29 Oct 2008
Head: In The Works(HKTDC Gifts, Premium & Stationery, Vol 04,2008)
Arts & Crafts
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.
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.
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.
TEXT BY CHIARA WONG