranded in his house in Ying Pun village, Sheung Shui, on July 22 last year as her calls for help went unheeded.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

DIGITAL delight

Thanks to modern technology, we don't have to go to the office to work, the cinema to watch a movie and the spa to alleviate tension. Our apartment can easily double as a home office, a home theatre and a home spa.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Off the wall

Art of glass

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Quick shower wins the day

In many homes, a long soak in a tub is being replaced by a quick shower, as bathroom trends reflect the need to save time and space.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Owners ignore leaks at their peril

Water leaks are among the most common complaints flat owners have to deal with.

'If the source of a leak is found to be in your flat, it may begin by affecting just a small portion of a ceiling of the flat below yours, and cost you a small amount of compensation only,' said Stewart Wong Shun-tai, manager at loss adjuster firm Professional Surveyors.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Youth accused of throwing drain cleaner

A 17-year-old student appeared in Kowloon City Court yesterday accused of throwing drain cleaner on his ex-girlfriend. Yau Kwok-hang entered no plea. He was charged with one count of throwing corrosive fluid with intent to do grievous bodily harm. He allegedly threw drain cleaner on Li Shuk-yin, 16, on Friday on a staircase in a building in Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

Air purifier claims exaggerated

Manufacturers' claims about air purifiers on sale in Hong Kong overstate their cleaning ability by as much as 17 times, tests by the Consumer Council found.

None of the 10 machines tested by the council could clean as big an area as stated, while some also had inadequate insulation, posing a risk of electricity leakage.

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Attack lands woman in psychiatric centre

A paranoid schizophrenic woman who splashed drain cleaner on her 16-year-old neighbour, who she claimed often berated her and peered into her home, was yesterday ordered to spend four months in a psychiatric centre. Tsoi Sau-hing, 47, had earlier pleaded guilty at the Court of First Instance to one count of throwing a corrosive fluid with intent.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Turning the tide against burst pipes

A spate of water main bursts this year has left some wondering if Hong Kong is sitting on a ticking time bomb of ageing water pipes. The most recent burst, last week, left thousands in Taikoo Shing and other eastern Hong Kong Island estates without fresh water for 12 hours.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Editor's choice - cook + soak

Centre of attention

Kyton by Varenna is a bright, natural contemporary kitchen that's technically developed. Finishes include embossed lacquered, glossy lacquered, wood and glass (frosted or glossy). Varenna Kitchens are available in Hong Kong through ViA.

The art of cooking

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Wider powers to enter and inspect flats

Buildings officers will have the power to enter and inspect a flat if they suspect illegal alterations or subdivisions have been made, under a new plan.

16 Oct 2010 - 12:00am