October 05, 2017

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毛髮毛天的寵物

據ziinlife非正式統計,香港人平均每三個朋友就會有一個兼職「貓奴」或「狗奴」,而小編就是其中一位資深奴才。或許牠們天生就帶有一種獨有的氣質,能輕易擄走我們孤獨、空虛的心。因此即使生活在香港這種居住環境超狹窄的城市裡,仍然會有很多人願意騰出蝸居裡的小空間與心愛的小寵物分享。

Having a pet at home has become a big part of life for many people; whether you live in a small apartment in big city like Hong Kong, or you live out in the countryside with lots of space to move around, it is nice to keep a good company like a lovely pet at home. 

 

雖然作為貓奴的我們心甘情願為寵物們奉獻時間、心力,但有些問題卻老是常出現,例如掉毛~無論大貓小狗,長毛短髮,牠們都會有意無意地留下「路經此處」的踪迹。樂觀的我雖然會理解為牠們刻意製造與主人的溫馨互動時光,但有時亦希望著那動人時光不用常重播…

Either way, I'm pretty sure most of pet owners face the same inevitable challenge - hairy hair. May your beloved pet be a dog, a cat, or a rabbit, they always leave behind a lot of hair like the most dominant trace of their adorable existence. Wherever they sit on, usually your couch, bed, or carpet, the area becomes a mini fur-land. 

每天看見可愛的寵物固然心情愉快,可是不能忽視與可愛一同奉上的毛毛問題。完全避免毛毛是mission impossible,不過坊間還是有不少減低影響的方法。各位愛pet如命的朋友們,在受盡外來毛髮困擾,該如何處理問題呢?

As much as you love your pets, you probably do not have the same passion for their hair. The frustration is real, and we should face the challenge and find ways to tackle it! 

There are several things you can do to keep pets' hair away. Being an owner, you'd sometimes find it extraordinary how much hair a pet drops per day. While it's almost impossible to avoid their hair, you want to still take some precautions and keep their hair impact at its minimum. 

處理寵物毛髮最基本的肯定是「防範」。定時定候幫小動物掃毛、洗澡等動作都能有效控制脫毛問題。此外,在家準備一個馬力大的吸塵機是常識,花錢也必須要買一個~下面順便介紹一些小工具給大家處理動物毛髮吧!

First step in 'hair management' - prevention, prevention, prevention! Grooming your pet frequently is definitely a good way to keep their hair at bay, and vacuuming is also essential to get rid of hair at home and on furniture. Below is a list of items you can use to groom or remove/prevent hair: 

  • 膠手套:這是處理被毛毛困擾之傢具的最佳工具之一!便宜、容易買是它的特點,手套帶上手,一下搽在梳化之類的家具上,毛毛蕩然無存,不妨一試!

    Rubber gloves: this is probably one of the more popular ways to deal with pet hair on furniture and/or fabric. You simply put a pair of rubber gloves on and rub on the furniture in one direction, and watch the fur ball grow! This method is so effective that about 98% of hair can be picked up on first wipe! 

  • 乾海綿:它們也是隨手可得的工具之一,乾濕兩用均可!
    Dry sponge: you can also use a dry sponge to pick up hair. And to make it even more effective, you can slightly damp the sponge before use. 
  • 梳化套、小:這是最直接了當的解決方法。
    Slip covers or blankets: an easiest way to prevent hair on your furniture is to place a cover over the surface, so that you can exchange for a new cover each time it gets hairy/messy. Also, just like bed covers, you get to choose a pattern and color you like and change it all the time, so it looks like you have new furniture :)
  • 一把好梳:面對不同毛髮面積的寵物,應該以不同的梳處理。例如厚毛髮可以用像古代種田用的犁頭般的梳來梳理,長毛髮就最好出動幾把不同梳頭的梳來打理。也有很多人喜歡使用連帶著梳的手套,好處在於能輕易梳理寵物毛髮之餘,也讓寵物感覺被人撫摸一樣,一舉兩得!
    A good brush: different types of brushes are designed for different level of hair density. For example, use a 'rake-like' brush for pets with an undercoat, and a combination of different brushes for long-haired pets. Gloves with a built-in brush are also very popular among pet owners because that make brushing feel like petting, therefore very enjoyable for your pets!
  • 有黏性的東西都可以,如普通封箱膠紙、膠紙捲棒等。
    Lint-roller and duck tapes: basically anything that sticks!
  • 微纖維毛巾:乾濕兩用,比一般棉質毛巾更能有效去除毛髮Micro-fiber cloth: use it damp or dry, either way it is a good tool for removing pet hair on furniture. 

