Monthly Archives: December 2011

The beauty of winter

Posted on December 29, 2011 by Toothpicker

For the past two years, I chose to spend the New Year period at meditation retreats outside of London, but this year I decided to take a break from everything. Going on retreats sometimes stir up a lot of emotions and feelings that had accumulated over time and it could take up [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature and was tagged with London, walks, nature


The Booking office

Posted on December 20, 2011 by Toothpicker

I have wanted to try the Booking Office for quite a while, partly because I wanted to check out its interior and architecture. Finally, I went there for brunch on Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I thought the setting is stunning, it makes you almost feel like you are inside [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, heritage, Food & dining


Souvenir from Hong Kong (stationery)

Posted on December 20, 2011 by Toothpicker

Although I didn't buy very much in Hong Kong, I did make a few interesting purchases...
Greeting card
I think the illustration of this greeting card shows the Hong Kong that I am familiar with: chaotic, colourful, cramped but full of character. Sadly, in recent years the city's unique buildings and street scenes are [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Stationery, Shopping, Travel, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with stationery, shopping, Hong Kong design


Souvenir from Tokyo (part 2: stationery)

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Toothpicker

In the past, I couldn't resist shopping endlessly whenever I went to Tokyo; nowadays, I shop a lot less but I still can't resist the wonderful Japanese stationery. My favourite stationery shop in the world is Ito-ya in Ginza, where my friend and I could spend more than 3 hours wandering up [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Travel, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping


Souvenir from Tokyo (part 1)

Posted on December 17, 2011 by Toothpicker

Again, I was supposed to write about this right after I got back from Asia... it has taken me a while to sort out the photos but I really want to share the goodies I brought back from Tokyo because they are so weird and wonderful!
 
Pianissimo ViV Menthol cigarettes
I am no [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Shopping, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, shopping, Packaging


East London design show 2011

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Toothpicker

I was meant to write about the East London design show right after it ended but I caught a bad flu which disrupted all my work schedules. I almost thought I had to pull out of the show because I was so poorly! I missed half of Friday but luckily, other designers [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, British designs, Design, Pop ups and was tagged with London, East London design show, Christmas shopping, pop up shop


Exhibitions in Tokyo & Hong Kong (Nov 2011)

Posted on December 14, 2011 by Toothpicker

While I was in Tokyo, I went to a few exhibitions including: Irving Penn and Issey Miyake's Visual Dialogue at 21_21 Design Sight in Midtown, Metabolism: the city of the future at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills and Japan's long selling products at Printing Museum in Koishikawa.
Irving Penn and Issey Miyake's [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Japanese designs, Tokyo, Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Design, Japanese art, Chinese art and was tagged with Hong Kong, Tokyo, art and design exhibitions


Letterpress business cards

Posted on December 11, 2011 by Toothpicker

It was quite a challenge to find a letterpress printer that could deliver within a short time frame and not be charged an arm and a leg! After contacting many printers both within the UK and outside, I eventually went for 'Glasgow Press'.
The card used is Colorplan pristine white 540 gsm, edge [...]

This post was posted in Business, Graphics & illustrations and was tagged with graphic design, Letterpress, business cards


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