Think of aluminium furniture and you probably visualise something cold, hard and gleaming. But the impact can be cushioned with the use of a new varnish pigment Hoet Design calls 'the soft coat'. As a follow-up to its acclaimed interlocking Puzzle chairs and tables, the three-year-old Belgian design company has come up with Fold stools and matching tables ($4,880 and $24,380 respectively). The finish softens the hard surface of the aluminium, the company says. 'The result is a light and rigid object that not only looks soft but also feels that way.' For more information contact Design Link, 6/F, Park Avenue Tower, 5 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay, tel: 2838 8299.