以上是一些遇到毛髮後的應變措施,有些主人會尋求一些阻止問題出現的方法。雖然這真是極之困難,但這裡也可以給大家一些在買傢具,如梳化、床等的時候,選擇布料的建議。動物毛髮一般不會黏在真皮傢具上,可是這對於素食者和環保人士來說不是一個很理想的材料,而且價錢相對較高。

Some people want a more direct way, and it can be from the every beginning: choosing your furniture! Essentially, leather surfaces don't attract hair much, but if you're a vegetarian, an environmentalist, or simply someone who does not find leather furniture appealing, this may not be a solution for you. 

所以還是重點介紹不同種類布料的黏毛本性吧!畢竟,布藝傢具始終是很多人的首選。

Fabric is nice, and comes with a lot of varieties, but there are things you should keep in mind if you have a pet at home. 

天鵝絨等絨布雖然漂亮,但是極度黏毛。坊間有絨布為材料的黏毛棒這一事實已經清楚說明絨布黏毛的特性。所以家裡有寵物的話,千萬不要貪好看買了天鵝絨或燈芯絨等絨布做為傢具啊!

Material/ fabric such as velvet and corduroy attract hair like crazy, you should notice how amazingly a velvet lint-roller works, and you'd want to turn away from these fabrics if you don't want your home turned into a hairy disaster. 

 

其實不黏毛的布料有很多,例如絲和色丁布,它們出名柔滑,毛髮掉在上面,一下便滑下來了!可是這種布料纖維太纖細,經不起粗暴對待,很容易被寵物抓一下,咬一口便爛掉。另外就是人造纖維,比如尼龍。人造纖維和絲一樣不吸引毛髮,可是這類型布料容易引起靜電,萬一毛髮掉在人造纖維上,要清理便會很困難。

Silk and satan are the opposite of hair attraction but because of their delicate nature, they are not great to be around pets whose nail and teeth are sharp. Synthetic material such as spandex and nylon also repel hair but because they are prone to static cling, it's hard to remove hair from these materials if there's any. 

 

那麼,有什麼布料是堅韌、不會產生靜電、又不吸引毛髮呢?其實平凡如牛仔布、毛線面料便是很好的選擇。所以如果希望在梳化或其他傢具上放一塊遮蓋布的話,可以選擇以牛仔布或毛線編織。又或者那天您穿著牛仔褲,便可以放心和寵物玩耍,不用擔心整個屁股都黏上毛毛啦!

Fabrics that don't attract much hair, and do not go crazy on static are denim and wool/ acrylic. That being said, when you want to put a cover on your couch, you may go for a denim or a knitted one. Or if you're wearing jeans that day, you can be somewhat sure sharing your bed or sofa with your pet isn't going to turn into a mess later. 

 

 

要完全杜絕寵物毛髮雖然是不可能的事情,可是適當瞭解一些可靠的預防或解決方法,可以使我們的生活便會變得愉快輕鬆不少!

There is no absolute best way to solve the messy pet hair situation, but if you know these tricks, they will make your life so much easier! 

September 28, 2017

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如何運用顏色提升室內空間感?

 

裝修第一步 - 油牆。挑選顏色的大前提當然是自己或家人喜歡的顏色。但除了喜歡以外,其實還有一些細節令家居變得好看之餘,也能給我們視覺特效!顏色雖然是2D,但它有足夠能力使圍繞家居的立體空間產生變化。

The first thing most people do after moving into a new home is to pick a paint color for the walls. Reasonably enough, most people go for a color they or their family members like. But aside from your favourite color, there are other considerations we should factor in. Color is a magical thing that can play trick on our eyes and give us amazing optical illusions. Remember: being practical is as important as looking good. 

