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Play it Cool


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

Play it Cool


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

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Play it Cool

June 30, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Portable Misting Fan

This could be your most practical go-to gadget this summer. The angelic, glittery, translucent mini-misting fan is lightweight enough to bring to the beach or a festival. Spray your friends to their surprise and delight. (urbanoutfitters.com)


Marc Newson Hourglass for Hodinkee

One of the forces behind the Apple Watch, renowned industrial designer Marc Newson has introduced his new project – a 10-minute hourglass for watch magazine Hodinkee. The classic timekeeping device gets a timelessly chic makeover with hand-blown borosilicate glass and stainless-steel nanoballs. Limited to 100 pieces, each hourglass is US$12,000. (marcnewson.com)

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Rolls-Royce Umbrella

No more worries about forgetting to bring umbrella on a rainy day – if you’re a Rolls-Royce owner. With two hidden in-door umbrellas installed in every model from the luxury automaker (at approximately US$700 a pop), nary a drop of rain 
will spoil your arduous journey to the red carpet. (rolls-royce.com)


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The “World’s Smallest Rubik’s Cube”

Though it’s still beat by Tony Fisher’s 5.6mm version in the Guinness World Records, this miniature Rubik’s cube is the 
size of a single die. Pop it in your pocket and you’ve got the perfect brain-teaser to bring some smart fun during relaxation time. (urbanoutfitters.com)

Images: Courtesy of respective brands

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Here Comes the Sun


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

Here Comes the Sun


Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation 

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Here Comes the Sun

June 30, 2017 / by Charlotte Ligiée

Images: Courtesy of respective brands

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Artistic Endeavours


Take your pick of our design-inspired objets d’art – both decorative and functional – to brighten up any home

Artistic Endeavours


Take your pick of our design-inspired objets d’art – both decorative and functional – to brighten up any home

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Artistic Endeavours

April 28, 2017 / by Leung Pui Yee


Silo Clock

See it not merely as a clock, but a kinetic sculpture that tells the passage of time. With its name coming from the sound of the word “silhouette”, Silo captures the moments through a poetic display, evoking a changing shape that’s formed by thin-lined hour and minute hands as time goes by. (Poetic Lab, poetic-lab.com)


Immersed Birds

Inspired by the saturated colours of bird feathers, Mexican designer Moisés Hernández has chosen to mimic the plumage of toucan, hummingbird and Mexican quetzal with overlaying hues. The wooden Immersed Birds collection includes three unique bird designs with distinct personalities. Both the amount of colours and the way sections cross each other depend on the time and position the wood is plunged. (Moisés Hernández, moises-hernandez.com)


Facet Pendant

Whether standing solo or as part of a larger installation, this cutting-edge lighting decoration from Tom Kirk comes in a range of mirror-polished looks: stainless steel, gold, black nickel, satin bronze and satin gold. The internal finish is polished the same way as the external finish. (Tom Kirk Lighting, tomkirk.com)

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Two-Tone Vase

This charming Scandinavian two-tone vase from House Doctor remains stylish in timeless blue and gold shades, made with a delicate glass body and a firm brass base. With an evenly moulded shape forming a simple silhouette, this is an effortlessly chic item for any home. (House Doctor, en.housedoctor.dk)


Butterfly Ginkgo Candleholders

Emerging from designer Michael Aram’s fascination with the ginkgo biloba (or butterfly ginkgo) tree, on which the double leaves look like butterfly wings, this candleholder collection ups the fantasia factor. Delicately handcrafted in natural bronze and nickel plate, it’ll be sure to raise the luxurious aura in your home. (Michael Aram, michaelaram.com)


Swan Bowl

Making a powerful statement bowl for any feast, this large swan bowl combines detailed 19th-century porcelain inspiration and modern design grace, handcrafted with Limoges porcelain and decorated in 24K gold. Also available in black or white. (L’Objet, l-objet.com)


Agave Cabinet

Reflecting the process of making mescal, Mexican designer Héctor Esrawe created the Agave Cabinet to pay homage to the traditional Mexican liquor. In addition to its engraved presentation in black wood and brass, a series of porcelain bottles, cups and small trays are also available. (Esrawe Studio, esrawe.com)


