Posts Tagged ‘ Hong Kong ’

That Tube Life.


There are various iterations of how urban dwellers will live in times to come, and of course, this is edged on by sci-fi films and various other architectural cityscape concepts. Above all, the vision of the future whether it be utopian or dystopian in your eyes is seemingly micro. One example of this is the OPod Tube Housing by Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture.

The OPod Tube Housing is low-cost, stackable micro-homes manufactured from concrete pipes. These pipes would be slotted in between building gaps rather similar to a game of Tetris. These concrete pipes are of course that of water pipes, transformed into a gorgeous 9.29 square meter home.

“OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low-cost, micro-living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems,” James Law said, envisioning that these adorable homes be aimed at “young people who can’t afford private housing.” Albeit this ‘apartment’ is somewhat of an underground water pipe at heart, it’s hard to knock the fun-loving industrial interior. Compiling everything a young city-dweller needs, the OPod Tubes comes complete with a fold out bed, shower, toilet, fridge, microwave, cooker, microwave, and more neat add-ons.

KAWS I Headed To Tokyo And Hong Kong.


Not long ago, KAWS took to Instagram to announce his upcoming solo exhibitions at contemporary art gallery Perrotin‘s Tokyo and Hong Kong locations. The Brooklyn-based artist will present new paintings that draw upon abstract pop art influences alongside visual reinterpretations of iconic pop culture figures. Moreover, new sculptures that portray KAWS’ iconic cast of characters such as Companion and Chum will be on display at both locations.

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‘Iron Man 3’ Opens to Massive $195.3 Million Overseas


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Marvel Studios and Disney’s Iron Man 3 has blasted into the stratosphere overseas, opening to $195.3 million from 42 markets to beat last year’s global blockbuster The Avengers, which debuted to $185.1 million internationally. Box office observers agree that Iron Man 3 is playing more like a sequel to last summer’s The Avengers — which featured a myriad of Marvel superheroes, including Downey’s Iron Man — than a follow-up to Iron Man 2, which posted a foreign opening of roughly $100 million in 2010. Iron Man 3 broke a slew of records, scoring the biggest weekend ever in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. It also scored the top Marvel opening in another raft of markets. The tentpole broke numerous records for 113 IMAX theaters, which took in $7.2 million for a per screen average of $64,000, coming in ahead of any Marvel title, including Avengers. Teaming Robert Downey Jr. with franchise newcomer, director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 opened at the international box office ahead of its May 3 North American launch, as Iron Man 2 did in 2010.

Hot Toys Show Off Their Iron Man Figure Using Holograms


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Hot Toys is most known for creating very detailed and amazing replications of characters from films and the property they’ve spent a lot of time on lately is Iron Man. Showing off some of their latest figures at a trade show in Hong Kong, the company put together this presentation of their Iron Man Mark VII armor from last summer’s The Avengers using some holograms like we would see in Tony Stark’s workshop.

Stylish Speaker BALLO


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Check out this creative speaker for your phone. The speaker BALLO for Hong Kong based brand OYO – Objects You Obsess provides massive sound for this tiny device. It comes with a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and is compatible with most audio devices. The 3.5mm jack is a regular plug for headphones. When pluged-in, the speaker turns on automatically. The design follows principles of minimalistic design. A colorful belt fuses two hemispheres. It protects the speaker and increases the bass tones when lying on a surface. The BALLO speaker is available in ten different colors. Its polycarbonate case makes it robust and perfectly portable.

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The HITGallery, Hong Kong


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The cool, clean, minimalist interior of the brand-new 100 square-meter retail store, the HITGallery, in the Times Square shopping center in Hong Kong. The elegantly retro store, designed by the talented Milan-based architect and designer, Fabio Novembre, is the first iteration of a new global multi-brand retail concept of the Pettoranello-based fashion house, Ittierre S.p.A. Ittierre holds the licenses, manufacturers and markets several brands, including Aquascutum, C’n’C Costume National, Galliano, GF Ferré, Fiorucci, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Pierre Balmain and Tommy Hilfiger Collection. The latest brand to sign with Ittierre is Jean Paul Gaultier, with his men’s collection launching in Fall/Winter 2013-14.

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The HITGallery boutiques, slated to open around the globe, features several, if not all, of the lines Ittiere represents. The next store in line will be the Milan flagship but in the meanwhile, Ittierre has just opened a 1,000-square-meter temporary store, IT’S 30 MANZONI, at Palazzo Scotti Gallarati in Milan’s luxury neighborhood. In a media release, Fabio Novembre is quoted as saying that The HITGallery stores capture the essence and spirit of Italy by, for example, taking inspiration from the surreal atmospheres of the artist Giorgio De Chirico.

