Kong Lung Trading: Staff Picks for May 2011

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Design Solutions for function and aesthetics

May 2011

 KleinReid Ceramics  Blenko Glass at Kong Lung Trading

cover from the book entitled "Nobody's Fool"Innobaby Stackables

Fine design is the driving passion behind all of Kong Lung Trading’s wonderful products. We define—our basically indefinable collection—as “transcendent” because it goes beyond expectation. Even the simplest things are made more beautifully and with more concern for function. It is with this in mind we present the following items. We hope you enjoy our choices. Please call us at 808-828-1822 to find out more information. Or even better, to see all of our favorites, come visit us at Kong Lung Trading.

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung TradingOlive wears a Up Country  collarPatty’s Pick: INNOBABY

Innobaby was established in 2006 by two moms on a mission to develop and deliver great solutions for common baby issues. Let us just say, Mission Accomplished!

A visit to their web site puts in perspective how well received the Innobaby products such as Din Din Smart Stainless Divided Platter, Packin’ SMART Transportation products and the Bamboo Seat Topper Din DIn Divided food trayreally are. Magazines such as Pregnancy & Newborn, American Baby, Storage, and Green Child have expounded the benefits of Innobaby’s stylish and functional designs. They have been featured on numerous tv news programs, endorsed by celebrities and won several parent and child-based awards such as The National Parenting Center Award, Creative Child Magazine’s Top Choice and Seal of Excellence awards. Prices from $24 – $39.50

Deborah Cecil Deborah’s Pick:
KLEINREID

KleinReid Eva VasesKleinReid (James Klein and David Reid) have been collaborating for over 15 years with a goal of thoughtful design, fine craftsmanship and lasting beauty. This cutting edge, yet classic designed line of ceramics blurs the line between craft and art, merging industrial techniques and artisanal quality

Most notably, the dynamic duo has collaborated with design legend Eva Zeisel to produce the “Eva” line. Its pieces are in the collections of the White House and many museums. Kong Lung Trading carries the Kokeshi, Hawthorne, Aubrey and Eva Collections. Prices from $50 to $288.KleinReid vases from the Aubrey Collection

Janet TevesBlenko Glass Watercraft water pitchersJanet’s Pick:
BLENKO GLASS

Janet states very plainly, “I love Blenko. I bought Blenko’s Watercraft pitchers and use them as a vase as well. Beautiful and serves two purposes as well. It makes me happy just to look at them!”Blenko Glass' Daisey bowls

Blenko Glass Company has been a family owned and operated company since 1893. Their history is rich and interesting and tells the story of a family dedicated to fine craft and the art of glass. Prices from $36 to $265.

The famous Mochi andOlive of Kong LungOlive & Mochi’s Pick:
JONATHAN’S WILD CHERRY SPOONS
JONATHAN'S WILD CHERRY SPOONS spaghetti forks

Handcrafted in Pennsylvania from sustainably harvest wood. Beautiful and functional these wooden utensils bring a sense of beauty and inspiration to any kitchen. The Original Lazy Spoon is a favorite of Rachael Ray and was featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things in ‘O’ Magazine. Christina Perillo, health advocate, and host of the PBS cooking show ‘Christina Cooks’ loves Jonathan’s Wild & Crazy collection. JONATHAN'S WILD CHERRY SPOONS mini spatulasJonathan’s Spoons create spoons for all your kitchen needs: baking, cooking, mixing and stirring; plus we offer spoons for left handed chefs! Our folding tongs are fantastic for serving salads and baked potatoes, as well as multiple kitchen tasks. Every kitchen in America needs one (or more)! Prices from $12 to $65.

Cover of Spice BibleBook of the Month:
THE SPICE BIBLE

by Jane Lawson

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
A fully comprehensive guide to the history and culinary uses of 45 fiery foods from around the world. Each entry—from ajowan through wolfberry—includes a description of the spice’s origin and uses, guidelines on how to integrate it into your own cooking, and a trove of other helpful information.A spread from Stables

This must-have book also features more than 250 recipes that highlight each ingredient’s distinctive taste and character. All created with flavorful spices and easily mastered by any cook.

