Travel

Rye – the quaint medieval town

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Before booking my day trip to Rye, I actually knew very little about this town. My intention was to visit Dungeness, so Rye was not my destination. But after spending most of the day in Dungeness, I had some spare time and I decided to explore the town before heading home.
 

 

 
Walking [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, sunset, Rye, cafe


Dungeness, Prospect cottage & Hurricane Ophelia

Posted on October 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
One early October weekend, I was checking the weather forecast on my iPad and it showed that Monday would be sunny. The symbol of the sun somehow triggered an urge in me to go to the seaside. I thought of visiting The Folkestone Triennial, but the photos of some contemporary art installations [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, Britain and was tagged with nature, gardens, contemporary architecture, Dungeness, Kent, Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage


The doors of Paris

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
 
Top: Petit Palais' Beaux-art façade designed by Charles Girault
 
This post is dedicated to all the beautiful, magnificent, elegant, quirky, stylish, and unconventional doors in Paris. If you haven't noticed the doors in Paris, then start looking when you are in the city next time. Here is a collection that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Modernist & Art Deco, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, art deco architecture, art nouveau architecture, doors


The wonders of Musee Guimet

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Undoubtedly, Paris is a city with many outstanding world-class museums and art galleries, but sometimes the sheer volume of visitors at Louvre, Musee D'Orsay and Grand Palais is simply overwhelming and off-putting. Hence, I would rather spend my time lingering at some excellent but lesser known or less popular museums. And one [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Art, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japanese art, Asian art, contemporary, Sculptures, French art and was tagged with paris, gardens, Japanese art, sculptures, Asian art, Buddhist art, French art, Musee Guimet, Prune Nourry


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


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


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