Last weekend was a public holiday in china, so to optimise my holiday time I had a brief trip to a humid Hong Kong.
Getting on the design trail with trendy shops and furniture. Here are some quick pics and hot spots that I though I'd share.
Hong Kong is a real mashup of East and West, with the familiar of 3prong plugs, double decker buses, cabbies that speak English and areas like Stanley, Aberdeen and Hollywood street.
You don't even need to scratch the surface to see how deep routed it really is in Chinese culture, the combination is magical as the t-shirts say I <3 Hong Kong!
First Stop Innermost who sell work by designers like: Jake Phipps, Corinna Warm, Jarrod Lim. They have a showroom in Hong Kong and London.
There are so many cool little design boutiques like this one Konzepp which had design and fashion from all over the world.
I treated myself with a little memento, these cool leather earrings by Korean designer Kim ji yeon.
Loveramics, had a great eclectic mix of ceramics, I couldn’t resist the Tripod Salt and Pepper by Simon Stevens.
Many of the clothes shops had that cool east London vibe to them.
Another good design/interior/gift shop is GOD (Goods Of Desire) the websites a bit rubbish but the product and display is great, here you can see one a huge suspended light, the smaller version can be seen all over the night markets of Hong Kong and can also be bought in GOD.
Next stop was a scale up Lane Crawford, the Harvey Nicks of the East. They have designer fashion and furniture. There are 4 stores in Hong Kong & I managed to see 3.
Also spotted the newly launched Carve Round Tables by G&T.
Also spotted the Barton Collection designed by Sir Terence Conran for Ercol, I love the proportions and the simple handle detail.
Loved this display of the new Victoria Beckham collection, really wish I could afford some of it!
Next stop Horizon Plaza, 28 Floors of Fashion and Furniture discount stores; not for the faint hearted.
From old colonial, to modern to traditional oriental antiques, if you have the stamina you can find it.
My highlight was discovering Nook they had a really considered ranging and simple but cool store concept.
The obligatory stop off in the apple store and we weren’t alone.
OTHER NON DESIGN SPOTTING:
Some things that were too good to miss out the blog.
Tung Choi Street, otherwise known as the Goldfish market for obvious reasons. Rows of shops selling a huge variety of fish, makes me think of finding Nemo.
Would make a great jigsaw.
The Ladies market in Mongkok. The best thing is the vendors don’t hassle you, you are left to browse! Quite a contrast to mainland China markets where I have been chased before with a market owner giving me his ‘best price’.
Tasteful and comfortable mouse mats.
Sooo many USB sticks.
Angry Bird pants….they’re taking over the world!
I also saw the Avengers (in 3D unfortunately) as it was released earlier that China. 3D messed up the scale a bit though!
Labour day protests about pay for domestic workers.
Taxi driver with 7 phones and a SatNav, think he had been to the technology market.
Slight information overload at Wan Chai Technology market.
Then a final stop off in the lovely Stanley, with sea a market and even fish and Chips.
Yes that’s Size XXXXXXXXL.
And then home….