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London design festival 2017 at the V & A museum

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
After visiting Paris design week, I came back to London just in time for the London design festival. The scale of the festival is much bigger than the Paris one, which makes it harder to cover, hence I decided to focus on the main venue and the trade fairs.
My first stop was [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British designs, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary crafts, Design and was tagged with London, British design, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival, V & A Msueum


The power of flowers: Pierre-Joseph Redoute exhibition

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
There are many world-class art museums in Paris, but I tend to favour the lesser-known ones that are slightly off the beaten track. Located at the foot of Montmartre hill is Musée de la Vie romantique (The Museum of Romantic Life or Museum of the Romantics), a small and pretty hôtel particulier [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Contemporary crafts, Botanical art, French art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, contemporary crafts, botanical art, French art, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Musée de la Vie romantique


Maison et objet (autumn 17)

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Hall 6 at Maison et objet
 
The term 'enochlophobia' means fear of crowds, a phobia that I suspect I have – mildly. Although I don't experience blackouts or panic attacks in crowded places, I do feel overwhelmed, as if my energy is being sucked out of me, and I often feel exhausted afterwards.
This [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Travel, Business, Paris, Trade fairs, Design festivals & shows, Taiwanese design, Contemporary crafts, Korean design, Thai designs, Design, French design and was tagged with Japanese designs, paris, Maison & objet, Trade fair, Thai design, Taiwanese design, contemporary crafts, business, French design, korean design


Paris Design Week 17: Now! Le Off

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
I have to admit that I have not been keeping up with my blog writing this year, and there is a backlog of unfinished posts that are yet to be published; hence my new tactic is to reduce the amount of writing so that I can keep up to date with what [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paris, Design festivals & shows, Design, French design and was tagged with design show, paris, French design, Paris design week, Now! Le Off


The Painted Hall ceiling tour in Greenwich

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Toothpicker

Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich
 
I don't often visit Greenwich, but if I have friends visiting from abroad, this famous World Heritage Site would be one of the must-see spots in London. Known for its maritime history and royal links, Maritime Greenwich has been a royal manor since the early 15th century. The [...]

This post was posted in London, Art, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, British art, Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Painted Hall


Yorkshire sculpture park

Posted on August 26, 2017 by Toothpicker

Tony Cragg
 
I have long wanted to visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and my wish finally came true this summer. Like Hepworth Wakefield, the park also won the Museum of the Year award (back in 2014), and deservedly so. Sometimes high expectations may bring disappointments, but not in this case – the park is [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Britain, British art, contemporary, Sculptures and was tagged with nature, British art, sculptures, sculpture park, West Yorkshire, yorkshire sculpture park, Tony Cragg


Art in Yorkshire: Hepworth Wakefield

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Toothpicker

The stunning concrete architecture is designed by David Chipperfield architects
 
Two years ago, there was a major retrospective exhibition of Barbara Hepworth's work at Tate Britain, which I found fairly disappointing and felt it did not do justice to the great sculptor. Luckily, there are two museum/art gallery in the U.K. dedicated to [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Art, Britain, Contemporary, British art, Sculptures and was tagged with British art, sculptures, Hepworth Wakefield, Barbara Hepworth, Howard Hodgkin, comtemporary architecture, David Chipperfield, West Yorkshire


Art in Yorkshire: Jiro Takamatsu at the Henry Moore Institute

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
 
In July, I attended a talk on Japanese conceptual artist Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98), and the talk triggered my interest in the artist's works. The talk was an introduction to the artist's first solo exhibition outside of his home country of Japan, and it given by Takamatsu's Estate representative Yumiko [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Britain, Japanese art, Sculptures and was tagged with Japanese art, Jiro Takamatsu, Leeds, Henry Moore Institute, conceptual art


Franco Grignani: Art as design 1950-1990 at Estorick Collection

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Toothpicker

The tranquil Grade II listed Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
 
Reopened earlier this year after 5 months' of refurbishment, the delightful Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is one of my favourite museums in London. Located in Highbury, the museum is off the beaten track, so it is not touristy nor does [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Italian design, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Italian design, Franco Grignani, op art, Estorick Collection


Frieze sculpture 2017

Posted on July 16, 2017 by Toothpicker

 

Top left & bottom: Bernar Venet, 17 Acute Unequal Angles (2016); Bottom right: Ugo Rondinone, summer moon (2011)
 
Regent's Park is one of my favourite parks in London, and it becomes more enthralling in the summer when part of it is turned into a sculpture park by Frieze. I believe that art needs to [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Sculptures and was tagged with London, nature, sculptures, contemporary art, Frieze sculpture park


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