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Wrap it Up


Christmas is nearly upon us, so get that shopping done with a few of our curated gift ideas – there’s certain to be something to satisfy everyone on your list

Wrap it Up


1分快三玩法Christmas is nearly upon us, so get that shopping done with a few of our curated gift ideas – there’s certain to be something to satisfy everyone on your list

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Wrap it Up

December 11, 2019 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium


Special edition chess set, Michael Aram

American artist Michael Aram crafts immaculate objets d’art – and this elegant chess set in a velvet case is no exception. The intricate pieces form a “medieval floral fantasy” in which the knights are unicorns and the kings are king protea flowers. Checkmate! ()

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AEO flamingo slippers, American Eagle

Oh, the weather outside is frightful – so slip into a pair of these proudly pink polyester flamingo slippers and pretend you’re basking with the birds in a tropical paradise instead. Even John Waters would be proud of your fabulous feet… ()

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24K gold-plated Pharaoh Lotus earrings, Begüm Khan

Acclaimed Turkish jewellery designer Begüm Khan makes a bold statement with these 24K gold-plated earrings in cubic zirconia, featuring a powerful lotus dangling from an Egyptian scarab beetle. Whimsical and surrealism-inspired, they’re the ideal accessory to give ’em something to talk about. ()

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Leica M10-P SC Asset, SC Asset x Leica

A Thai property developer and a German camera manufacturer – certainly a strange collaboration, but it absolutely works for this intricately engraved edition of the mirrorless digital rangefinder camera. It’s enveloped in uncoated pure brass (which develops a patina over time) and is limited to 30 pieces. ()

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Lil Stunna, Fenty Beauty

Rihanna brings the heat with this miniature version of the Stunna Lip Paint long-wearing liquid lipstick, in the deep-burgundy shade Underdawg. Equally classy and sassy, it’s a great stocking stuffer – and with its Christmas-ornament packaging, it’ll look great on the tree. ()

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Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée perfume, Hermès

Revered in-house perfumer Christine Nagel has a nose for what women want – and she’s channelled the peppery spirit of the Hermès girl in this daring, delightful fragrance with the vibrant heat of pink peppercorn, the freshness of rose and the enchantment of patchouli. ()

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Rocket Gift Set, The Body Shop

Blast off into outer space (and keep your body clean and hydrated) with this irreverent retro tin-rocket gift set filled with all sorts of festive goodies in coconut and strawberry, including shower gel and cream, a bath bomb and bubbles, and two hand creams. ()

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Solarius Eclipse Full Gold iPhone 11 Pro, Caviar

Ultra-luxe Russian brand Caviar unites the smartphone and haute horlogerie with this sleek, one-of-a-kind iPhone in blackened titanium and 750-content gold, with 137 diamonds shining on the body. The stunning mechanical watch features a face of composite onyx. ()

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Lukas Soup Monster tureen, L’Objet x Haas Brothers

The wild things are here… for lunch. Los Angeles-based artist-designers (and twin brothers) Simon and Nikolai Haas have created this quirky, extraordinary piece of textured earthenware, with a 24K gold-plated ladle that emerges as a curly antenna. ()

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Silverstar Luftballonauto, Donkey Creative Lab

Who said you needed petrol to get behind the wheel? This cute balloon-powered car harnesses the power of kinetic energy when it is propelled forward by the stream of air that escapes the balloon as it deflates. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines… ()

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Flex Sport wireless headphones, JLab Audio

Over-the-ear wireless headphones are pretty ubiquitous these days, but not many of them cater to the workout set. Enter the Flex Sport – a comfortable, non-slip sweatproof pair that features pass-through Be Aware Audio for safety, removable/washable earpads and a 20-hour battery life. ()

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Regal Christmas Hamper, Fortnum & Mason

A classy classic from the long-standing London department store, this bountiful basket has everything you’ll need to stay merry well into the New Year. Champagne, wine, biscuits, tea, preserves and a Christmas pudding – what more could you ask for? Available at Lane Crawford. ()

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MVP leather bocce ball set, Modest Vintage Player

Dating back to the Roman Empire, this traditional game (a close relative of British bowls and French pétanque) receives the upscale treatment. This set includes eight resin bocce balls, a “pallino” target ball and a measuring string, all in a swanky leather carrying case. ()

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Lipsticks armchair, Maurizio Cattelan

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan (of Art Basel banana fame) conjures the surreal while putting a smile on our faces with his 1950s-style Lipsticks armchair. Made of wood, polyurethane, metal and polyester fabric, the design of the 25kg chair is taken straight from Toiletpaper, a biannual art magazine set up by Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari in 2010. ()

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Pencil umbrella with fox handle, James Smith & Sons