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A Bathing Ape x Ferrari 458 Italia GT3


Ferrari Maserati celebrates new showroom opening in Repulse Bay, organized by Ferrari Maserati of Hong Kong and I.T hosted with special guest Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, a mark of collaboration of A Bathing Ape (a Japanese clothing company) with NIGO.

Jaegar-Le Coultre Reverso Special Batman Edition.


Jaeger-LeCoultre continues its presence in the Dark Knight trilogy in the blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” which released July 20th in the United States.  In the film, the character of Bruce Wayne, philanthropist and billionaire industrialist, wears the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Date.  The Reverso, iconic Swiss watch first created in 1931, has been part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, continuing its long association with the Batman franchise.  Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight Legend with a custom Reverso watch.  The watch is equipped with a flippable case that is stamped with the iconic Dark Night logo, while the front is outfitted with an art-deco inspired black dial.  In July, for fans of the series, Jaeger-LeCoultre will display the original Reverso in its Geneva, London, Los Angeles, and Hong-Kong boutiques.

The Canopy Tower.


“Boutique Design” has designed “The Canopy” which is a residential tower that aims to take advantage of Hong Kong’s geographic specifications.  The Canopy was created in order to blur the boundary between the modern interior spaces and the dramatic natural landscapes that surround the bustling metropolis.  Each apartment has the feel of a modern-day tree house, with luxurious interior spaces that open out onto a 525 square foot garden balcony.  The tower has an optimized structure with standard units to minimize the construction cost and can be easily reproduced into multiple towers, its green envelope making each tower unique and integrated into its natural surrounding.

The Capsule Lamp.


The Capsule Lamp has captured our imagination. The intriguingly interactive lighting fixture gleans its idea from the plastic toy capsules of vending machines.  Initially, the Capsule was designed by Hong Kong-based Design Systems Ltd for the Actif children’s wear brand, but it has now taken on a life of its own giving tinkerers and creatives another reason to customize and make it their own.  The main structure of the ceiling pendant is made of stained oak, and either without the capsules, or with just the empty capsules, it looks rather coolly Scandinavian.

But the fun starts when you attach the little plastic capsules – in any combination and quantity you like with all sorts of little treasures in them.  While the fixture comes with a set number of toys, we can envision hiding our own little personal items in the capsules. Or customizing each fixture for each room, with specific themed contents for the capsules? Flowers for one room, office supplies for another, jewelry for the next, sewing items and buttons for yet another. And what about an office or any other work place where team members get to decorate their own fixture above their work areas?

Chinese Rubber Band Typo


The Chinese Rubber band typo was designed by Hong Kong designer Che ManChing. Che ManChing’s design was of five of the unfortunate conflicts in Hong Kong that has happened at different times, such as; SARS, and the economic recession in Hong Kong. The generous design concept used rubber bands so that the people of Hong Kong can bend and can stretch the different colors interweaving the five key words of the five storms, expressing Hong Kong people united as one, regardless of good times and bad, are holding the resilient spirit.

Hong Kong’s Take On The ‘Ironman’.


Different people have their own personal takes on style and design.  In Hong Kong, a group of designers came together to create some new and inventive looks for Ironman.  These figure designers really went all out on their designs.  Check the method.

The Heart Ring.


Whether for friends or partners, let someone ‘take another little piece of [your] heart‘ with the ‘give you my heart’ ring by Hong Kong’s Innopark Design Studio. two well-placed cuts cleverly transform the continuity of a sterling silver band into a small inset heart shape, left either unfinished or plated in red.  They’re currently on the market for $78.

The New Movie Theater.


We don’t go to the movies to admire the theatre, but would it kill theatre owners to build even one with an edge? Time and time again, we are disappointed in the new, mega multiplexes that are boring beyond belief in their sameness and recycled ideas. So, we must admit that there is not much to celebrate but are seeing little glimmers of hope and ingenuity once in a while. One example is the AMC Pacific Place Cinema in Hong Kong refurbished by Hong Kong-based James Law. The entrance areas to the six auditoriums seating 600 in 1.2-meter wide leather seats plus the a VIP theatre for 39 offer some unusual eye candy, but I’d love to see more.  Check the method.

The World’s Major Cities… Then And Now.


Everyone knows that as time goes on, people grow, places change, and entire civilizations evolve, but seeing these types of changes in photographs really make the point hit home.  This collection of large cities from all over the world proves that better than just the thought.  From the city I reside in (San Francisco) to the Upsala Glacier in Argentina, you can see right before your eyes how much change has hit certain places.

The Space Yacht.


We’ve talked about a few spaceship-looking yacht concepts here before, but this one from John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs takes the cake. Why? Well, because it’s not a concept (it’s actually being built in China for a couple from Hong Kong).  Dubbed Adastra, this super-yacht comes from 5 long years of design work. When it’s completed it will stretch 139-ft and cruise along at about 22.5 knots. There will be room for about 9 passengers and crew of up to 6. Pushing this spacecraft through the sea will be a 1150hp Caterpillar C18 engine along with smaller, 110hp engines on the outer hulls.

