2016 was crap, but will 2017 be any better?

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Toothpicker

'Hope' sculpture in New York City was created by American artist Robert Indiana in 2009
 
It's a pessimistic title, but after a roller-coaster 2016, is there anything to look forward to in 2017?
I consider myself a positive person and I have always been able to bounce back up after crises and difficult periods [...]

This post was posted in Social issues, Politics and was tagged with politics, the age of Aquarius


Le Festival du Merveilleux au Musée des Arts Forains

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Paris is renowned for its world-class museums and galleries, yet it also has many quirky museums that are off the beaten track, and Musée des Arts Forains is one of them. This private museum opened in 1996 and it is located within the Les Pavillons de Bercy, the 19th century wine warehouses built [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Paris and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, photography, museums, funfair


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


Fluorescent Chrysanthemum at ICA

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Like 2016, 1968 was a turbulent year with seismic social and political change taking place across the globe. It was the year when the civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated; Apollo 8 and three US astronauts orbited the moon; 800,000 students, teachers and [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art, British art and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, ICA, graphic design, Japanese art, British art, Fluorescent Chrysanthemum


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


Kew gardens in autumn

Posted on November 8, 2016 by Toothpicker

The grade II Listed Temple of Bellona was built by Sir William Chambers in 1760
 
The last time I visited Kew Gardens was some years back in the summer when a friend was visiting the UK. We took a boat from Westminster all the way to Kew, and we had a lovely day [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, nature, gardens, autumn, walking, kew gardens


A tour of the endangered Hornsey Town Hall

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Art Deco Hornsey Town Hall is a landmark building in Crounch End
 
Recently, the Grade II* listed 1930s Art Deco building Hornsey town hall in Crouch End has received much media attention due to Haringey council's plans to turn part of the building into a boutique luxury hotel developed by a Hong [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Hornsey town hall, Crouch End


Jeff Koons at Newport Street Gallery

Posted on October 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Ok, I am not a fan of Jeff Koons nor Damien Hirst, so what was I doing at Hirst's art gallery for Koons' Now exhibition? One reason: architecture. This month, Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall was named as the winner of this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize for [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Contemporary, contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Newport street gallery


The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


Brixton Design Trail

Posted on October 1, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
'We Stand As Living Monuments' by 2MZ at Black Cultural Archives
 
My last stop at the London design festival was Brixton – a new addition to this year design district. Under the theme ‘Rebel Rebel’, Brixton Design Trail featured a series of installations, exhibitions and events throughout the town centre by resident [...]

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


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