Often used as a symbol of cunning and trickery, the fox appears in the folklore of many cultures. These 71cm handmade ladies’ umbrellas are conveniently sized, lightweight (370 grams) and strong. The ornate fox’s head is made from acrylic and is mounted on a beechwood stem finished with a gilt collar. ()

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Advent calendar, Pierre Marcolini

Have yourself a magical countdown to Christmas with this oversized snow globe-style winter landscape from luxurious Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. Inside, discover 24 different pralines for 24 moments of pure pleasure while you patiently await the arrival of Santa Claus. ()

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The Last Straw


Both environmentally friendly and posh, Tiffany & Co’s entry into the reusable straw landscape is a welcome addition

The Last Straw


1分快三玩法Both environmentally friendly and posh, Tiffany & Co’s entry into the reusable straw landscape is a welcome addition

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The Last Straw

September 26, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Image above: Tiffany & Co has recently released a new product: the Crazy Straw

Regarding the ever-growing environmental problem with non-recyclable plastics, the fashion world has made moves to address this, as have many other industries. Throwing its name into the ring, iconic jewellery brand Tiffany & Co has recently released a new product: the Crazy Straw. Unlike plastic straws that are used only once, this portable metal piece can be used over and over again.

 Shaped like a traditional straw, the Crazy Straw comes in three colours: sterling silver, rose gold vermeil and gold vermeil. The silver is priced at US$250, while the rose gold and gold ones each sell for US$350.

With so many consumers subscribing to the no-more-plastics principle, this fashionable reusable straw is a great choice for stylish people who also care about the environment protectors. Though cleaning these ornate bendy straws can be a bit of a headache, it’s a small price to pay for our future. Part of Tiffany’s luxurious Everyday Objects home and accessories collection, going green never looked so good.

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Funny Bones


A dark new timepiece from Bell & Ross laughs in the face of death

Funny Bones


1分快三玩法A dark new timepiece from Bell & Ross laughs in the face of death

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Funny Bones

August 15, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

A watch both bold and macabre, the new Bell & Ross BR 01 Laughing Skull might just remind you to live your life to the fullest and laugh in the face of death. Made from micro-blasted steel, the skull-shaped dial rests in a 46mm guilloché case decorated with a Clous de Paris finish. But there’s a surprise (spoiler alert) – it’s the first in the watchmaker’s line of death’s head timepieces to feature an automaton. As you wind the timepiece, the skull’s mandible moves up and down – real horror show. It may sound disquieting, but those of a fearless nature will know the skull and bones emblem has been used for centuries by warriors to remind them of their mortality. This one just does it with a chuckle.

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Waxing Lyrical


Enjoy this selection of luxuriously scented candles to brighten up your home this winter

Waxing Lyrical


Enjoy this selection of luxuriously scented candles to brighten up your home this winter

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Waxing Lyrical

December 1, 2017 / by Marine Orlova


The candles from Un Soir à l’Opéra invite you to experience the magic of the most beautiful ballets. Scented with pine, the Nutcracker is perfect to celebrate Christmas Eve – perhaps Rudolf Nureyev will even leap out of it? (unsoiralopera.com)


Marie-Antoinette said “Let them eat cake” during the French Revolution – and the famous Parisian macaron-maker Ladurée pays tribute to the young queen with this delicious brioche candle, a sweet and gourmet scent that especially suits cold afternoons. (laduree.fr)


English perfume house Penhaligon’s offers a great set of three miniature candles to accompany tea time. Take your pick from Earl Grey, Assam and Neroli scents to enjoy a restorative moment – just remember, pinky up. (penhaligons.com)

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For its holiday collection, Diptyque has created candles inspired by mythological animals. With its warm harmony of blood orange, smoky wood and clove, this fiery-orange candle will unleash the spirit of the dragon in your living room. (diptyqueparis.fr)


This handmade candle by Voluspa is perfect for illuminating your dining table. Not only is its decorated metal tin a treat for the eyes, but its sparkling brut champagne notes promise festive and heady nights. (voluspa.com)


To dive into a different time and place, infuse your home with this Astier de Villatte scented candle. Perfumed with green tea and white musk, it exudes the warm atmosphere of the thermal baths at Marienbad – a lovely destination for winter. (astierdevillatte.com)

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Experience la dolce vita with scented candles by Ortigia. Adorned with art deco palm trees and formulated with natural ingredients from Sicily, these two tiny candles will make you feel like you’re in the south of Italy. (ortigiasicilia.com)


Missing the sunshine? Take a deep breath of fresh air from the sunny, blooming Corsican shrubland. This organic candle by Casanera releases a bright scent of myrtle and everlasting flowers anytime you wish. (casanera.corsica)


