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Head: In The Works(HKTDC Gifts, Premium & Stationery, Vol 04,2008)

Arts & Crafts

Accents & Designs Ltd's latest fairy-themed items include the hand-painted Tulip Yellow Fairy accessory stand (left) and Sweetpea Fairy wind bell

Sporting exquisite designs and quality, arts and crafts from Hong Kong are ideal gifts

Meticulous workmanship and a fine eye for detail are attributes of skilled craftsmen, just as the exquisite range of arts and crafts items offered by Hong Kong suppliers is an embodiment of their constant pursuit of perfection.

Epitomising the delicate artistry prized by discerning customers globally is Accents & Designs Ltd, a manufacturer of wooden toys, ornaments and decorations. Among its latest hits is the Tulip Yellow Fairy accessory stand (model FF-009), which was rolled out this year.

Standing 24cm high, the accessory stand is a fairy with a double-bun hairstyle, yellow wings and tulips painted on her skirt. "This is a decorative item, and there are some gold-coloured hooks at the 'hem' of the skirt that are designed for hanging earrings," says Manager Christina Tse. "The body of the fairy is made of wood and carved by machine, but the whole figure is hand-painted."

The accessory stand is from the company's Flower Fairy Series, which features items with different functions, such as the Poppy Fairy (model FF-001) that is an incense cone burner, and the Primrose Fairy (FF-006) that comes with a small cylindrical vase.

Another top-seller is the 2008-launched Sweetpea Fairy wind bell (model FF-005). It sports a fairy figurine of hand-painted wood from which dangle four hollow aluminium chimes. "The wind bell is meant to hang on windows and the aluminium tubes are designed to create pleasant soothing tinkles when the wind blows," Ms Tse notes, adding that the total length of the wind bell is 26cm, including the fairy and chimes.

Wall art

Interior decorations are also the forte of Welford Industries Ltd, such as its Wall Art wall-hung series, which comprises framed, matt-finish steel plates with intricately cut-out patterns reminiscent of fine paper cut art.

"These Wall Art decorations feature different types of leaf and animal patterns," says Executive Director Patrick Leung, "For example, we have one with broad leaf patterns, and another with fine palm tree leaves. The patterns are die-cut, which means special shapes are punched or cut out using a metal form." Each Wall Art item is priced at approximately US$8 FOB Yantian, he advises.

The company also manufactures candleholders, wire baskets and garden decorations, and supplies mainly the US, the UK, Germany and Japan. "Our products are lead-free, a requirement that is strongly emphasised in the US and Europe," Mr Leung stresses.

Moving from steel to glass, Premiere Collections Ltd boasts a range of elegant tabletop glass decorations such as a bull (model 3100 110 175) and a sail (model 7150 120 175), both auspicious items launched earlier this year.

"The sail indicates moving forward and the bull is a symbol of prosperity for the stock market. The idea for the bull item was actually initiated by an American customer, and we designed it and now offer it as a standard model," explains Director Roland Guettler, noting that both items come with a base. "Our figures are made of high-quality glass with no lead content."

For those who like to raise a glass to the finer things in life, a pewter wine goblet (model PGB03003) offered by Vinson Products Int'l Ltd comes in handy. "Its unit price is roughly US$24.99 FOB Guangzhou," says Director Tony Tsang, noting that the firm is an ODM/OEM of gifts, premium and houseware items.

"Our designers are based in Italy, and they are all artists with very high professional standards. Production is based in China and our items are all handmade," Mr Tsang says.

Opulent options

Catering to lifestyle connoisseurs with a taste for opulence is United Wilson Porcelain Fty, which makes ornate porcelain wares such as jars, basins and lamp shades for customers in the US, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Its finely crafted porcelain jar with intricate bronze decoration (model IA602(G)MB525), for example, costs US$605 each FOB Hong Kong/Shenzhen. "It has been a hit with customers since its launch 2-3 years ago," says Manager Nelson Chung.

"Historically, porcelain originated from China and French artists decorated porcelain wares with intricate bronze patterns. In the past, these products were found in the homes of royalty," Mr Chung explains.

"Our porcelain products are designed for very grand and beautiful homes, and they are all handmade using traditional methods. The porcelain is also painted by hand. To come up with new ideas, our designers frequently research history books and historical architecture such as palaces and the buildings of St Petersburg," he notes.

Clearly, class and elegance abound in arts and crafts creations from Hong Kong, where even more delightful pieces are always in the works to give consumers plenty of inspiration.


Fast Fact

Accents & Designs Ltd
Unit A, 4/F
Wah Shing Ind Bldg
18 Cheung Shun St
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-3106-2329
Fax: 852-2751-8563
Web: www.accents.com.hk
Year Established: 1990
Major Product Categories: wooden toys, ornaments and decorations
Own Brands & Certificates:-
Minimum Order: 2,000 pieces per design
Monthly Production: 100,000 pieces (assorted items)
Delivery Time: 90 days after deposit received
Factory Size & Location: 200,000 square feet; Zhaoqing
Workforce: 400
Kindly Industrial Co
Unit 8, 11/F, Blk B
Veristrong Ind Centre
34-36 Au Pui Wan St
Fo Tan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2687-2373
Fax: 852-2687-2171
Web: www.kindly-ind.com.hk
Year Established: 1992
Major Product Categories: polyresin decorations, water globes, photo frames,
candleholders, figurines, seasonal decorations
Own Brands & Certificates:-
Minimum Order: 1,000 pieces per style
Monthly Production:-
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: 50,000 square feet; Hui yang, Huizhou
Workforce: 300
Premiere Collections Ltd
Rm 811
Tai Yau Bldg
181 Johnston Rd
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2838-3378
Fax: 852-2838-0770
Web: www.ecocrystal.com.hk
Year Established: 1992
Major Product Categories: crystal, glass, gift items
Own Brands & Certificates:-
Minimum Order: 100 pieces per item, US$3,000 per invoice
Monthly Production:-
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: Shanghai
United Wilson Porcelain Fty
Unit B, 4/F
Hong Kong Ind Bldg
444-452 Des Voeux Rd West
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2819-3350
Fax: 852-2818-3128
Year Established: 1978
Major Product Categories: hand-painted porcelain
Own Brands & Certificates:-
Minimum Order: US$5,000
Monthly Production:-
Delivery Time: 75 days
Factory Size & Location: 15,000 square metres; Dongguan
Workforce: 500
Vinson Products Int'l Ltd
Rms B-D, 9/F
Gee Lok Ind Bldg
34 Hung To Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2344-1957
Fax: 852-2343-0170
Year Established: 1984
Major Product Categories: pewter ware
Own Brands & Certificates: ICTI
Minimum Order: 500 pieces
Monthly Production:-
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 20,000 square feet; Guangzhou
Workforce: 1,500
Welford Industries Ltd
Rm 1909
Asia Trade Centre
79 Lei Muk Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2427-9288
Fax: 852-2427-3198
Web: www.welfordind.com
Year Established: 1989
Major Product Categories: candleholders, wire baskets, wall art, garden decorations
Own Brands & Certificates: ISO 9002
Minimum Order: 600 pieces
Monthly Production: 60-80 FEUs
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 71,000 square metres
Workforce: 800