Read & write

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


New York art book fair 2016

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Toothpicker

MoMa PS1, Queens
 
As a newbie to art book fairs, I had no idea what to expect at the New York art book fair hosted by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1 in Queens. I have visited the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2015 (there wasn't one this year), but [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Shopping, Travel, New York, Read & write, books, Publishing, illustrated books & zines, Book fair and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, books, New York, illustrated books & zines, New York art book fair


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


Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
 
Shibuya
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, bookshops


Musashino Place: The ideal library

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
While I was in Tokyo, I met up with the Japanese architect/ director behind a brand that we will be launching soon. I mentioned to him that I would be visiting the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum, and he recommended a visit to the nearby Musashino Place in Musashino City.
Designed by kw [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, library, Musashino Place, Japanese architecture


Foyles & the comeback of bookstores

Posted on November 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

Living in this fast-paced world today, is there even time for nostalgia? Changes are inevitable in big cities, but not all changes are necessarily positive. In Hong Kong, I often complain to my local friends that 90% of the lovely spots that I discovered the year before are likely to disappear within [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Read & write, Contemporary, books and was tagged with books, Shopping guide, contemporary architecture, Foyles, bookshops


The art of letter writing

Posted on November 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

New paper stationery by Kuroyagiza from Japan
 
Can you remember the last time you received a handwritten letter from someone? I can't (postcards don't count). Have we lost the art of letter writing? Did you ever have pen pals when you were younger? In recent years, authors, designers and retailers are trying to [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Korean stationery, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, letter writing


Art bookbenches in London

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: Theodor Seuss Geisel (artwork) Created by Jane Headford; Bottom: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories by Valerie Osment
 
If you have been out and about in London this summer, then you are bound to have come across one of the bookbenches somewhere in the city. There are 50 different benches [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Read & write and was tagged with London, books, illustrations, British art, outdoor art installations, Art benches


The habit of diary writing

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Gongjang's eco Balance diary
 
A few years ago, I was doing some decluttering at home and I found an old diary written by me at the age of seven. The diary was about a holiday with my family and the 'dilemma' that I was facing then. Of course what bothered me at seven [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Read & write and was tagged with stationery, Diary writing


Navigating through the social media world

Posted on August 2, 2013 by Toothpicker

This entry is all about social media because I want to share my journey/ experience with those who are as overwhelmed, confused and sometimes fed up as me.
When this blog entry is being published, I will be 'unplugging' from the internet for a week in a remote and scenic part of Scotland [...]

This post was posted in Business, Read & write and was tagged with books, business, social media


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