 

這篇文章包含了幾個較為重要的原則,也非常簡單。只要大家學會如何有效配色,便可以輕鬆使家居變得有格調! 

In this blog entry, I have included a few essential and simple rules for choosing the right color. Once you learn the tricks, you can easily turn your apartment into your dream home! 

 

入正題之前,先簡單介紹一下配色的三個基本元素,就是明度(Value)、色相(Hue)和飽和度(Saturation)。

Before we talk about mixing and matching, let's first get to know the three basic elements of colors, which are: value, hue and saturation.  

 

明度 - 這是用來形容顏色的光暗程度。假設你將一個帶有灰色的濾鏡放在某個顏色之上,顏色會隨之變暗。不同程度的灰色影響顏色的明暗程度,這就是顏色的明度。明度的重要性在於它能有效地為空間製做視覺效果;換言之,在挑選顏色的同時,要懂得選擇合適的明度,這樣才能令空間看起來更寬躺、更舒適。

V A L U E - it can be understood as the lightness or darkness of a color. Imagine placing a greyscale (a range of white, grey and black) filter on top of a color, the lightness of the color changes depending on the intensity of the grey placed on it. 

Choosing the correct color value can help create spatial illusions, that's why it is important to correctly match your furniture and paint. 

 

色相 - 最簡單地,色相可以理解為「顏色」。什麼顏色併在一起好看,如何將兩種或以上顏色放在一起來營造和諧感覺,應該是大家最常考慮到的問題。顏色互相輝映,就是「互補色」。比如說,在一間牆面是深藍色的房間,放進一些橙色的傢俱或佈置品,可以令房間的藍色變得突出,因為橙色和藍色是對方的「互補色」,它們是很合適的一組配搭。以下圖表列出了一些其他顏色的互補色,給大家參考一下:

H U E - it refers to a 'pure color', one that has not been added white or black to it. Basically, choosing the right hue, or color for your home is an essential part of decorating. 

When choosing a hue, you want to consider the amount and importance of the hue. You also want to learn how colors compliment each other. For a room that is painted blue, you'd want to add a bit of its complimentary color, orange, to make the blue stand out. 

Here's a list of colors that compliment each other: 

 


↑互補色即圓形圖表上對著面的顏色/complimentary colors are the ones opposite to each other on the pie

 

飽和度 - 顧名思義,這代表顏色的濃烈程度。濃烈的顏色用得其所,可以為事務添上生氣,不過有些情況下,太濃烈的顏色會為我們帶來壓逼感,所以必須小心挑選。

S A T U R A T I O N - it is the intensity or purity of a color is known as saturation. While hue stands for a color, saturation is the intensity of a hue. High saturation on a Christmas card might make the recipient feel cheery, but it might not work as well on a wall. 

 

 

 

不同的色彩給人不同的感覺,包括膨脹感、收縮感、前進感、後退感、上升感、下墜感等。因此,在佈置家居的第一步,挑選最佳牆面顏色很重要,尤其在香港這種寸金尺土的地方,好好利用顏色來營造視覺效果這一點非常重要。

Colours play trick with our minds, and can do wonders to our interiors. Colors give us various feelings, some make the space looks bigger and the ceiling higher, some achieves the exact opposite. From wall paint to furniture, it is important to choose the right colors in order to visually enlarge our space, especially in Hong Kong where it is known for tiny apartments.

 

在一個細小的空間裡,使用有「後退感」的顏色可以讓空間看起來大一點。什麼是「後退感」顏色呢?只要掌握明度、色相和飽和度的調配,大部分你喜歡的顏色都可以做出「後退感」。有「後退感」顏色就是高明度,低飽和度的冷色系。簡單地說,任何冷色系的顏色,如藍、綠、灰等,不要太濃烈的色彩,亮一點,就可成為一個不錯的牆色選擇。飽和度太高(顏色太濃烈)的暖色系顏色,會為我們帶來「膨脹感」;像鮮紅、鮮黃,看似來很有生氣,很喜慶,但原來塗在細小房間內的牆面上,會有如烈日一樣使人感覺壓逼、刺眼。除了牆面顏色外,這個方法也可以用於選擇窗簾和掛牆畫之上。

For a small space, it is wise to apply colors that give a 'receding' feeling. Such feeling can be achieved by a color high in value, low in saturation and is a cold color. You'd want to avoid warm colors that are rich in value and saturation, such as red and yellow. These colors look as bright and hot as the sun, making us feel suffocated and squeezy. Besides wall colors, the same goes for choosing curtains and artwork to be hanged on the walls. 