Strongman Nutcracker

The Strongman Nutcracker from Italian designer Marcel Wanders’ limited edition Circus collection for Alessi brings festivity, fun and functionality to your kitchen. The little guy’s name is Marcello – and he claims to be the world’s strongest man. (Alessi, alessi.com)


Pennini Paper Basket

Milan-based decorative fashion and accessory brand Fornasetti presents this luxury paper basket – with the designer’s omnipresent whimsy, humour and eye for style. Using lithographic printing techniques, it’s been created with realistic graphics and meticulous details in vivid colours. (Fornasetti, fornasetti.com)


Atlantico

Honouring the heritage of Portuguese porcelain artisanry, the Atlantico collection from Porcel delivers a strong oceanic vibe, often identified with the country, in its dinner, tea and coffee sets. The deep-blue colour and liberal teardrop patterns remind one of a rainy day by the sea. (Porcel, porcel.com)


Mustang P51

Dubbed “the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence” in 1944, the P51 Mustang was the first US-built fighter in action after the fall of France. The scale model features a fully detailed cockpit with sliding cover and retractable main wheels. Measuring 26 x 29.5 x 10”, it’s hand-built in aluminium with a silver polish. (Authentic Models, authenticmodels.com)


Brew Cafetiere

Get yourself a proper cup of coffee with this sleek and sturdy copper cafetiere by Tom Dixon. With a futuristic look from its high-shine copper finish, it’s double-walled and has a volume of 750ml. (Tom Dixon, tomdixon.net)


Head Trip Byron

This one-eyed punk rocker named Byron is a one-of-a-kind decorative sculpture bearing designer Kelly Wearstler’s signature at the base. Handcrafted in Los Angeles, it features lapis, bronze spikes and a pyrite eye bezel in 18K gold. (Kelly Wearstler, kellywearstler.com)


Ida Variation #5 Tray

Featuring a woman’s portrait that’s been obscured in a modern artistic fashion, this made-in-France rectangular tray by Ibride will be a piece that you’ll proudly take out for all sorts of meals. It’s made of medium-density fibreboard and is suitable for the dishwasher. (Ibride, ibride.fr)


Knot Cushion

The Knot Cushion’s prototype stemmed from Icelandic product designer Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir’s question of how to deal with a teddy bear’s long legs in another project. The cushions use different types of knots from the influential 1944 encyclopaedia The Ashley Book of Knots. (Design House Stockholm, designhousestockholm.com)


Trapezium

Indulge yourself under the sea in the Trapezium armchair from Eichholtz. With its deep turquoise velvet finish and fine brass legs, you and your guests may be reminded of the fairy tale of the little mermaid, perched atop her shell. (Eichholtz, eichholtz.com)


Iris Floor Lamp

Designed by French designer Fabrice Berrux, the Iris Floor Lamp is endowed with white ribbon and high-powered LED lighting. As tranquil attribute as she is, Iris is sure to be your soulmate during evening reading time. (Dix Heures Dix, dixheuresdix.com)

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Chanel Emojis Light Up Your Phone Conversations


Chanel Emojis Light Up Your Phone Conversations


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Chanel Emojis Light Up Your Phone Conversations

March 13, 2017

Just as Karl Lagerfeld was blasting a space rocket out of the Grand Palais as part of Chanel’s A/W 2017 catwalk show, the brand released its first emoji set to celebrate its new Rouge Coco Gloss. The icons can be used on iPhone’s iMessage app (free on the App Store on phones using iOS 10.0 or above) to colour up your conversations with friends, lovers or anyone else in your contacts list. Like make-up, the emojis let you play with a wealth of possibilities. See how our characters Cruella and Snowy make best use of them in our chat below.

Images: Chanel; China Daily

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Drawing Conclusions


The Karlbox combines the creative talents of two distinctly different entities: Karl Lagerfeld and Faber-Castell

Drawing Conclusions


The Karlbox combines the creative talents of two distinctly different entities: Karl Lagerfeld and Faber-Castell

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Drawing Conclusions

September 30, 2016

On one side is the force behind one of the most acclaimed fashion brands in the world: Karl Lagerfeld. On the other is one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of writing instruments: Faber-Castell. It may seem a strange pairing indeed, but the two have come together magnificently for the limited edition Karlbox.

