Posted on June 16, 2016 by Toothpicker
The Grade II listed Round Chapel, Hackney
Organised by London-based Nobrow Press, the fifth annual East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF) took place over three days at the Round Chapel and MKII gallery in Hackney.
The festival is designed to showcase some of the most exciting works in comics and illustrations, and it features [...]
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Posted on November 20, 2015 by Toothpicker
It is rare to visit an exhibition dedicated to typography, even in London.
Therefore, an exhibition on the development of the Gill Sans typeface by British artist/ sculptor/ type designer/ printmaker Eric Gill proved to be popular among graphic designers and typography lovers.
Gill designed the hugely popular Gill Sans sans-serif typeface between 1927-30 for [...]
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Posted on October 11, 2015 by Toothpicker
Top row: the art deco features at Victoria House: 2nd & bottom rows: The college
Like 100% Design, this year, Design Junction moved from its previous location (the Former Royal Mail Sorting Office on New Oxford Street) to two enormous and historical venues on Southampton Row - the art deco Victoria [...]
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Posted on October 2, 2015 by Toothpicker
100% design's new venue in Olympia; right: Donar
Having visited The London design festival for many years, I somehow feel that the festival is losing its spark/edge. The guide is undoubtedly getting thicker and heavier (not sure if anyone enjoyed carrying this design festival 'bible' around for 10 days), yet the [...]
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Posted on July 10, 2015 by Toothpicker
A few months ago, I walked past a non-orthogonal shaped brick building in Holborn that caught my attention. Later, I learnt that this striking Riba Stirling Prize-nominated building is London School of Economics' Saw Swee Hock student centre designed by Irish architectural practice O'Donnell + Tuomey (Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey) [...]
Posted on August 7, 2014 by Toothpicker
It's not an exaggeration to say the 'dilemma' that faces many Londoners is not the lack of entertainment/consumption choices, but the overwhelming of choices available. And when it comes to cultural events, we are just spoiled for choice and it's hard to keep up even if you are subscribed to hundreds of [...]
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Posted on July 23, 2014 by Toothpicker
London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre on Holloway Road
Polish architect Daniel Libeskind was in London during London's festival of architecture, though he was not here for the festival, instead he was here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre on Holloway Road.
I have never been inside this building [...]
Posted on July 17, 2014 by Toothpicker
Being one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, it is easy to find different arts and cultural events in London including many Asian-related ones.
Since June I have attended several Japanese cultural events which offer a glimpse of the past, current and future arts scene in Japan. As someone [...]
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Posted on June 24, 2014 by Toothpicker
Top & bottom left: The Familoe building; Top middle: Kenneth Grange's talk; St James's church; Bottom right: Studio Weave's Smith pavilion
Over the years, I have witnessed the Clerkenwell design week growing bigger and now it has become one of the important international design events. Aside from the several main venues, showrooms [...]
Posted on April 18, 2014 by Toothpicker
I did not expect to take so long to write about Shanghai (I envy bloggers who publish daily entries), hence this blog entry on Maison et Objet Asia is much delayed...
Less than a week after my trip to Shanghai, I was off to Singapore to attend the first Maison et Objet show [...]
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