 


↑ 為小房間推薦的冷色系牆面顏色/Cold colors recommended for a small apartment

 

這兩張圖片,一樣的房間,兩種牆面顏色。哪個看起來較為寬躺舒服?

Comparing the two photos below, which wall seems closer to you? 

 


↑ 暖灰色房間看似來大一點/Grey room appears visually bigger than the pink one

 

另一個香港房屋的常見問題是:樓底低。但是,這一樣可以靠顏色來解決。淺色有上升感,深色有下墜感。所以,在選擇地板的時候,可以以此做為選色的考慮,選擇帶有「下墜感」的深顏色地板。深顏色如比較多人選用的深啡色木地板,有效令視覺重點下移,房間看起來便會大一點。

Another typical housing problem in Hong Kong is the low ceilings in many apartments. Luckily this can also be solved by playing with the right choice of color. When we choose our flooring, it is important that we understand the magic dark colors give us. Dark colors, such as dark brown, not only is it a popular choice used in many apartments in Hong Kong, it is also a color that gives off a ‘falling’ feeling. Dark colors are able to shift our focal point downward to create an illusion of a bigger space. 

 

 

 

牆面顏色是家居裡所佔面積最大的顏色。在下一篇文章裡,我們會閱讀有關牆面顏色以外配件的顏色選擇,務求DIY製做出一個完美舒服之家!在此之前,不妨多點留意身邊各種色彩繽紛的事和物,發掘一下顏色的奧妙之處吧~

Now that we’ve learned a bit about choosing the overall main colors for our homes, we will talk about the secondary focus which is choosing furniture next time! For now, maybe we can start paying some attention on all the colorful objects around us, and thinking about how they make us feel! 

August 27, 2017

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A typhoon day inspiration

Typhoon keeps coming to Hong Kong, the best protection is probably to stay in. To a lot of people it is definitely a bummer - not only does the strong wind destruct normal order of life (deepest condolences to everyone in Macau), this typhoon also happens on a Sunday, forcing a lot of people to abandon any weekend (outdoor) plans they had. 

On this typhoon Sunday, I want to talk about this Shanghai illustrator who is good at many things. 

Inside this traditional Shanghainese lane house is the home to local artist Xiaolonghua. His artist name, directly translated to 'Little Dragon Flower', is a homonym of the word 'Xiao Long Bao' in the Shanghainese dialect. 

Quite heavily influenced by Japanese comics, Xiaolonghua's illustrations are meticulous, mysterious and full of meanings. He uses minimal colors that are mostly subtle in saturation, for his drawings. Here's one of his artwork: 

Looks great, doesn't it? The whole thing is so vibrant even though there are only a few low-key colors. And having it hung on a wall painted in this turquoise blue/green, they compliment each other in a very stylish way. 

However, what I want to talk about isn't just his drawings, but his ability to expand his skills from one dimension into another - not only does Xiaolonghua excel as a skilful painter, he is also a highly crafty sculptor who turns his own 2D drawings into 3D forms. Let's see this: 

Yep, the same drawing you just saw, is now transformed into a sculpture. More colors but still subtle, rich in details. 

Xiaolonghua's studio often seems busy and/or chaotic, but there's order in everything. He collects found objects to sculpt his work, and the outcomes are always amusing. Below is a sculpture of himself, made with only found objects. 

In his small studio, Xiaolonghua uses every inch of the space wisely so that he can include his favorite posters, books, music, and artwork within the confine of this little attic. Much like most people in Hong Kong today, space is scarce and we are all finding our ways to maximize the capacity of our homes. Choosing/ using the right furniture is one main key, and hats off to Xiaolonghua for building some of his own tables and chairs, apart from the ones he's gotten from relatives and antique markets. 

