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A tour of the endangered Hornsey Town Hall

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Art Deco Hornsey Town Hall is a landmark building in Crounch End
 
Recently, the Grade II* listed 1930s Art Deco building Hornsey town hall in Crouch End has received much media attention due to Haringey council's plans to turn part of the building into a boutique luxury hotel developed by a Hong [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Hornsey town hall, Crouch End


The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


Mr Men & Little Misses' mini museum

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
It is hard to believe that Mr Men & Little Misses are 45 years old! Created by writer and illustrator Roger Hargreaves for his young son, Adam, the series has become an international cultural phenonmenon since its launch more than four decades ago. Adam took over the reins of the Mr Men [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations, Read & write, British heritage and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, graphic design, heritage, illustrations, Mr Men, cartoons


Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
 
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Britain, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


The Crossness Pumping Station

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I love historical places and architecture that offer insights into the past. In London, there are never shortages of heritage buildings with significant importance; in fact, there are so many that we often forget their existence until the annual Open House weekend!
I enjoy visiting hidden gems all year round, hence when [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, Architectural conservation


The Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

Posted on August 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mackintosh architecture exhibition at RIBA London

 
Back in May I visited the Mackintosh architecture exhibition at the RIBA, which coincided with my Glasgow trip a month later. I have long wanted to visit Glasgow and buildings designed by the renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (I am gutted that [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Architectural conservation, Design, Glasgow, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, British design, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Blenheim Palace
 
For years, I have wanted to visit the 18th century Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and home of the Dukes of Marlborough; and finally last weekend, my friend and I joined a group to visit this splendid Baroque palace in Oxfordshire. We also managed to see Chinese artist [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Britain, Chinese art, British heritage and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Chinese art, heritage, Ai Weiwei, Blenheim Palace


Manchester's past & present

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

Bridgewater canal in Castlefield
 
Like human beings, all cities have their own characteristics, memories and energies. Having lived in several major cities at different stages of my life, I have come to realised that some cities' energies and mine just don't blend well (possibly to do with feng shui?). There are cities that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Britain, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, graffiti/ street art, Manchester, street life, England's canals


Henry Moore at Perry Green

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: Henry Moore's Large Reclining figure in bronze; Bottom left: Henry Moore's house, Hoglands
 
I love seeing sculptures outdoor, and one of my favourite sculpture parks is the Hakone open-air museum near Mount Fuji in Japan, where you would find over 100 sculptures by masters like Picasso, Rodin, Miro and Moore etc [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Britain, British art, British heritage, Sculptures and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, heritage, British art, sculptures, Henry Moore, sculpture park


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