Lifting the glass bell of a candle from L’officine Universelle Buly feels like stepping back in time. Get your candle adorned with your name by a calligrapher and light it with the scented match for the ultimate experience. (buly1803.com)


Maharadjah is the must have candle from the perfume house Nicolaï. Enjoy its subtle combination of lavender, sandalwood and patchouli and let it carry you to the warm Indian lands... A spicy scent to warm body, heart and soul. (pnicolai.com)


A master of wax since 1643, Cire Trudon is a must for candle lovers. Get tempted by the scent of Mademoiselle de la Vallière – just as Louis XIV was – and fall in love with the intoxicating fragrance of tuberose. (trudon.com)


Bring your illumination experience to the next level with this massage candle by Parks. Let its red wax liquefy into a sensuous, moisturising massage oil and light your darling’s fire with your soft caresses. (parkscandles.com)

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Gift Guide


1分快三玩法Whether shopping for your family or that special someone this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a choice from our curated selection of goodies  

Gift Guide


Whether shopping for your family or that special someone this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a choice from our curated selection of goodies  

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Gift Guide

December 1, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium


Arabesque gold-plated espresso cup holder and saucer, Merdinger

Jazz up your coffee with this golden espresso cup holder in fine bone china with a glossy ivory finish. The anise star-shaped geometrics and mathematical grids add an exotic touch to your tableware. (merdinger-online.com)


Ebony and diamond earrings, Fly Me to the Moon collection, Noor Fares

These wing earrings by London-based Lebanese designer Noor Fares are crafted with carved ebony and 18K gold, and embellished with diamonds. The designer is inspired by Asia and the symbolism of jewels. Let me play among the stars… (store.noorfares.com)


Italica eau de parfum, Xerjoff

Founded by Italian perfumer Sergio Momo, Xerjoff offers luxurious fragrances in packages that are works of art. According to Momo, both women and men can wear this scent in style. Exclusive to Harvey Nichols. (harveynichols.com)

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Un Automne à Pekin ring, Lydia Courteille

French designer Lydia Courteille’s latest collection is infused with Chinese elements and inspired by feng shui. Crafted with 18K black rhodium gold, black diamonds, yellow sapphires and other precious gems, this is a special ring on your finger.(lydiacourteille.com)


Holiday 2017 Gifting Collection, NARS

This year, the NARS holiday collection gets a modern-art makeover. Paying homage to the works of American visual art master and photographer Man Ray, this cosmetics set looks very artsy indeed. (narscosmetics.com)


Christmas Gift Set – The Body Care Trio, John Masters Organics

This body care gift set from US-based John Masters Organics exudes a floral, fruity aroma – the trio includes a lemon and lime body scrub, geranium and grapefruit body wash, and body milk. (johnmasters.com)


Jasmine Balm botanical perfume, Earth Tu Face

This handmade, solid botanical perfume is infused with pure jasmine and safflower oils, as well as raw beeswax. It comes in a delicate seashell box. (earthtuface.com)


Sonorous X headphones, Final Audio Design

This one’s for the music fan in your life. The Sonorous series offers high-end headphones with the balancing air movement mechanism and a driver unit, which is integrated into a front plate in machined aluminium and a titanium diaphragm. (snext-final.com)


19 Degree collection in aluminium matte black with rose gold, Tumi

This limited edition collection by Tumi oozes class, featuring matte black and rose gold in a modern design for your luggage. Available in various sizes, too. (tumi.com)


Revival RD70 digital radio with alarm(Scion edition), Roberts

Originally designed in 1956, the Revival portable radio was inspired by a handbag that designer Harry Roberts’ wife had. The revisited makeover features cute little hedgehog prints and an alarm function. The Scion design is exclusive to British department store John Lewis. (johnlewis.com)


Vélo Doré pizza cutter, DOIY

You probably need a better pizza slicer – so why not make it a cute one? This stainless steel bicycle slicer cuts your perfect pie with its two wheels. Available at the Paris-based lifestyle concept store Fleux. (fleux.com)


Christmas Mail sweetie box, Candyhouse

At Christmas, confections are always a good idea – this mailbox is filled with a mix of retro sweets, making for a merry gift for children and a treat for any adult with a sweet tooth. Available at Harrods. (harrods.com)


The Grosvenor Christmas hamper, Harrods

Packaged in a traditional wicker basket, this hamper from luxury department store Harrods features tempting British delights – organic mince pies with brandy, cranberry and clementine fudge, Christmas pudding, chocolate, spiced tea and coffee. And let’s not forget that Christmas bear! (harrods.com)


