Shanghai Tang for Nespresso Dragon Collection

LifestyleAsia Date: 31 Oct 2011

Interview with Millicent Lai, chief designer of home for Shanghai Tang

If you haven't already heard, 2012 is the year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac, which might explain the recent rush of weddings and why everyone is busy making little dragon babies.

However, we're more interested in making little dragon espressos with the new Shanghai Tang for Nespresso collection, featuring a dragon-etched Nespresso CitiZ coffee machine, ritual cappuccino cup set and two beautiful holders to store your coffee capsules.

Designed by Millicent Lai, the limited edition Shanghai Tang for Nespresso dragon collection is the first collaboration between the two companies and was created especially for the Lunar Chinese New Year.

We chatted with Lai, who was awarded the prestigious 40 under 40 award in Product Design in 2010, about the Shanghai Tang Pedder location, her love for Tibetan antiques and her personal coffee habits.

LifestyleAsia: What is your background and how did you end up working for Shanghai Tang?

Millicent Lai: I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the design department. It's quite a funny story because one day, I was passing by the Shanghai Tang Pedder Street store with some friends and I said, "This store is so beautiful, I just wish I could work for them one day." A few months after saying that, I saw that they were hiring, so I applied and I got in! That was in 2001.

LSA: Wow, so the Pedder Street location must mean a lot to you. How do you feel about it being torn down as we speak?

ML: I feel really sad about it. It's like a piece of me is closing as well, but I'm really looking forward to see the new store. In between, we'll have the loft on the sixth floor before we open the new store in spring, and we'll also have a pop-up Mongolian village in Central's Pier 4 in November.

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