I've spent the last few weeks packing up our apartment and plotting out how to decorate our new place. Despite the hoards of art, pictures and trinkets I have from Asia, I'm still hankering for more. (Who doesn't need another pair of Foo Dogs?) Chinoiserie has always been a mainstay of home design, referencing bamboo, lacquer, ceramics and of course, buddhas. My favorite place to hunt for Asian home goods will always be dirt markets in China - similar to flea markets, there is no end to what you might find and for quite a deal. But if I'm looking for something shiny and new, I love to visit Hong Kong's Goods of Desire.
Goods of Desire is more than just a store, it's really a design house. It has souvenirs, sure, but they're much cooler than what you might pick up anywhere else. T-shirts with exclusive designs, travel and culture books, and even some provocative underwear (see picture above!) is available.
But my favorite wares are upstairs at the Soho location - all of the home goods and art. Now those are my goods of desire! Lacquer furniture, unique tableware and accessories, accessories, accessories. Everything is modern but with Chinese sensibility. Bright red candles shaped like the characters for "double happiness" (囍) are one of my favorites, the detail and creativity are uncommon and add a touch of excitement to an everyday homeware.
Like what you see? Check out Goods of Desire's website for a selection of their store offerings at http://www.god.com.hk/.
Want something for free? Keep reading Chinaful for how to enter a great giveaway and you can win a little goodie from Goods of Desire all for yourself.