Bambi chair, Takeshi Sawada

This cute children’s chair by Japanese designer Takeshi Sawada references the beloved Disney deer; it’s crafted from European oak and walnut, upholstered with faux fur. Available from Copenhagen design brand Elements Optimal. (eo.dk)


Thambar-M 1:2.2/90mm lens, Leica

The brand’s first and only soft-focus lens can create a dreamlike effect that looks romantic for portraits. It’s named for the Greek term thambo, which means “to be blinded by beauty”. (leica-camera.com)


Magic Carpet, J Skis

Looking for some cool skis? Get on the magic carpet and make a statement at the resort – and the chalet. Limited edition of 200 pairs. (jskis.com)

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Tree House


1分快三玩法The Hong Kong-based eco-wood furniture brand combines sustainability and style

Tree House


The Hong Kong-based eco-wood furniture brand combines sustainability and style

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Tree House

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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As the late couturier Alexander McQueen once said, “There is no better designer than nature.” Not only is nature a perfect source of inspiration, it’s also great for embracing the place we live. Today, instead of travelling to a cosy Swiss wooden chalet, you can cultivate your own heaven at home – starting with some organic wood furniture.

Planting its roots in Hong Kong in 2005, local furnishings brand Tree provides a total home styling solution using eco-materials from recycled teak to sustainably sourced walnut and oak, for urban dwellers who prefer a minimalistic, understated design. A furniture business built on the consumption of wood, the company has planted more than 70,000 new trees and counting through a partnership with Indonesian reforestation foundation Trees4Trees.

1分快三玩法Tree’s back-to-basics principle mixes style and practicality – take the woven Joe chair, which features FSC-certified kraft paper and uses the traditional Lloyd loom style – a weaving process invented in 1917 in which the kraft paper is twisted around metal wire for durability.

For artistic accents, the brand’s smaller objects can inject colour and creativity into any space. Enter the paint-dipped lamp and the petrified wood bookend; the former is hand-dipped in vibrant hues, while the latter is the product of a fossilising process and features a polished surface over the organic, raw edges of wooden slabs.

1分快三玩法A study room or home office should be able to enable its inhabitants to focus on productivity and the task at hand, which is why it’s important to create an environment of comfort. Tree’s products are aimed at this demographic, so the brand also provides project styling services for residential and commercial properties.

Maintaining your Tree house is quite simple – just clean the pieces with a damp cloth, rather than the usual furniture cleaners or wax. Live in the place you love, and you’ll love the place you live.

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Soothing Soak


After thousands of years, taking a bath is still the best way to unwind

Soothing Soak


After thousands of years, taking a bath is still the best way to unwind

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Soothing Soak

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

1分快三玩法With today’s fast-paced, technology-driven lifestyle, it’s become a true luxury to set some time aside for a proper bath – you know, the kind you can soak in and lose yourself in thought, as you put that phone out of sight and focus on the well-being of your body and mind.

1分快三玩法The art of soaking is an ancient one indeed. Around 800BCE, Greek mythology made mention of blessed pools and springs that could cure disease. In the modern era, domestic heating advancements in the 19th century led to plumbed hot water systems, which made a warm bath possible for homeowners.

Today, a beautiful bathtub truly elevates the level of enjoyment. Enter the freestanding bathtubs by British brand Victoria + Albert, which are crafted through a modernistic design but retain a simplistic, classical form of elegance. Each model is hand-finished in South Africa. The brand is well-known for its QuarryCast composite, which combines the natural properties of Volcanic Limestone (the proprietary name for its bathtub-friendly white rock) with modern resins. The unique formula was developed in 1996; its natural properties achieve the glossy, standard white of the tubs and strengthen their resistance to thermal shock and UV light – ultimately making the tubs strong enough for outdoor use.

Victoria + Albert’s freestanding bathtubs are distributed in Hong Kong through its network of accredited retailers. Visit vandabaths.com/asia for more information.

Images: Richard Best Architecture; Victoria + Albert; Techne Architects

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The Wright Stuff


To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, Danish toymaker Lego has produced a scale model of the American architect’s final masterpiece

The Wright Stuff


1分快三玩法To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, Danish toymaker Lego has produced a scale model of the American architect’s final masterpiece

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The Wright Stuff

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

New York City’s Solomon R Guggenheim Museum marked Frank Lloyd Wright’s final design before his death in 1959 – and who better than Lego to bring the building into homes around the world? The model captures in detail the curves and distinctive lines that made Wright’s design one of New York’s best known (and most polarising) landmarks. It even features a couple of yellow cabs plying their trade on the adjacent Fifth Avenue. With more than 740 pieces, the model is quite a challenge – Lego rates its difficulty as 12+. The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is available for US$80 on the Lego.com store.

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