Sometimes we tend to be restricted by our surroundings, so it is important to always remind ourselves to 'think outside the box'. From creative actions of turning a flat object into 3-dimensional, to challenging the space and environment around us, we should never be too lazy to expand our ideas and minds - much like our new collection's title, Stretch Your Mind, it can be good for you! 

 

 

August 18, 2017

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Let's move around and stretch your mind!

If you've been paying attention to your inbox, you might have noticed the latest email from ziinlife, introducing our latest furniture collection, titled Stretch Your Mind.

Stretch Your Mind furniture collection by ziinlife Modern Furniture Design

A total of six pieces in this collection, Stretch Your Mind focuses on the play of the flexibility of a furniture. The collection also explores different possibilities a piece of furniture can stretch into. A piece from Stretch Your Mind that especially caught my eyes is the Moving Wardrobe, like its name suggests, it is a wardrobe that moves!

Moving Wardrobe from Stretch Your Mind furniture collection by ziinlife Modern Furniture Design

Moving Wardrobe from Stretch Your Mind furniture collection by ziinlife Modern Furniture Design

Moving Wardrobe can be seen as a wardrobe, a suitcase (that carries the wardrobe around) and a coffee table. Why does it catch my attention? It probably comes down to my innate love for traveling and moving around

Let me admit it - I can't sit still. Traveling has always been a passion for me, so when I saw Moving Wardrobe for the first time, without knowing what it really is beyond its name, I was immediately impressed. A moving wardrobe? I must be dreaming! So of course, to feed my curiosity, I went on to read its description -- 

As years go by, your surroundings may change; but Moving Wardrobe will be with you through thick and thin, forever and ever.

Seriously, can a furniture be more romantic than this? LOL in a world of uncertainties I sure need a wardrobe that stays with me "through thick and thin" more than anything else! As (half) a joke I told my colleague at ziinlife that if/ when someone proposes to me, one of the gifts he gotta bring for the "過大禮" ceremony has to be a Moving Wardrobe, no exception! Haha - we had a good laugh of course, but to be fair, everyone loves a good story behind a gift or anything that we own, so for a story like Moving Wardrobe, I just can't resist. 

Moving Wardrobe from Stretch Your Mind furniture collection by ziinlife Modern Furniture DesignWill I be traveling with Moving Wardrobe? I can't say for sure. But is it a piece that stays in my mind and makes me giggle? It definitely is! Although I might not be traveling with Moving Wardrobe, it definitely went on my wish list of what I should include in my home sweet home. 

If you want to see the rest of the furniture in Stretch Your Mind, be sure to go here

Stretch Your Mind furniture collection by ziinlife Modern Furniture Design

 

August 11, 2017

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Few useful tips to keep your furniture clean

It's always a challenge to clean a sofa that doesn't come with removable cover, especially when it is inevitable to get our beloved fabric sofa dirty. I can only imagine if you've got kids and pets, the scenario is even more inevitable. 

Fabric sofas, especially ones with the kind of up-scale materials that we love, are just so to resist! The soft texture and vibrant colors that only fabric is able to deliver...is why we insist on purchasing fabric sofas despite the challenge of cleaning. 

But worry no more! I'm about to tell you a few tricks to clean a fabric sofa. 

I'm using light-colored cushion in this test to make the result more obvious. 

Test 1: CLEAN

  • 5 kinds of detergent, from left to right: 
  1. Textile from Italy
  2. 3M from USA
  3. Softcare from Finland
  4. Simplegreen from USA
  5. Dr. Bekeman from Germany
  • 8 kinds of dirt, from top to bottom: coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, milk, ketchup, and tabasco. 

As the result shows, a completely dry cushion after cleaning, still shows an obvious stain, especially tabasco, which is a highly penetrable, hard to remove condiment. I'm feeling a little upset now...

I totally got the unsettling feeling of using a fabric sofa that comes with no special protection! 

My recommendation: Simple Green and 3M. Besides tabasco, they work pretty well on removing stains. 

Test 2: PROTECT (Recommended)

  • 3 brands of detergent, from left to right: 
  1. Textile from Italy
  2. 3M Scotch Guard from USA
  3. Softcare from Finland

Spray any of these 3 protectors on the surface until it's moist. Best to spray two layers and allow 2-3 hours for it to air dry. Once it's dry, the surface looks and feels exactly the same as before. 

