Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for July 2011

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Good Design Makes the World Go ‘Round (Or At Least Makes It More Fun).

July 2011

Bento boxes by kotobuki Eat Like A Man

Twinkle Toes cupcake cases Pehr Textiles in yellow

The common and everyday things in your life can make you smile. They don’t need to be boring or utilitarian. Good design makes thing function better, look better and enhance our lives in more ways than you have ever considered. This month we will look at some simple items taken to a higher level by great design. 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.

Janet TevesJanet’s Pick:

Woof Woof cupcake cases by Meri MeriWhat started with one kitchen table, a pair of scissors and some glitter 25 years ago has become a bit of a sensation. Meri Meri’s award-winning stationary and gifts, created in Cheltenham, one hour west of London, England, are now available in select design-savvy retailers around the world.

Meri Meri MermaidsThese super fun designs are a sure fire way to liven up any party! As if cupcakes weren’t fun and popular enough, enter Meri Meri’s Bake Me A Cake line of cupcake cases, toppers and matching napkins. As Janet confirms, “I would let you photograph my set of Patisserie Cupcake Cases, except I already used them! Ha ha!” From $5.95 to $16.

Patty Ewing at Kong Lung TradingLucky Cat Piggy BankPatty’s Pick:

Kotobuki has been importing high designed Japanese artistry since 1976. They provide a wide array of crafts from Japan including ceramics, kitchenware, ironware, lacquer/wood/bamboo, home decor/garden, origami, and more.

Bento Box By Kotobuki ImportsFeatured this month are the Bento Boxes, Tea Canisters and Maneki Neko Piggy Banks.

The Japanese Bento (lunchbox) has been around since the Fifth Century and has gone through many changes in material, design, popularity and function. As recently as the 1980s, the Bento has made a big comeback. Kong Lung Trading has gorgeous new Bentos from Kotobuki starting at $45.

Kotobuki Tea CanisterJapanese tea canisters are beautiful, decorative, and cost effective. Why wouldn’t one of these Kotobuki Tea Canisters make your tea drinking experience more pleasurable? They’re so cute! Kotobuki Tea Canisters from $35.

The Maneki Neko, literally “Beckoning Cat” or Lucky Cat, is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture is of a cat beckoning with an upright paw. In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised right paw protects it. These Lucky Cats by Kotobuki also ensure financial success because they are piggy banks! Or is that a kitty bank? Starting at $39.

Deborah CecilNapkins by Pehr of Toronto Deborah’s Pick:

Pehr re-thinks the way you buy home textiles. With an assortment of classically simple yet modern prints, Pehr allows you to mix and match (or pair) designs to create a look that suits you. With an edited assortment of prints and colors, the Pehr collection ensures a simply beautiful result every time.Design detail of Pehr Linens

These simple yet elegant textiles are machine washable in cold water on the gentle cycle with mild detergent and tumble dry low. From $12.50 to $50.

Cover of Esquire's Eat Like A ManBook of the Month:

The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need
A spread from Eat Like A Manby Ryan D’Agostino (Editor) , Marcus Nilsson (Photographer) , Tom Colicchio (Foreword by) , David Granger (Introduction)

Overview courtesy of Esquire:

“…So long, dude food. Most men who love food have a roasting pan and a decent spice rack, but they’re still looking for that one book that has all the real food they love to eat and wish they could cook. Esquire food editor Ryan D’Agostino is here to change that with his unapologetically male-centric Eat Like a Man a choice collection of 75 recipes and food writing for men who like to eat, cook, and read about great food. It’s the Esquire man’s repertoire of perfect recipes, essays on how food figures into the moments that define a man’s life, and all the useful kitchen points every man needs to know. Satisfying, sexy, definitive, and doable, these are recipes for slow Sunday mornings with family, end-of-the-week wind-down dinners with a lady, Saturday night show-off entertaining, poker night feeds, and game-day couch camping. Or, for when a man is just hungry.”

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Kong Lung Trading: Staff Picks for March 2011

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For the Love of Texture

March 2011

Necklace by N+A Jewelry   cover from the book entitled "Nobody's Fool"

Recycled glass tray by Mermaid Treasures  Graphique de France note pads

This month we are exploring some of our favorite new items that all share one common trait which is beautiful texture. Texture is something tangible and alluring and adds dimension to your world. Sometimes the simplest items with uncomplicated shapes and designs can be made extravagant and rich with texture, adding a desired elegant and subtle effect. We hope you enjoy our choices this month. Please call us at 808-828-1822 to find out more information. Or even better, to experience the true texture, come visit us at Kong Lung Trading.

Deborah Cecil Deborah’s Pick:

Since it’s inception in a barn in 1990, KOBS’ products have changed the lives of all who have come in contact with them. Kevin hand built everything in the beginning including the equipment that was used to make the products. Quality control was always the focus, and Kevin kept everything within eyesight of his drawing table.

An assortment of pillows by Kevin O'Brien StudioOn a trip to Nepal, Kevin realized that there were people who were better equipped and more experienced to handle the intricate and delicate nature of the production of his pillows, scarves, bedding and rugs.

