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The beauty of winter

Posted on December 29, 2011 by Toothpicker

For the past two years, I chose to spend the New Year period at meditation retreats outside of London, but this year I decided to take a break from everything. Going on retreats sometimes stir up a lot of emotions and feelings that had accumulated over time and it could take up [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature and was tagged with London, walks, nature


The Booking office

Posted on December 20, 2011 by Toothpicker

I have wanted to try the Booking Office for quite a while, partly because I wanted to check out its interior and architecture. Finally, I went there for brunch on Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I thought the setting is stunning, it makes you almost feel like you are inside [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, heritage, Food & dining


Souvenir from Hong Kong (stationery)

Posted on December 20, 2011 by Toothpicker

Although I didn't buy very much in Hong Kong, I did make a few interesting purchases...
Greeting card
I think the illustration of this greeting card shows the Hong Kong that I am familiar with: chaotic, colourful, cramped but full of character. Sadly, in recent years the city's unique buildings and street scenes are [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Stationery, Shopping, Travel, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with stationery, shopping, Hong Kong design


Souvenir from Tokyo (part 2: stationery)

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Toothpicker

In the past, I couldn't resist shopping endlessly whenever I went to Tokyo; nowadays, I shop a lot less but I still can't resist the wonderful Japanese stationery. My favourite stationery shop in the world is Ito-ya in Ginza, where my friend and I could spend more than 3 hours wandering up [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Travel, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping


Souvenir from Tokyo (part 1)

Posted on December 17, 2011 by Toothpicker

Again, I was supposed to write about this right after I got back from Asia... it has taken me a while to sort out the photos but I really want to share the goodies I brought back from Tokyo because they are so weird and wonderful!
 
Pianissimo ViV Menthol cigarettes
I am no [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Shopping, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, shopping, Packaging


East London design show 2011

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Toothpicker

I was meant to write about the East London design show right after it ended but I caught a bad flu which disrupted all my work schedules. I almost thought I had to pull out of the show because I was so poorly! I missed half of Friday but luckily, other designers [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, British designs, Design, Pop ups and was tagged with London, East London design show, Christmas shopping, pop up shop


Exhibitions in Tokyo & Hong Kong (Nov 2011)

Posted on December 14, 2011 by Toothpicker

While I was in Tokyo, I went to a few exhibitions including: Irving Penn and Issey Miyake's Visual Dialogue at 21_21 Design Sight in Midtown, Metabolism: the city of the future at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills and Japan's long selling products at Printing Museum in Koishikawa.
Irving Penn and Issey Miyake's [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Japanese designs, Tokyo, Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Design, Japanese art, Chinese art and was tagged with Hong Kong, Tokyo, art and design exhibitions


Letterpress business cards

Posted on December 11, 2011 by Toothpicker

It was quite a challenge to find a letterpress printer that could deliver within a short time frame and not be charged an arm and a leg! After contacting many printers both within the UK and outside, I eventually went for 'Glasgow Press'.
The card used is Colorplan pristine white 540 gsm, edge [...]

This post was posted in Business, Graphics & illustrations and was tagged with graphic design, Letterpress, business cards


Yuruliku's Tokyo studio visit

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Toothpicker

While I was in Tokyo, I was glad to be invited to our Tokyo designer, Yuruliku's studio in Ochanomizu, an area which I have never visited before. There are many university campuses and musical instruments stores here (which I later discovered when my friend and I got very lost).
Foolishly, I left the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Travel, Greeting cards, Anything Japanese, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, Yuruliku


Good design award exhibition 2011

Posted on November 22, 2011 by Toothpicker

In Tokyo Midtown, I visited the Good design award exhibition 2011 exhibited this year's award-winning Japanese designs. My favourite was DoCoMo's ad for their Touchwood mobile phone, Xylophone of the Forest (click on the link to watch the amazing film). The campaign was cancelled because it launched on the day the tsunami [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, Tokyo design week


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