The interior features everything you would expect to find in a yacht of this caliber, a dining area, bathroom, sunbed, lounge, bar and bedrooms. With all that luxury onboard engineers have gone to great lengths to make sure the boat remains light enough for low fuel consumption. For instance, things like cabinetry have been built with honeycomb style wood rather than solid pieces and many of the yacht’s components are made of carbon fiber.

Bell Ross Roulette Watch.


Bell & Ross‘s one-off timepiece for the Only Watch auction features a roulette design built on top of their popular BR 01 watch.  This timepiece, done in all 18k pink gold, is a tribute to the country of Monaco which will be hosting the Only Watch auction this upcoming September.  The “0″ number on the roulette wheel indicates the hours (there are 12 little diamonds on the outer edge of the dial for standard timekeeping), the roulette ball indicates the minutes. The roulette spinner which will rotate once every 60 seconds.  The auction will take place in Monte Carlo during the Monaco Yacht Show on September 22th 2011.  The watches will be exhibited in an eight-city tour that includes: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Milan and Geneva.

Valentines Day Is Right Around The Corner.


It’s been the source of much rumor and speculation around my community of colleagues as to what my plans for Valentines Day are, and all I can say is that its none of your business. lol.  But if you’re looking to whisk a loved one away this Valentine’s Day, several luxury hotels are offering special deals to tempt you.  Moevenpick is offering a full-on month of romance at all of its Middle East and Asian properties between February 1-28, which includes 50% off a second night, a romantic welcome gift and an in-room breakfast for two.  Luxury chain Four Seasons has turned the US city of Chicago into a romance hotspot, offering a free night for couples who splash out for a bottle of Dom Pérignon on February 14 at the Four Seasons Chicago and a ‘Sweetheart Special’ weekend menu at the deca Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel.

Its Las Vegas property is even offering a “Romance Concierge”, on hand to arrange romantic experiences such as a private dessert lesson with the hotel’s pastry chef, a picnic under the stars on the floor of the Grand Canyon and a private shopping experience at the Graff Diamonds store in Las Vegas.  Affinia Hotels in New York, Chicago and Washington are offering a Kiss & Tell Getaway, which includes a room upgrade (where available) and a turndown with sweets, rose petals and champagne from  $194 (€145) per night in New York City, $134 (€100) in Chicago and $204 (€152) in Washington, D.C.  In London, Swissotel‘s The Howard is offering a Valentine’s Day Tea special from £35 (€42), although staying in the luxury W London Leicester Square on February 14, its opening night, could be an equally good treat.

Big-spending  romantics may also want to check in to the InterContinental Hong Kong‘s HK$1 million Valentine’s Date, although it’s not for the faint-hearted.  The night, available February 11-14, includes a stay in Hong Kong’s largest Presidential Suite, chauffeured airport transfers in a Phantom VI Rolls-Royce (with a bottle of champagne en route), 1000 roses, a HK$150,000 shopping spree with a personal shopper, a custom-made menu from one of the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurants, a live string quartet in your suite, a champagne and caviar breakfast and — in case that wasn’t enough — a Valentine message displayed by banner via private boat, which can be seen from the suite’s terrace.  No matter what your budget is, or what your plans are, just spend your Valentines Day knowing that there is always SOMEONE out there that loves you.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.


The new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will be the tallest hotel in the world and there will be an infinity-edge pool on the top floor.  The current record for the highest hotel pool is the infinity pool on the edge of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, an open-air pool perched 55 stories up.  Like the Marina Bay Sands, the Ritz-Carlton pool will also be an infinity pool, but it will be located indoors on the 118th floor.

The hotel in the making will be the flagship property for the Ritz-Carlton in Asia, occupying levels 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre.  At the base of the ICC tower, the Elements shopping mall offers some of the finest luxury shopping in Hong Kong with brand names and international fashion brands fighting for space in this world-class location.

The building sits directly across Victoria Harbour and offers magnificent views of the harbor, Hong Kong Island and The New Territories.  The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is set to open March of next year. Rates at the hotel will start at 4,500 HKD, or $580, a night.

The Mira Hotel


Miami-based interior designer Charles Allem did an incredible job with The Mira Hotel, making it one of the most stunning hotels in Hong Kong. With its modern yet warm vibe and incredible lighting, the hotel has done its share to attract a younger, hipper crowd, but it is still predominantly patronized by working professionals.

Located on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, in the heart of one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping and commercial districts, The Mira Hotel is a short walk to the subway (MTR), bus links, as well as the Star Ferry. Adjacent to the hotel are a number of shopping malls, boutiques, bargain outlets, as well as your pick of cheap and upscale eateries.