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Once in awhile a fresh start is all we need.

Updated: Mar 22, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you have visited our website recently, you would notice we have added a few new Himalayan Salt Lamps to the shop. These are "Tau," a salt rock with twisted form factor on a concrete base paired with high-quality zebrawood, "grey salt" with ceramic base, and "droplet" Salt with concrete base. These new additions are highly valuable, given that the time we spent in making these products available at an affordable price. During a gathering when I introduced these modern salt lamps to my friends, I was repeatedly asked when and how I came up with the ideas of designing and making Himalayan Salt Lamps.

We started our Himalayan Salt Lamps series of products a few years back. When we explored the market of the salt lamps, we weren't so sure about what we expected. So we started by buying a few from the market and dismantled a few salt lamps. Just as we tried to understand the product inside out, we were shocked to see the rather undesirable craftsmanship and quality that these salt lamps showed. So we decided to put an effort in to see if there is a way to improve the product. We painstakingly work out every detail from the materials and the dimension of the base, operation of the lighting module, to the overall aesthetics of Himalayan Salt with the lamp base. We worked out all these details so that the salt rock itself looks just more stunning when pairing with different lamp bases.

Fast forward to 2020, and our salt lamps product line now comprises of wood-based salt lamps, ceramic-based salt lamps, and concrete-based salt lamps. Altogether we have more than a few dozens different styles and designs of salt lamps. So it is the start of our journey to become the best Himalayan Salt Lamps brand in the world.

Looking back, my trip to Tibet and Nepal in 2013 meant a lot to me now more than I realized at the time.

In 2013, it was an extraordinary time in my life. I was engaging in a bitter divorce, and my career as a business owner came to a halt. Nothing was straightforward to me back then. To straight things up, I decided to travel to Tibet. It turned out that this decision was the best decision I made in my life. I met my future partner on this trip.

Tibet is a mystical place. The vast uninhabited land coupled with harsh winter and scarcity of necessary resources means nothing takes it for granted. We traveled through an enormous snow plain that saw no end. We visited majestic mountain scape that no pictures would justify the beauty and stood humbly in awe in front of the majestic Himalayas. All these in-person experiences inevitably altered my outlook and put things into perspective amid the difficult times. Sometimes there requires a fresh perspective so that you can see things differently. The trip to Tibet opened my eyes to peoples, livelihoods, culture, and my life.

During the trip, I took a tremendous amount of pictures. Of these pictures, there is one in particular that I would use later for the retails box design of our Himalayan salt lamps.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest, shot at Rongbuk Monastery. ©Stephen Chen Koi Hung 2013

Retail box of ONELIVINGS SALT LAMPS on a coffee table

I hope that our customers would treasure the time and efforts we put into our salt lamps and would find the products helpful. Amid this challenging 2020, there is always a brighter side of every change or challenge that we face. Perhaps, once in a while, uncertainty would prompt us to have a fresh start so that we can realise a higher purpose of life.

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