Monthly Archives: July 2014

RCA show 2014

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

RCA show 2014 at their Kensington campus
 
There are many design graduation exhibitions in June and July but the RCA show is certainly one of the most popular one. The design industry is always looking for new talents, so this show is a good opportunity to meet the design stars of the future [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, design show, British design, RCA show


Daniel Libeskind in London

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre on Holloway Road 
 
Polish architect Daniel Libeskind was in London during London's festival of architecture, though he was not here for the festival, instead he was here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre on Holloway Road.
I have never been inside this building [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Talks, Contemporary and was tagged with London, talks, contemporary architecture


Japanese cultural events in London

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Being one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, it is easy to find different arts and cultural events in London including many Asian-related ones.
Since June I have attended several Japanese cultural events which offer a glimpse of the past, current and future arts scene in Japan. As someone [...]

This post was posted in London, Talks, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art, Japanese art and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, talks, graphic design, Japanese art, illustrations, theatre


Conceptual art exhibitions & performance in London

Posted on July 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

Ai Weiwei's 'Forever'
 
Last month, I visited Lisson Gallery to see the new exhibitions of two renowed contemporary conceptual artists, Ai Weiwei (until 19th July) and Richard Long (just ended).
I have quite mixed feelings towards Ai Weiwei because I often think that his political activism, colourful character and public relations seem to outshine [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, Theatre & performance art, Chinese art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Chinese art, Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, Richard Long, performance art


Help save Smithfield market!

Posted on July 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The beautiful interior of Smithfield general market
 
I never intended to use this blog to advocate for a cause or an issue, but the more I write, the more I realised that there are many issues that matter to me (and to many others) and I simply cannot ignore them. I feel [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Social issues, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, Smithfield market


London festival of architecture: Balfron Tower

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
The month-long London festival of architecture this year was full of interesting tours and activities. I took the opportunity and book myself onto a tour to visit the iconic Grade II listed Balfron Tower in East London by British Hungarian architect, Ernő Goldfinger. (believe it or not, Ian Fleming did name his [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Social issues, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with London, architecture, Brutalism, London festival of architecture, social housing


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