“To me, drawing is like breathing and writing. These are things that almost relax me,” explains Lagerfeld of his design inspiration behind the Karlbox. The set boasts 350 Faber-Castell instruments for illustration – including watercolour pencils, pastels, brush pens, graphite crayons and more – housed in a black wooden exterior. Within is a top tier for the basic accessories including erasers and sharpeners, and handy drawers that follow a colour chart for easy access. 

The 83-year-old Lagerfeld is truly a renaissance man. He’s the creative director at Chanel, designs for Fendi, draws political cartoons for the Frankfurt-based FAZ newspaper, photographs for numerous magazines and, of course, has his own eponymous fashion company. 

Limited to 2,500 serial-numbered pieces, the Karlbox is a unique expression of the symbiosis between artists and their tools. Put that pencil to paper and you’re set to be the next Lagerfeld. Now all you need is your own Choupette…

Images: Karl Lagerfeld x Faber-Castell

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The Pen is Mightier


Shakespeare inspires Montblanc’s latest Writers Edition pieces

The Pen is Mightier


Shakespeare inspires Montblanc’s latest Writers Edition pieces

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The Pen Is Mightier

September 30, 2016

Paying tribute to the greatest icons in literary history, German luxury writing instrument manufacturer Montblanc has issued its Writers Edition every year since 1992. This year, the strictly limited edition was inspired by William Shakespeare, honouring the English playwright’s life, spirit and work with two distinctive, stylish writing instruments.

The most exclusive version is the Writers Edition William Shakespeare Limited Edition 1597. The fountain pens are limited to 1,597 pieces in reference to the publishing year of Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. The pen has been beautifully designed in hues of red, blue, black and gold with exquisite guilloché patterns; these patterns in the barrel are overlaid with precious lacquer. The colours red and black specifically recall the flags that flew above the playwright’s theatre and proclaimed the genres of the performance – historical drama and tragedy, respectively. Another intriguing element is the clip ring, which is designed to echo the golden earring that Shakespeare wore in his iconic Chandos portrait. 

In the other release, the Writers Edition William Shakespeare Limited Edition, the black and white colouration also references the flags raised outside the theatre – black for tragedy and white for comedy. The octagonal black cap was inspired by the shape of the Globe Theatre. This version is limited to 8,700 pieces of the fountain pen and 9,000 of the ballpoint, 7,000 of the rollerball, and 1,300 of the full set including the fountain and ballpoint pens, rollerball and mechanical pencil. Each piece is uniquely engraved with an issue number on the cap.

Images: Montblanc

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High Roller


The gorgeous Wraith Luggage Collection from Rolls-Royce stays true to the brand’s essence of luxury

High Roller


The gorgeous Wraith Luggage Collection from Rolls-Royce stays true to the brand’s essence of luxury

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High Roller

September 30, 2016

Rolls-Royce is world-famous for its luxury cars – but it may become equally as famous for its luggage sets. The renowned British car manufacturer has released the Wraith Luggage Collection, a set of six bags designed to fit into the Wraith, Rolls-Royce’s powerful coupé.

The collection was designed in-house by bespoke designer Michael Bryden. Comprising two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one Garment Carrier, it’s characterised by carbon-fibre frames, mono or two-tone leather, machine-polished billet aluminium fastenings and widely spaced wheels with self-righting centres.

The Wraith Luggage Collection takes your bags to a new realm and reflects the unparalleled design aesthetics of the brand’s motor cars. Available at most Rolls-Royce dealers, it can be purchased individually.

Images: Rolls-Royce

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Forest on Wheels


A proper bike made of bamboo? Get ready to ride this cool creation by Craft Bicycle

Forest on Wheels


A proper bike made of bamboo? Get ready to ride this cool creation by Craft Bicycle

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Forest on Wheels

September 30, 2016

After years of research and tests, small Romanian company Craft Bicycle has created a true work of art – a bamboo bike featuring crisp lines and fine details that turns your everyday ride into an eco-friendly experience. Each lightweight frame requires 60 hours of labour, using natural hemp and high-quality bio-resin to link the bamboo elements.

Bamboo is actually a great go-green material for bicycle manufacturers. For one, it uses up to 35% less oxygen than other trees and can be grown sustainably. It’s also stronger than steel but as light as aluminium, and significantly more shock-absorbent than carbon fibre.

Though we seldom get the chance to ride around in the crowded, car-heavy metropolis of Hong Kong, we just can’t say no to a model with such unique design and exquisite craftsmanship.

Images: Craft Bicycle

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