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Kong Lung Trading: Staff Picks for February 2011

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Fine Gifts From Kong Lung Trading

February 2011

Graphique de France note pads  Necklace by N+A Jewelry

  cover from the book entitled "Nobody's Fool"  Recycled glass tray by Mermaid Treasures

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick: MERMAID TREASURES

If you have spent anytime in the islands of Hawaii, then you know that a jalousie window is characteristic of a typical plantation home. But did you ever think you might find one pretty enough to serve your next dinner guest?

Kauai artist Donna Taylor Mayo has found a way to repurpose these glass louvers and old glass shelves into beautiful serving dishes and platters.Mermaid Treasures kauai, glass recycled platters

Donna’s designs are hand-cut into reusable molds and then the reclaimed glass is heated in a kiln and transformed into these fantastic pieces of art. This multi step process takes a minimum of 14 hours, but the finished result is stunning and eco-friendly.

Kong Lung Trading is offering the Bamboo and Fern designs with prices ranging from $21 – $84. Support a local artist and help the environment.

Deborah CecilDeborah’s Pick: N+A JEWELRY

Ear Rings by N+A Jewelry, New YorkThis exquisite boutique line of jewelry is the collaboration of two sisters, Noriko and Akiko Sugawara. N + A is based out of New York City and all pieces are hand crafted and integrate delicate hand-hammered textures and three dimensional shapes with the essence of Japanese culture.

More N+A ear ringsThese organic creations range from simple petal clusters to more complex designs balancing strong and subtle.

Stop by to see our collection of sterling silver and 18K gold vermeil necklaces and earrings. Prices $130 – $360.

Janet TevesGraphique de FranceJanet’s Pick: GRAPHIQUE DE FRANCE

When Janet was asked to give her pick of the month she gushed, “Graphique de France, look at these fun, cute journals and organizers!” She feels that they make the perfect gift for a girlfriend or hostess and are very affordable.

colorful patterns of Zutano clothesJean-Jacques Toulotte began Graphique de France in Boston over 30 years ago and today his business is a leading international publisher of calendars, stationary, posters and journals. Through change and evolution, one thing has remained constant: Graphique de France’s passion for art and design, combined with a commitment to quality.

Come by and pick up a few, you never know when you’ll need a sweet little gift to brighten someone’s day. Prices $5- $21.

Julie HurstMONKEYPOD JAMSJulie’s Pick: MONKEYPOD JAMS

Produced in small batches on Kauai, Monkeypod Jam is a superb artisan fruit spread utilizing locally grown produce. Pineapple, papaya, lilikoi, guava and ginger are just a few of the enticing ingredients you may find in one of Monkeypod Jam’s terrific marmalades, jams or sauces.

Monkeypod Jams make a lovely gift. Price $14.

Cover of "Stables"Book of the Month: STABLES: BEAUTIFUL PADDOCKS, HORSE BARNS, AND TACK ROOMS
by Kathryn Masson

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
From the private to the historic to the state-of-the-art, a lavish tour of some of the most notable stables in the country. A celebration of horses and their “lodgings,” this exquisite book covers horse country across the United States—from the East Coast to the Bluegrass, the prairie and mountain ranches, and to the Pacific Coast—and traces the origins of twenty-five stunning stables, from their vernacular beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the contemporary designs of today. Included are a farm in the countryside near Saratoga Springs, New York, which bears an 1830s-constructed main barn that originally housed draft horses and now accommodates retired race horses turned polo ponies, and a world-renowned Arabian horse-breeding farm in Santa Ynez Valley, California, that resembles a spa and country club with Mediterranean-style architecture and landscaping and has in the stable courtyard a stone fountain reminiscent of the ubiquitous waterworks in Moorish palaces. Uniquely spectacular, each selection is a reflection of its regional heritage. Featuring all-new color photography, Stables showcases the best of America’s diverse equine homes—a must-have for any horse or architecture enthusiast.A spread from Stables

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Kong Lung Trading: Staff Christmas Picks for 2010

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Kong Lung Trading Perfect Christmas Presents

December 2010

Wooden toys by Melissa & Doug

Necklace by Rand Papele  Spread from the book entitled "Migration"   Funktion Apron

This time of year is always exciting, with the smells of baked goods coming out of the oven and digging out those fun holiday decorations to fill your home. But let’s be honest, we love the gifting! Giving and receiving presents is one of the greatest joys of the holidays. Kong Lung Trading is an ideal place to discover hard to find gifts for everyone on your shopping list. The employees of Kong Lung Trading would like to share a few of their favorite gift ideas for those special presents, stocking stuffers, teacher and co-worker gifts, or even that special treat for a party hostess.

