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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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for October 2010

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Here come the holidays.

Let Kong Lung Trading make it easier to find unique gifts.

October 2010

Blenko Glass   Gifty Golden by Douglas Toys

Ceramic Bowls by Tillson   Nobby Bowl by Rootworks

Is it us, or does every holiday get more difficult to find the perfect gift for your family and friends? Luckily for you the fine folks here at Kong Lung Trading are on the lookout all year for unique gift offerings to get you through those tough shopping blocks. Here are a few of this year’s better gifts as chosen by the design conscious folks at Kong Lung Trading. Happy Holidays and all the best for you and yours!

Art de Asia's sleeping pigs

DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS. Who can resist the faces of these cuddly holiday critters? Holly Hamster, Decked-Out Black Lab, Christmas Mouse, Holiday Dachshund, Gifty Golden, Cozy Yellow Lab and Mitten Kitten are ready to be loaded into Santa’s sleigh this holiday season. These festive stuffed toys measure between 5″- 8″ are the perfect size to be stuffed into a stocking or placed upon a package for that added special touch.

Each animal is individually adorned with a touch of Christmas. For example, Holly Hamster is crowned with a red stocking cap trimmed in white fur, while Mitten Kitten wears a pair of red and white mittens around her neck. Gifty Golden holds a gift in his mouth, and Holiday Dachshund is a bit groovier in his peace sign green and red collar and matching peace sign stocking cap.

Blenko Glass on display at Kong Lung Trading

BLENKO GLASS. Exquisite color, skilled craftsmen, and creative designs have made Blenko famous in the ancient craft of hand-blown glass. Over the years, talented designers have developed contemporary new designs for our skilled artisans, who have learned the difficult techniques of glass blowing through many years of practice.

The uniqueness of hand-blown glass cannot be compared to that of machine-formed glass – a process which produces items all exactly alike but without character. Because the glass is made in small batches and the processes are performed by hand, it is common to observe small air bubbles, lines or individual marks left by Blenko’s craftsmen. These are not flaws – but rather the distinctive nature of the hand-made process – which identify and magnify the uniqueness of each piece.

In a world of increasing automation and standardization, everyone at Blenko prides themselves in paying particular attention to the forms and designs, which stay true to the tradition of hand blown glass. Everyone all needs – now more than ever – hand made objects that are unique and inspiring.

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung Trading

ROOTWORKS by Enricoproducts. Each of Enrico’s Root Works hand carved bowls, platters and vases are uniquely beautiful and stand alone as a natural work of art. These fantastic pieces are carved from a species of Chinese Fir called Shan Mu, which grows abundantly deep in the countryside of central China. The stumps left by logging are reclaimed prior to replanting and hand-carved by local artisans.

Tillson Vase at Kong Lung Trading

TILSON DESIGN WORKS. Created in lower Manhattan, Janna Tilson Weinstein’s work focuses on handmade, functional ceramics that blend modern designs with an organic sensibility. Her work is texturally driven with patterned carvings in her Aura and Lena lines and with raised multiple clay strands found in her Anemone Series. Tilson has developed her own original color palette using her own glaze recipes, which are dishwasher and food safe.

Whether you want a whole dinnerware set, a cool new vase or just settle on one amazing serving piece, Tilson’s work comes alive when its being used. Stop by and put one on your holiday wish list today.

 

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