Monthly Archives: March 2015

What I learnt at Art Basel Hong Kong...

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Toothpicker

The alluring appeal of Gilbert & George...
I arrived in Hong Kong in the midst of the Art Basel weekend, and ART was the hottest topic in town. From a city that was once nicknamed 'cultural desert', Hong Kong has come a long way to become the new art hub of Asia. But [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Art, Art fair, Asian art and was tagged with Hong Kong, art fairs, Asian art, contemporary art, Art Basel Hong Kong

Spring in London!

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Technically speaking, spring has yet to arrive when I took these photos before my annual trip to Asia. Yet flowers in London have started to blossom despite the persistent cold weather.
If you take a stroll in the park, you will notice colours like yellow, purple and pink starting to emerge. Daffodils and [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, nature, parks, spring

London's art & design exhibitions (Winter/Spring 15)

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top & bottom left: Richard Tuttle's 'I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language' at Tate Modern. Bottom right: Phillip King's sculptures at Tate Britain
As usual, there is a diverse array of art, design and photography exhibitions being shown across London at major museums and smaller galleries. Here is a recap [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, photography, British art, Asian art

The last days of winter

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

Although Londoners had to endure a cold winter this year, we have also had many sunny days. I don't mind the cold weather much as long as it is not consistently grey and wet. I am prone to winter blues if I am obliged to stay indoor for a long period of [...]

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

Shopping in Lisbon

Posted on March 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

Window of a wine shop in Lisbon
Shopping in Lisbon is fun because there are many independent shops including vintage and traditional shops that are disappearing fast in London. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of time to shop, but I did manage to visit a few 'essential' shopping destinations and stumbled across [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Design, Vintage, Lisbon, Portuguese design and was tagged with shopping, Letterpress, illustrations, Shopping guide, vintage shopping, Portugal, Lisbon, portuguese design

Lisbon's art deco & art nouveau architecture

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Interior of Cais do Sodre station
Lisbon has a fantastic variety of architecture from different periods, including one of my favourites: Art Deco.
I was quite pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Lisbon's Cais do Sodre station to catch a train towards Cascais. Opened in 1928 and designed by Pedro Botelho and Nuno Teotónio Pereira [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Modernist & Art Deco, Portugal, Lisbon and was tagged with art deco architecture, Portugal, Lisbon, art nouveau architecture

Lisbon's Brutalist architecture

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

In recent years, Brutalist architecture has made an unexpected comeback. Eyesore or masterpieces? It is all relatively subjective. In Lisbon, there are some fine examples that are worth exploring if you are interested in this type of architecture:

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - The foundation is a vast complex that houses Museu [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Lisbon, Portuguese design and was tagged with Brutalism, modernist architecture, Portugal, Lisbon

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