Make your list and simplify your life by having Kong Lung Trading help with all of your gift giving this year. Don’t forget to take advantage of our complimentary gift wrapping on your fabulous finds. And for those friends and family members that are hard to buy for—and we all have them—our gift certificates are a great choice. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and magical moments with those you hold close.

Janet TevesComfortable, fashionable Kiyomi PSJsJanet’s Pick: KIYOMI PJs
Fresh, New & Designed with an Attention to Detail.

Kiyomi pajamas are the ultimate treat at the end of a long day. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea, while lounging in these heavenly creations. Made in the USA, these unique fabric patterns are so much fun and can easily mix into your wearable wardrobe. Sweet as pjs and cute to wear with jeans, sandals or even heels! Perfect when friends and family are stopping by for an impromptu gathering.

Kiyomi PJs were featured in The Oprah Magazine and this is what she had to say about this wonderful product, “Soft, romantic, and deliciously comfy, these cotton pajamas are great for lounging on a breezy summer night.” Kiyomi Loungewear is the ultimate in luxury and will be a favorite gift for sure.

Deborah CecilMelissa & Doug Wooden Toy Horse Trailer Julie’s Pick: MELISSA & DOUG
Classic Toys

Melissa and Doug’s classic wooden toys are Julie’s top holiday gift choice. When asked why, she remarked how children sit and play forever with these simple, nostalgic toys. She also choose them because they don’t require batteries or electricity.

Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products. As a company they pride themselves by offering products with tremendous value, quality and design.

Not only will these old style toys remind you of your childhood, but will provides hours of entertainment for the little ones in your life while helping to promote hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, plus early shape matching, color recognition and sequencing skills.

Come to Kong Lung Trading to see our great selection of Melissa and Doug classic toys.

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung TradingBracelet by Rand papelePatty’s Pick: RAND PAPELE JEWELRY
Jewelry that Reflects Deep Philosophical Beliefs.

This collection of matte and oxidized sterling silver jewelry is the collaborative effort of artists Judith Rand and Eben Papele. The combined vision of these two artists produces inventive designs with eclectic influences from the Victorian and rustic jewelry of antiquity to industrial and modern design. Employing a wide range of fabrication techniques in their New York’s Hudson Valley studio, this design duo places great value on the transformative nature of the creative process and hopes that their jewelry reflects this.

These unique designs are an outstanding find for the holidays. Why not make someone on your list happy by giving them one of these incredible pieces?

Deborah CecilFunktion ApronDeborah’s Pick: FUNKTION APRONS
Not Your Grandmother’s Apron

Keep yourself tidy in the kitchen this holiday by covering up with a fun and flirty Funktion apron. These aprons are a patchwork of vintage styled printed material and have a shabby chic feel, but are hip and sassy. With cascading ruffles or the sweetest trim detail, you will look so good that when your company arrives you might want not want to take it off.

Funktion’s dish towels, oven mitts and aprons will make any kitchen a little brighter and will hopefully inspire some you to explore a few new recipes.

Cover of "Migration"Book of the Month: MIGRATION: LOST AND FOUND IN AMERICA
by Donald McCrea

PUBLISHER NOTES:
This timeless compilation of images of America takes us on a cross-country trip to places we would never discover on our own. These photos document hidden pockets of American culture that remain virtually unchanged and touch on some of the topical issues that are driving our country into the future.

A spread from MigrationAmerica as seen through the eyes of some of the country’s top photographers: Alex Harris, Bill Sosin, Joe Burull, Dave Jordano, David Schalliol, David Zaitz, Donald McCrea, Edward Burtynsky, Jerry Downs, Kenneth Jarecke, Mark Indig, Peter Granser, Susana Raab, Travis Ruse, Will Steacy and William Greiner.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donald McCrea has been a working musician and songwriter for the past fifty years. He has also been a professional photographer for three decades, serving as a staff photographer for film directors, as well as shooting fashion, architectural, and product photography. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, American Cinematographer, Photographic, and the French edition of Photo.

MIGRATION was just chosen as one of the “Top Ten Books of the Year” by AMERICAN PHOTO and will be featured in their January 2011 issue.

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