永安號 wing on ironwork

2018.09.08 華里 wah lane, sheung wan 華里在荷李活道旁支一條小巷,開始給繁華新派文化進駐,但有幸最近路過還是看到一些老舖繼續鎮守。 星期六中午左右,永安鐵器未有開門,容讓我可為鋪面留影。 閘門關著,店內卻亮著燈,而大型工具也放在門前,或許是店東出外午飯,臨時將閘拉上。 店的一事一物饒有味道,譬如拉敞的舊式刻上鋪名單鐵閘,藍白色帆布撐著天花。 還有門面毛筆字的寶號名字及店舖服務閱覽。幾個器具名稱都有濃厚的上世代韻味:欄河、荏蓬、綱窗。 wing on ironsmith is my translation from the chinese name of this shop. there is only chinese name available. it is located on a small alley tuck away from hollywood road. wah lane itself is fascinating. a short one and quite dark, sandwiched by […]

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櫥窗廣告 - 趙光利參茸行 shop window – chiu kwong lee hong

2017.11.30 | 文咸西街  6-10 bonham strand west  中式的參茸海味,歷史根源長久,但觀念和操作上,都可能與今天重動物權益物種多元永續有所衝突。在上環一帶老字號,還有將鹿茸珍品放在櫥窗作「生招牌」,每次經過,都替商店和老闆擔心,會否有日遭激進的動物權益關注人士打破商店窗戶,並有進一步行動。 趙光利參茸行放在櫥窗的,則可愛得多;看畫可感受已有相當年份,有美術和歷史的份量。 所用的中文和英文字體,也極有體面和美工。畫框所用花紋有如中式建築中門窗的雕飾。 大幅燈箱照明的廣告畫前,並有產品和道具(抑或有歷史的物品?),包括高麗參、自家的珍珠末、湯壺(?)。 antler in tonic cuisine has a long history in chinese culture. it may not go with modern days’ concept of animal rights and protection. setting aside the argument, this commercial painting is full of nostalgic and aesthetic values. there is the style of chinese scenery […]

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霓虹招牌 – 長興燕窩莊 neon billboard – cheung hing swallow nest chong

2017.4.2 | 永樂街 132-134 wing lok street 霓虹燈不單是賣廣告,且是霓虹技藝與美感的融匯,包括色彩、光影、書法、美術,而在這個燕子餵哺的呈現中,還感受到自然韻律和親情的流露。 the yellow and red of the main signage highlight an imperial air. after all swallow nest is perceived as a high-class tonic food to the chinese. solid and proper chinese characters read from right to left the name of the shop. the best part, mama swallow flies […]

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荷李活道唐鞋店不見了 chinese slipper stall is gone

2016.8.7 | 荷李活道往差館上街樓梯  staircase between hollywood road (near pound lane intersection) and upper station street 本來這裡的鐵皮檔,專門手製功夫鞋博士鞋的「唐鞋專門店」,八月初經過,經已人去檔空。有朋友知道檔主的去向,請透過 comment 告之,感激。 this space used to be a tin hawker stall specializing handmade kung fu sneakers. the physical construction, the business-running model and the products are all one of the kind. those were all gone now. anyone who knows […]

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