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If TREE is going to hold on to its position as vanguard, it has to keep things in the store fresh. We many not change our sofas as frequently as our shoes, but innovation is key nonetheless. Fortunately, Babington loves the challenge. “We genuinely love the hunt, and are constantly looking for new reclaimed, recycled and reloved home furnishings to add to our collections. From abandoned driftwood, to up-cycled hand blown glassware, to discarded oil drums, we love to branch out and find the unexpected,” she says. Working with local designers is also a high priority, which can be seen in the ceramics from Faux by Hong Kong designer Mariko Jesse and the socially progressive So Soap! products (for sale and in TREE’s facilities). “I’m also keeping my eyes and ears open to discover more grassroots initiatives in different countries where sourcing their products will support keeping local handicraft traditions alive as well as provide a source of income to these small communities,” explains Babington. “The world is a big place and there’s so much more to discover.” 面對來勢洶洶的行業競爭者,若TREE要力 保其本土環保先驅地位,一定要動動腦筋, 發揮創意。面對未來挑戰,Kate坦然十分興 奮,她認為四出搜羅特色環保傢具本身已是 一個快樂過程,早已樂在其中。TREE敢於創 新,大膽採用獨特的傢具材料,包括廢棄的 浮木、循環再生的吹製玻璃及舊油桶等等。 除了搜索材料外,TREE亦希望跟本土的設計 師合作,擦出新火花。因此,TREE引入了由 本地設計師Mariko Jesse創作的Faux品牌陶 瓷家品及So Soap!產品。此外,Kate亦會到 世界各地發掘一些傳統的手工藝家品。透過 跟這些少數民族合作,一方面能夠增加他們 的收入,另一方面可把珍貴工藝傳承下去。 談到創意,TREE的夏季新產品定會為家居 帶來一番新景象,當中包括攬枕、檯燈、 餐具、石化木椅、大理石椅和陶瓷椅等 等。TREE還有兩個重點推介的夏日系列- Summer Neutrals和Vietnamese ceramics, 前者包括由浮木製成的檯燈,浮木材料常見 於東南亞國家沿岸,製成的檯燈別具特色, 絕對是家中的一個亮點。該系列還有芒果木 椅子,極具欣賞價值。TREE選擇的芒果木生 長速度快,是可持續發展的木材,而且紋理 顏色獨一無二,形狀獨特。至於Vietnamese ceramics是來自越南的餐具系列,全由人手 製作的飯碗、淺盤、茶盅,古色古香之餘, 又具時尚特色,令餐桌生色不少! For now, a new season is around the corner and TREE has a line of new accessories designed to jazz up a room for the summer. Cushions, lamps, tableware and seating in recycled, reclaimed or petrified woods, marble and ceramic are the tip of the iceberg, but the standouts include the Summer Neutrals and Vietnamese ceramics. Among the Neutrals highlights are the new lamps, using driftwood found on various Southeast Asian shorelines. The resulting standing lamps are distinct, with no two lamps alike, and come ready to adorn desks, tabletops or stand in the corner. Similarly, the new mango wood stools (ideal as extra seating for those summer barbeques) double as ornamental displays. True to TREE’s mandate, mango wood is a fast-growing, sustainable material with a unique finish in wildly varying shades. Finally, the latest in tableware comes from Vietnam. The handmade bowls, platter, tea jars marry old world tradition and modern accents to add something just a little different to the dining room. www.tree.com.hk 53


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