Let's have a look at how fun water looks in this test: 

 

Protector forms a water-proof layer on fabric's surface to keep water away. However if water does seep in the fabric, just quickly wipe the surface with a tissue paper and it'll be fine! 

 

 

Test of some usual colored substances: Red wine, tea, coffee, coke, milk, soy sauce, ketchup, and tabasco. 

We left these substances for over 5 minutes on the fabric surface, and then wiped them off with a tissue👇

Almost all the substances have been easily removed, except for tabasco, which leaves still a little bit of stain after the cleanse. 

We tried to remove the tabasco stain again, although it is not as clean as before it was contaminated, but compared to the surface that had no protector applied, it's still cleaner. 

A few suggestions for you: 

  1. You HAVE to use protectors. I tried, and can verify its usefulness. Most of the detergents in the tests show how hard it is to completely remove stains, no matter the kind. As for protector, 3M did the best job, and it's good for using on carpet as well. It is best to have 2 layers of spray on the surface, and get your sofa sprayed every 3 months. 
  2. Although protectors are able to keep your sofa clean, the abrasion from jeans can remove the protection layer so do keep that in mind. Also try NOT to leave tabasco or any greasy sauce on your sofa, even after it's been sprayed. 
  3. Wear a mask when you spray, and keep children and elderlies away! Maintain good ventilation so that the smell goes away quickly. 

So here are my two cents! If you have better ways of cleaning a fabric sofa, do share with us! Until then, try to keep your sofa as spotless as you can :) 

 

 

July 25, 2017

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Friends of Friends

Freunde von Freunde (a.k.a. fvf) is a blog I often visit; the German title translates directly to "Friends of Friends", it is an online community that brings together friends who share a collective interests in art, design, urban living and food. 

Modern furniture and urban living ziinlife blog

modern furniture and urban living by ziinlife blog

Although its originated in Berlin, Germany, the blog covers creatives from all over the world; it has a huge international database of information that covers topics from creative events to dinner parties, artists' homes to a shop's opening. 

modern furniture and urban living by ziinlife blog

modern furniture and urban living by ziinlife blog

Entries of this blog is often inspiring and stimulating, especially for people my age, whose desire for a cozy lifestyle grow steadily and strongly. My favorite bit of fvf has got to be the part where they write about artists' homes. Every home carries an atmosphere unique to the artist's style. Be it the home of a fashion designer, an illustrator, a sculptor, an art director, we get to learn about each artist's unique way of decorating their homes. Each blog entry also brings us closer to the neighborhood the artist lives in, it's almost like a travel blog except it's more in depth and personal. 

modern furniture and urban living by ziinlife blog

modern furniture and urban living by ziinlife blog

Working at a modern furniture company that focuses on original design and good quality, I am often amazed by the harmony and coherence each artist managed to bring to their homes. The arrangement of furniture, decor on the walls, and even the smallest home appliances are placed in a space where everything looks good and at peace together. 

Everyone who lives in a city, especially a dense one like Hong Kong, is aware of our space being an ultimate luxury. How to maximize the limited space that we manage to own is a deeply complicated matter, yet inevitable. On a weekly (if not daily) basis I dream about a spacious home with cool decors and furniture and nice art on my wall; I got the furniture part covered by filling my home with most of ziinlife's furniture (not to mention I am also surrounded by the furniture at work), now I just gotta find myself a bigger apartment......on the day I win Mark 6 maybe, hahaha. 

July 18, 2017

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Musician Cabinet in SCMP

Our Musician Cabinet has been featured in this article on South China Morning Post and we're thrilled! 

Not only is it one of our favorite items in terms of design and appearance, it is also very practical as a storage solutions! If you're looking to tidy up your apartments (hide everything!), Musician Cabinet could be a wonderful choice for you.

June 20, 2017

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A brand new ziinlife experience!

It's been a while! 

The reason we haven't been updating this blog is because of two major reasons: 
1. we're preparing the launch of a new furniture collection and; 
2. we've just opened a brand new showroom/cafe/loft/library/creative hub (all in one yes!) in Shanghai! 

ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Located near Fudan University in Shanghai, ziinlife Life Store opened on a sunny day last month. We named it 'Life Store/ 生活館' because it's a whole building that's everything you need to enjoy life! A space over 500 sqm, ziinlife Life Store consists of a coffee shop, a loft and a library that provides you with an ultimate relaxing atmosphere with constant sunlight pouring in. And of course, it is a space decorated with all of our best furniture pieces to bring you the most comfortable experience. 

ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Collaborated with renowned Moon Coffee in Shanghai, ziinlife Life Store's coffee is curated and prepared for you by the best barristers in town. Just look at the design of our cups and you can get a glimpse of ziinlife's aesthetic in everything we do. 

ziin cafe at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Also a collaboration, dessert is served by Jouer (French meaning 'to play') from Hong Kong. The mastermind behind Jouer, Anna, is a renowned pâtissier who has spent years studying the best of dessert-making in Paris. 

Red Elephant
When you walk in, visitors are instantly greeted by this pink tunnel that's supposed to look like an elephant; it is inspired by ziinlife's No More Macaron Sofa (tribute to 2016's Pantone color of the year - serenity). 

Red Elephant entrance at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziin cafe
A coffee area that is bright and spacious, ziin cafe serves you the best coffee and dessert prepared by our good friends and partners Moon Coffee (Shanghai) and Jouer Atelier (Hong Kong). The coffee counter is designed in a way that customers are invited to interact with our barristers; we want everyone (even the introverts!) to just relax and be friends :) 

ziin cafe at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziin cafe at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziin cafe at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Design Gallery 
Located on 2nd and 3rd floor of ziinlife Life Store, the most iconic pieces of ziinlife furniture are exhibited here. More than just a regular showroom, we want visitors to feel like they are visiting an art exhibition. 

Design gallery at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Design gallery at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziin loft
A mini loft on the top floor of the Life Store, various styles of interior is simulated here using ziinlife's furniture. It acts as a showcase of different possibilities ziinlife brings to your household. As season changes, the display also gets a new look! 

ziin loft at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziin loft at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziinlike
Another very important component of our showroom is the platform we created to showcase good designs and brands we enjoy. Including Offgrid, Atelier Errance and Jiu Kou Shan, we aim to gradually curate more interesting brands into our collections. 

ziinlike is a collaboration with designers by ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziin library
The concept of the library derives from our love for books. From art & design to architecture and lifestyle, you can easily find yourself indulged in endless reading and daydreaming! 

ziin library at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Meditation Space
Like its title suggests, it is a corner specially built for meditating. Simply grab a couch, relax, sit back and let your minds wander! Once in a while, it's nice to indulge yourself in nothing but solitude. 

Space out corner at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Space out corner at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Let's check out some more photos from the opening: 

Lily Yang founder of ziinlife at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

Life music performance at ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

A celebration of good design, good books and good coffee, what more can you ask for? 

ziinlife Life Store in Shanghai

April 21, 2017

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Where's your other half?

I am often impressed by Plato's Symposium, where he talks about the origin of a soulmate, the fact that every human being is condemned by Zeus to be born incomplete; our lives basically is a search mission to look for the other half of us that is missing since the day we were born - that is, if we care about being complete

Despite the seemingly cruel nature of a condemnation, Plato talks about it in the most endearing way: 

And so, when a person meets the half that is his very own, whatever his orientation...then something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don't want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment.” 

The idea of 'other half' is rather romantic; it makes incompletion sound so much better, to think that we are all on this lifelong mission to be 'whole'.

Not my intention to sound cheesy, but the thought of Plato's theory actually brought my mind to a piece of furniture we have at ziinlife - the 1/2 Coffee Table. Complimented by each other, 1/2 Coffee Table is a very good example of good 'team work'. As a set of two tables that fit perfectly together as a whole, they can also be separated and act on its own existence. Sometimes they want to be together, sometimes they don't. No matter the arrangement, they always seem content with themselves and with each other. Come to think of it, isn't it the kind of human relationship we always hope for? 

