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Bon Appetit(HKTDC Houseware, Vol 01,2009)

Tableware

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Stechcol Enterprise Ltd whets diners' appetites with glazed fruit-motif cup-and-saucer sets

Hong Kong dishes up tasteful tableware that is a feast for the eyes and satisfies diners' hunger for epicurean pleasures

Be it for a grand party or just tea for two, Hong Kong manufacturers serve up fine tableware that promises to complement any dining occasion.

A leading example of Hong Kong's expertise is China Pearl (HK) Ltd's durable stoneware, which is proving popular in European and US markets. Among the firm's latest offerings is the Bali dinnerware range that blends exotic Southeast Asian flavours with timeless, simple western designs.

"This range of stoneware was launched earlier in 2008 at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, where it was well received by buyers from Europe and the US," says General Manager Anna Lam. "Sales have grown steadily since."

While the exteriors of all pieces in the collection are a rich dark chocolate colour, their interiors sport different colours that divide the range into six series: Bali Yellow, Bali Mocha, Bali Carmine, Bali Carmel, Bali Green and Bali Blue.

"The collection is named after the holiday island of Bali in Indonesia, and by mixing and matching the dark chocolate colour on the outside with the earthy tones on the inside, we hope the items can bring a touch of the tropics and the feel of nature into people's dining rooms and evoke an exotic and relaxing ambience," explains Ms Lam.

"The range is designed primarily for people who lead a Western lifestyle, so it does not include chopsticks and the like," she adds.

Glazed with a glossy finish, each dinner set contains 16 pieces, although orders are also accepted for smaller sets such as one that comprises a 10.5-inch dinner plate, a 7.5-inch side plate, a 6-inch bowl and a full-bodied mug of 10.5 ounces.

Displaying more chic and contemporary style is the company's Mono range, which is also colour-divided into six series: black, white, slate, moss, cream and sky. A matt glaze finish renders an enhanced pastel effect onto the subtle colours of nature gracing this collection, which Ms Lam says appeals to European buyers.

The Mono line has similar-sized pieces to the Bali range, and both collections also include accessories such as salad bowls, sugar bowls, creamers, cappuccino cups and saucers. The two ranges meet both FDA and California Proposition 65 standards.

Fans of more classic styles will like the bone china collections from ceramic decal printing specialist Stechcol Enterprise Ltd, such as the Glazed Fruit Motif Cup and Saucer set (model S13579).

"This European antique-style tea set comprises a cup, saucer, side plate and stainless steel teaspoon," says Sales Director Chim Kim Chong. "The spoon's gold-tipped handle is made of bone china, and the set is available in a dozen colours, including blue, purple, green and sharp red."

This model, which can be expanded to 15 pieces, features a fire-glazed glossy finish, and each piece is painted in gold on the rim. The interior of the cup is hand-printed with a colourful motif of summer fruit such as peaches, berries and grapes.

"The gold content in the paint ranges from 10%-16% depending on the client's preference," says Ms Chim.

A top seller in Europe, Russia, Korea and the Middle East, the set is dishwasher-safe and, like all other tableware made by Stechcol, meets FDA standards, she advises.

Also sporting cheerful designs - but this time in the form of colourful butterflies - is a dolomite serving ware series from Winley Industries (FE) Ltd.

"The butterfly is a popular theme in Europe and the US at the moment, so this line of serving ware is selling quite well in those markets," advises spokeswoman Vivian Chan.

Set against the cream and beige background are motifs of butterflies in various sizes, which are printed using a mixture of hand and decal printing techniques.

"Apart from being a more flexible material to work with for crafting and shaping, dolomite can also channel the vibrancy and liveliness of colours more effectively," she notes, adding that the collection meets FDA standards.

Offered under the company's own William James brand, the series comprises 20-plus pieces, all with a glossy glaze finish. They include a 15.75x7.5-inch rectangular sandwich platter and a compote with a diameter of 10.5 inches. Besides, the series features a variety of bowls and platters as well as accessories such as a pitcher, a trivet and a tea pot.

Such delightful tableware from Hong Kong is certain to whet the appetites of diners, who are bound to ask for more.

TEXT BY RICO NGAI

Fast Fact

China Pearl (HK) Co Ltd
Rm 1201
Lippo Sun Plaza
28 Canton Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2736-0038
Fax: 852-2375-3298
Email:
info@chinapearl.com
Web: www.chinapearl.com
Year Established: 1993
Major Product Categories: stoneware tableware
Own Brands & Certificates: Thomson Pottery; ISO 9001
Minimum Order: one TEU
Monthly Production: 2 million pieces
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: 800,000 square feet; Henan
Workforce: 1,200
   
Dragon Seeds Overseas Development Co Ltd
Rm 40, 9/F
Sino Ind Plaza
9 Kai Cheung Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2384-4443
Fax: 852-2770-1380
Email:
marketing@dragon-seeds.com
Web: www.dragon-seeds.com
Year Established: 1989
Major Product Categories: tableware, dining gift sets, teapot sets
Own Brands & Certificates: Alice Wong, Door ?*??? ?Mark
Minimum Order: US$8,000
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: Shenzhen
Workforce: 100
   
Stechcol Enterprise Ltd
15/F, Blk B1
Central Mansion
270-276 Queen's Rd Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2815-7636
Fax: 852-2854-0568
Email:
chim.kc@stechcol.com
Web: www.stechcol.com
Year Established: 1995
Major Product Categories: fine bone china, fine porcelain tableware, tea sets, dinner sets
Own Brands & Certificates: Stechcol; ISO 9001, ISO 14001, China Top Brand, Int'l SGIA Award
Minimum Order: 3,000 pieces per sets per design
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 60-90 days
Factory Size & Location: Shenzhen
Workforce: 500
   
Wing Tai Ming Kee Co Ltd
Flat A, 4/F
Kin On Commercial Bldg
49-51 Jervois St
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2543-5277
Fax: 852-2545-9791
Email:
wtmkjim@hkstar.com
Web: www.wtmk.com.hk
Year Established: 1994
Major Product Categories: porcelain, stoneware, bone china dinner sets
Own Brands & Certificates: Jim's
Minimum Order: one TEU
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: -
Workforce: -
   
Winley Industries (FE) Ltd
10/F
Winfull Commercial Bldg
172-176 Wing Lok St
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2544-9622
Fax: 852-2815-1036
Email:
cwktrisa@netvigator.com
Web: www.winleyindustries.com
Year Established: 1973
Major Product Categories: dinnerware and tabletop accessories
Own Brands & Certificates: Trisa, William James, Bellarte
Minimum Order: one TEU
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: Chaozhou, Tangshan
Workforce: -