A texture study of a KOBS pillowAdditionally Kevin found a small number of skilled craftsmen in Vietnam and India, and constructed textile workshops with his own equipment. Even now in China, Kevin has hand-picked skilled artisans, set up a small studio and created a situation where he can be sure that they are not participating in any of the unsavory practices that people worry about when it comes to Chinese Manufacturing. All of this is done to provide you with the finest hand-dyed textiles available.

Stop by to see (and feel) the collection of Kevin O’Brien Studios Throw Pillows. Prices $108 – $240.

Janet TevesJanet’s Pick:

Janet is always excited to talk about her monthly pick. This month she choose the sumptuous Ingrid Cusson suede book covers. “I have the checkbook cover. I just LOVE it!”

An Ingrid Cusson Journal CoverOnce you see, and then hold one in your hands, you will understand Janet’s enthusiasm. It truly is one of life’s most welcomed luxuries to have something so simple as a address book or journal, covered in the finest quality, buttery suede. A tactile experience of splendor that never tires.

The elegant covers are made from very supple pig suede and decorated with wonderful, elegant and even whimsical photo transfers. Ingrid makes photo albums, business card holders, guest books, diaries and more.

Come by and pick up a few, you never know when you’ll need a sweet little gift to brighten someone’s day. Prices $18 – $85.

Linens at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick:

Nydel Table Cloths available at Kong Lung TradingWhen you see these table cloths and napkins you will see that they are very obviously an exceptional product. What Patty likes about them, and surprises her, is how they resonate with men. “I find that men are really interested in these. They bring their wives in because they are so excited.”

A beautiful French Linen table cloth by NydelIt may be Nydel’s emphasis on durability and ease-of-care that attracts the men—Nydel makes sure that your only worry is to enjoy the special evening, not the glass of spilled red wine. But for sure their amazing beauty and elegant texture sets them apart.

With a range of piece-dyed and yarn-dyed cotton jacquards, plain figured cottons, raised lines, waffled taffetas, embroidered linens and cotton sateens, Nydel has an impressive offering of choice linens.

Kong Lung Trading is offering the Soir line with prices ranging from $215 – $350. Come in today to see and feel the best of French Linens.

Cover of "Rear Ends"Book of the Month:

by Roger Handy & Karin Elsener

Rear Ends is a bottom’s up to the backside! On the beach or in the backyard, clad in stripes, bloomers, or nothing at all, behinds are instantly recognizable and always amusing. From cute babies to playful adults who should really know better, the glutei maximi in all of these found photographs are seen bouncing on furniture or tumbling on the ground in impressive displays of gymnastic prowess.A spread from rear ends

Young, old, in black-and-white or in color, bottoms and the comedic possibilities they present are infinite and timeless. Quirky and charming, this cheeky collection of photographs is sure to appeal to anyone with a penchant for the posterior.

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for June 2010

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Happy Father’s Day 2010!

June 2010

Hand Print textiles available at Kong Lung Trading Timeworks Classic Timepiece highest quality French Made Linens.  Kong Lung Trading

With Father’s Day fast approaching we want to offer our assistance in choosing that special something for Dad. Father’s deserve the very best on thier special day, and here at Kong Lung Trading we have just the gift for him. Take a moment to peruse our latest offerings and make this Father’s Day one to remember. We offer complimentary gift wrapping and you are welcome to call in advance with any questions you might have. Our latest selection of Tori Richard shirts and shorts have arrived- so shop early for the best selection.


Timeworks began with three brothers and an idea – to create a line of historically authentic clocks, which would be both affordable and functional.
Timeworks clocks are made individually, by hand – most of them at our factory in Berkeley, California. We use the finest components available – solid, hand-antiqued brass for cases and pendulums, die-cut steel hands with time-worn patinas and beautifully finished frames. Our quartz clock movements are the finest obtainable to ensure reliability and trouble-free service. Kong Lung Trading is proud to offer these American Made Timepieces and know that you will appreciate the unique quality of each one.


Le Jacquard Francais

Le Jacquard Francais offers the very highest quality French Made Linens. Kong Lung Trading offers Table Linens as well as their most popular Oversized Beach Towels made of 100% French cotton. The beach towels measure 39 x 79 and are pre-shrunk. The waffle weave creates a quick-drying towel that is perfect for the surfer in your family. Our Table Linens come in Summer’s most vibrant colors. We stock tablecloths, runners, placemats, napkins and dishtowels.

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for May 2010

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HandPrint Textiles available at Kong Lung Center

May 2010

Hand Print textiles available at Kong Lung Trading

Handprint is a family run business that focuses on designed hand crafted textiles for the home.Their workshop is designed with organic materials, open spaces and natural light to create an environment that inspires crafts people and designers. They develop new dyeing techniques, block and screen prints, machine and hand embroidery patterns and have quilting facilities all under one roof. Their designers bring these indigenous techniques and traditional patterns together with a contemporary sensibility to design their products for the global market. Here at Kong Lung Trading we offer a full line of Cotton Robes and Table Linens in the seasons’ most vibrant colors.
Photo courtesy of handprintonline.com.

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