Something to mull over on a rainy day.....☔️

1/2 Coffee Table by ziinlife Modern Furniture

 

當每一次拜讀到著名哲學家柏拉圖的論說時,都會使我感觸良多,而其中一個使我印象最深刻的是有關靈魂伴侶的根源。傳說中,宙斯人類分成兩半,要我們窮一生的精力去尋找自己的另一半,使自己達到完滿。

聽到這個故事你可能會感到殘忍,但柏拉圖對此則有另一番動人演繹。

因此,當人們遇到屬於他們自己的另一半,美好的事情就會順其自然的發生:兩個人相愛的感覺,歸屬於一個人的感覺,在慾望驅使下,他們不會想彼此分離,一刻亦不會。

這個解釋使另一半不只是一種浪漫;它令不完整聽起來變得是一種美好,使我們明白生來就要令自己變得完滿,要永生不渝的去尋找另一半。

我並沒有任何刻意宣傳的意思,但柏拉圖的學說的而且確令我想起ziinlife1/2 Coffee Table。像互相恭維著對方一樣,1/2 Coffee Table是一個很好的演繹去表現出協同的意識。由於它們都與另一半完美合身,因此無論是分開還是組合使用都十分方便。有時候它們會形影不離,有時又會想暫且分離。但無論安排如何,它們都是一體的。細思一下,這種關係不就是我們人類最渴望的嗎?

 

April 13, 2017

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Easter Fun Facts

I have a habit of, what my friends would call, "reading nonsense" on the Internet before I fall asleep. In my defense though, some 'nonsense' can be pretty educational, such as these fun facts I've read about Easter. One particular fact that amused me the most is that 76% of people eat the ears on the chocolate bunny first, while only 5% go for the feet. For me though, I've always had a difficult time consuming a chocolate bunny because it's just soooo cute! 

I don't have any big plan for Easter weekend but all of us at ziinlife will just chill in our Kwun Tong showroom so if you're in town, feel free to pay us a visit and perhaps I can share more of my Easter fun facts with you :) 

Last but not least, I want to bring to your attention our latest 'jetso'! From now until April 17, we will offer FREE Premium Service upon any purchase of ziinlife products! Premium Service means free delivery and free installation, a very attractive deal no?

HINT: Bulky furniture means higher delivery and installation cost, but now with our special promotion, I'm sure you know what to do ;) Don't miss out, and have a Happy Easter! 

PS. If you happen to eat a chocolate bunny, do let us know if you consume it head first or feet first ;) 

小編有一個習慣,朋友們都稱這個習慣為非理性閱讀-說到尾就是不甘心太早入睡於是不斷遊走在互聯網世界。當然我也要為自己進行辯護,這些所謂非理性閱讀的學術養分還是挺高的,就像以下有關復活節的趣味數據。其中一個令我忍俊不禁的研究就是統計著當我們收到慶祝復活節的賓尼兔朱古力時,究竟會率先將牠身體的那一個部分放進口呢?調查顯示原來大家對賓尼兔的大耳朵情有獨鍾,有76%的食家會先吃牠們的耳朵,但到底是左耳裹是右耳受歡迎就沒有詳細論述:P 同時研究亦指出只有5%受訪者會先選擇進食賓尼兔的腿部...是生怕牠們跳得太多所以朱古力亦比較粗糙嗎?相信只有他們才知道事實的真相。對我而言,把朱古力兔放進口裡是一件困難非常的事因為它們實在太可愛了!

說到復活節,不知道大家在該週末有沒有節目呢?而我們ziinlife團隊當然會全員留在香港的總部-觀塘巧明街的體驗店與大家一起分享節日的快樂!如果大家沒有打算到外國去一趟短暫旅遊,不妨前來我們的體驗店,讓小編分享更多有趣的復活節故事予你們每一位 :)

最後,讓我多分享一件事,就是關於於復活節ziinlife提供的著數!由今天起直至417日,我們將會提供免運費+免安裝費優惠!十分吸引對吧!?

 小貼士:龐大的傢俬所需要的運費和安裝費會更高,但基於我們的特別復活節推薦優惠,你們應該比我更清楚怎樣才能得到最多的著數“ ;) 不要錯過這個少有的機會!祝大家復活節快樂!

P.S. 如果你真的有機會吃賓尼兔朱古力,記得告訴我們你會先吃他們的上半身裹是下半身 :P

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