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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Chinese design now

Posted on November 30, 2012 by Toothpicker

King - Chair No.53 by Shao Fan at Chinese design today, Themes & Variations

Chinese art and design seem to be the talk of town in London lately... not only there is the contemporary art exhibition at Hayward Gallery, there is also a major selling exhibition of contemporary Chinese design at Themes [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Talks, Chinese design, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, talks, Chinese art

Art of change: New directions from China

Posted on November 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

Try to spot the difference between the main and the bottom left! They are 2 different people... Xu Zhen's "In just a blink of an eye". Bottom right: Yingmei Duan's "Sleeping, in between and patience".
In the past decade or so, we often hear about new Chinese art works fetching millions at art [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, Chinese art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Chinese art

The making of our new "living room"

Posted on November 17, 2012 by Toothpicker

When I first came up with the idea of an e-commerce with changing themes, many people didn't understand the concept initially, and even with the ones who did, some were quite dismissive about it. At the British library, I was told by a marketing expert that I was completely mad. Yes, maybe [...]

This post was posted in Paper craft, Designers at work and was tagged with paper craft

Art weekend - Shoreditch

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Toothpicker

Keiko Masumoto "motif/ vessel" at ICN gallery
My last stop of the art weekend was Shoreditch, the 'current' destination for art, design, music or any kind of creative industry.
At the ICN gallery, young Japanese artist, Keiko Masumoto's ceramics, vessels and potteries are fascinating. Using traditional Japanese motifs and techniques but sculpted and presented [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Exhibitions, Street art & graffiti, Art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, graffiti/ street art

Art weekend - Horrorgami by Marc Hagan-Guirey

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Toothpicker

Main: The Overlook hotel from The Shining, bottom left: The MacNeil residence from The Exorcist. Bottom right: The Bates residence from Psycho
This was my favourite exhibition of the weekend! Nowhere near as famous as Anish, but I was filled with excitement and joy at this small exhibition in Dalston!
This is the first [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Paper craft, Art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, paper craft

Art weekend in London - Anish Kapoor

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Toothpicker

The main photo: Lost ( fibreglass and paint) and the bottom right: Organ.
The biggest 'dilemma' about living in London is that there are so many cultural events and activities happening all the time, it's so easy to miss them especially when it comes to gallery exhibitions that last for only 2 [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Anish Kapoor

Beef 2012 by Seungho Lee

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Toothpicker

This blog post is long overdue... I told Seungho that I would write about his award-winning MA project after my Helsinki trip, but it has taken me all this time to get round to it!
I have been corresponding with Seungho from About:blank via emails since I started stocking their notebooks. Hence, it [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Finnish design, Eco living, Social issues, Korean design, Designers at work, Design, Videos & animations and was tagged with Food & dining, Helsinki, Finnish design, eco living

The art of Arabic calligraphy

Posted on November 3, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am not sure if there is such a term, but I think I am a "compulsive learner". I constantly want to learn new skills even though I barely have the time to pursue them.
I have always been interested in different cultures especially Arabic, partly due to my fascination with its arts [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Arabic calligraphy

The last days of autumn

Posted on November 1, 2012 by Toothpicker

I love British summers but my favourite time of the year is still autumn. Although we don't have spectacular autumn foliage like Canada, United States, Japan and Korea, where people would travel annually to specific spots to watch fall colours; we can still take some time to appreciate the beauty of the [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, walks, nature, autumn

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