Monthly Archives: September 2014

Home & 100% design 2014

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Toothpicker

100% design entrance tunnel created by Studio Design UK
 
During the London design festival, the first two stops for me were Home in Olympia and 100% Design in Earls Court. I visited our Japanese supplier Di-Classe's stand at Home and was glad to know that the show has generated a lot of interests [...]

This post was posted in London, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with Trade fair, 100% design, London Design Festival


Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

Hong Kong's future is depicted in the photo above... foggy & unclear
 
Originally I was going to publish further posts on the London design festival, but what has been happening in Hong Kong has prompted me to write about the city where I consider as my second home.
I was shocked and saddened by [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Social issues, Politics and was tagged with Hong Kong, umbrella revolution, politics


London design festival 14: V & A Museum

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top & bottom left: Crest by Zaha Hadid Architects; Bottom right: Carousal wall by David David and Johnson Tiles
 
Another year, another design festival... unlike the previous years, I didn't have the time to do much planning beforehand, so I missed many talks especially at the V & A because they were [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries, Art, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary crafts, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, short films, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival


Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Meditation & Buddhism, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


Myth - Deloitte Ignite 14

Posted on September 21, 2014 by Toothpicker

Deloitte Ignite 14 at the Royal Opera House
 
I have attended the Royal Opera House's annual contemporary arts festival Deloitte Ignite for a few years now, and I think it's a highly successful event that reflects the company's ability to constantly evolve itself.
This year, the co-curator is Minn Moore Ede from the National [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Music & Sound, Art and was tagged with London, dance, Royal opera house, Deloitte Ignite, Balletboyz


Museum of Broken Relationships

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Toothpicker

Festival of love at South Bank
 
I am sure most of us have experienced heartaches at some points in our lives (unless you have never been in love before or have stayed with only one person all your life - well, lucky you!), but how do we deal with all those love [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Museum of broken relationships


Rooftops and outdoor dining in London

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Toothpicker

Dalston's Street Feast
 
This blog entry was meant to be published in the summer but somehow I got distracted and left it unfinished. Now that the sun has returned after the awful rainy and cold August, perhaps we can still take advantage of the rooftops and outdoor dining venues during our last days [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, Food & dining, roof gardens


Contemporary art & design exhibitions in Paris

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

 Baitogogo by Henrique Oliveira at Palais de Tokyo
 
My last post on Paris is about the contemporary art and design exhibitions I visited this summer...
I have quite conflicted feelings towards contemporary art, I find some work stimulating and groundbreaking, yet others totally pointless... it is almost hard to find a middle ground. However [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Paris, Art, Design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, paris, contemporary art, palais de Tokyo


Contemporary architecture in Paris

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Institut du Monde Arabe
 
If you were asked to think of contemporary architecture in Paris, what buildings would pop up in your head? La Defense? Pompidou Centre? Louvre's Pyramid? Unlike London, contemporary architecture is not as visible, but they are there, slightly hidden in various parts of Paris. And the architect who contributed [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Paris, Design, French design, Contemporary and was tagged with paris, French design, Jean Nouvel, contemporary architecture


Paris Asiatique

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

Musée Guimet
 
Aside from the Japanese gardens in Albert Kahn's museum and gardens, there are many other places in Paris for Asian culture enthusiasts because the French have always had a passion/interest in Asian arts and culture, much more so than the English. Although London is a multicultural city with many great [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Meditation & Buddhism, Art, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Asian art and was tagged with paris, Chinese art, gardens, Japanese art, Asian art, Buddhist art


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