Designers at work

London Christmas fairs 2016

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Left: Selecting products for the Christmas fairs; Right: New postcards with info of the Christmas fairs
 
Since our e-shop first started 5 years ago (I can't believe it has been 5 years already!), we have participated in different pop-up Christmas fairs around London. They serve as our opportunity to meet customers/ potential [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Business, Designers at work, Pop ups and was tagged with London, business, Christmas shopping, pop up shop, Christmas markets


Our 4th theme: Read

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Toothpicker

Charlene's initial draft of the home page
 
The initial idea of selling art books and zines emerged about 2 years ago, stemming from my passion for printed matters and reading. Having launched three themes focusing solely on products, it seems like a change of direction to sell books, magazines and zines. Yet I [...]

This post was posted in Business, Graphics & illustrations, Read & write, Designers at work, Publishing, illustrated books & zines and was tagged with business, illustrations, illustrated books & zines, publishing, magazines


Christmas markets 2015

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Three weekends of Christmas market at the Barbican Centre
 
I admit that I am not a natural salesperson. I have always worked behind the scenes, and selling face to face is a 'skill' that I had to learn when I started this business.
I know that popping up once a year is not [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Business, Designers at work, Design, Pop ups and was tagged with Barbican, Christmas shopping, pop up shop, Christmas markets


New product ranges from Japan

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Katamaku - an upcycled stationery and product range
 
In the last 2 months, we added three new product ranges from Japan, including: upcycled stationery by KATAMAKU, textile products by Tenp, and Sola cube and Sola Zukan by Sola.

During my trip to Japan earlier this year, I met up with Japanese architect Shimon [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Nature, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Contemporary crafts, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, nature, contemporary crafts, sola cube, tenp10, katamaku, sashiko weaving


Furze Chan's Chai Wan studio visit

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Toothpicker

One of the perks of my job is to have opportunities to communicate with designers from different backgrounds and nationalities. Often I am intrigued by them and want to know more about the person/team behind the designs. And Hong Kong illustrator/designer Furze Chan is one of them.
I came across Furze's With her [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Stationery, Shopping, Travel, Greeting cards, Hong Kong design, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, Hong Kong design, Furze Chan, Chai Wan


East London Design Show 2013

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left & right: Christ Church and Spitalfields market; Bottom left & right: Another Christmas market and street art outside of the Old Truman Brewery.
 
This year was our third consecutive year to be showing at the East London Design Show, and the venue had changed from Shoreditch town hall to the [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, British designs, Designers at work, Design, Pop ups and was tagged with London, British design, East London design show, Christmas shopping, pop up shop


Our new theme: PLAY

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
In the past few years, I noticed a "back to basic" trend happening in the developed countries, and even in product designs, many designers have opted for less decorative style and creating products from natural material. Simple wooden toys also seem to have made a comeback, which I am quite happy to [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Paper craft, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, paper craft, Taiwanese design, business


Garrison & the moreTrees project

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
A long overdue post on our 'last' product launch before the theme changes this week. Garrison was a brand I was introduced to at the Tokyo Gift Fair back in February.
After being introduced to different company directors who were all very formal and polite, it was quite refreshing to meet the passionate [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, wood products


Latitude 22N Studio visit

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

Julie and Jesse's Latitude 22N studio in Chai Wan
 
Since the launch of the e-shop over a year ago, I have had many opportunities to meet with different designers around the globe, though I particularly enjoy getting to know the designers I work with. It is not only about building long-term work relationships [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Art, Contemporary crafts, Hong Kong design, Designers at work, Design, Chinese art and was tagged with Hong Kong, Chinese art, Hong Kong design, contemporary crafts


East London design show 2012

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Toothpicker

A more prepared stand this year...
 
I have been so busy preparing for the show that I haven't had time to update the blog until now...
Last December, approximately 6 weeks after the launch, we did the first pop-up shopping event at East London design show. I was sick with flu, missed most of [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, British designs, Designers at work, Design, Pop ups and was tagged with London, East London design show, Christmas shopping, pop up shop


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