Monthly Archives: September 2012

Open house weekend 2012

Posted on September 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

King's College, The Maughan Library
I have always looked forward to the annual Open house weekend in London, last year, I managed to book and visit some amazing places like the Lancaster House, Commonwealth Institute ( before the renovation to turn it into the new Design Museum) and the Oak room at [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Modernist & Art Deco, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, heritage, modernist architecture, social housing

What a Company!

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Toothpicker

Secrets of Russia at the Kiasma contemporary museum of art
I first saw Aamu/heard of Company at the London design festival two years ago and was really intrigued by her and Johan's work. Last year, their Reddress was exhibited at York hall during the London design festival ( see my first blog entry [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Helsiniki, Finnish design, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Helsinki, Finnish design

Finnish graphic design

Posted on September 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

Bold graphics can be seen everywhere in Helsinki
Not many people are aware of the amount of graphics that surround us in our everyday lives. Yet walking down the streets, we are constantly absorbing messages ( consciously or not) from adverts, signage and banners, there is just no escape.
In Helsinki, it is even [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Travel, Helsiniki, Finnish design, Graphics & illustrations, Visual merchandising and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Helsinki, Finnish design, graphic design, visual merchandising

The world of Alvar Aalto

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Toothpicker

Finlandia Hall (1967-71) and the interior of Academic bookshop (1966-1969)

I still remember how impressed I was after seeing 'Alvar Aalto: Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban' exhibition at the Barbican back in 2007, as I am a fan of both architects. Hence I couldn't miss the opportunity to visit Alvar Aalto's [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Helsiniki, Finnish design, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with Helsinki, alvar aalto, Finnish design, modernist architecture

Helsinki design week 2012

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Toothpicker

Pavilion, the main hub for the design week and the Lahti: Biennale ‘13 pavilion

Helsinki must be the 'hippest' city to visit this year, not only it is celebrating its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland ( from Turku), it is also the World Design Capital 2012. Before Helsinki, there were Turin [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Helsiniki, Finnish design, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with Helsinki, Finnish design, Helsinki design week

Deloitte Ignite 2012

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

This year's Africa weekend at Royal Opera House
It's probably hard to believe this but many exceptional arts and cultural events in London are actually free, and the annual Deloitte Ignite at the Royal Opera House is one of them. I have been to Deloitte Ignite for the past few years and it [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, Royal opera house, music, Deloitte Ignite

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