Capturing autumn colours

Posted on November 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Hampstead heath
 
This autumn, we have had some beautiful sunny days with vivid blue sky in London, therefore I couldn't resist taking the time off (during the week) to enjoy nature in this bustling city. And I didn't have to go far since Hampstead Heath is the sanctuary for nature in London.
 

Hampstead Heath
 
I [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, nature, photography, autumn, Hampstead, walking


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


British Ceramics Biennial 2015

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

The former Spode pottery factory was used as the main hub of the event
 
I found out about the British Ceramics Biennial (26th September to 8th November) on the news, and it got me intrigued as I have never visited Stoke on Trent, the pottery home of England before this trip [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, British designs, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary crafts, Britain, Design, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with British design, contemporary crafts, Stoke on Trent, British ceramics biennal, ceramics & potteries


Frieze London 2015

Posted on October 25, 2015 by Toothpicker

2nd row left: 'Cierra' by John de Andrea at Galerie Perrotin; 2nd middle: 'Steel Broken Figure' by Daniel Arsham at Galerie Perrotin; 2nd row right: 'Mutter' by Erwin Wurm
 
I have continued to declare that I am not a fan of art fairs, yet my curiosity has led me back to them somehow [...]

This post was posted in London, Art, Art fair, contemporary and was tagged with London, art fairs, contemporary art, Frieze


The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
 
Opened in October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by star architect Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne adjacent to Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, the $143 million sails-inspired glass building is a contemporary art museum consisted of 11 galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant, a bookstore [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Gardens & parks, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, parks, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Louis Vuitton Fondation, Frank Gehry


Autumn in Paris

Posted on October 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

 

 
I had originally planned to visit Maison et objet, the mega design trade show in Paris at the beginning of September. Yet an unexpected event happened at home and I decided to postpone by trip by about a month.
I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the trip, but the beauty of Paris [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Art, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, gardens, sculptures, street life


London design festival 15 at Somerset house

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

Marc Quinn's 'Frozen Waves, Broken Sublimes' sculptures in the courtyard
 
My last stop at the design festival was the Somerset House, a new major destination this year. In the courtyard were four new monumental sculptures by Marc Quinn entitled 'Frozen Wave and Broken Sublime'. The stainless steel sculptures' primal, gestural shapes originate from [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, British design, London Design Festival, Somerset house


Design Junction 2015

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 [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Talks, Trade fairs, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary crafts, Design and was tagged with London, design show, talks, design junction, London Design Festival, lighting


Tent London 2015

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

Facade of 100% Norway at Tent London
 
For some reason, the design trade shows that I attended this year at The London design festival appeared to be quieter than usual. At Tent London, the atmosphere was a far cry from the chaos I experienced last year... not sure if it was the time [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Trade fairs, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary crafts, Design and was tagged with design show, talks, Tent London, Taiwanese design, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival, Irish design


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