Architecture

Mino – the ancient washi paper town

Posted on September 22, 2018 by Toothpicker

The preserved townscape of Minoshi
 
I think many people who are interested in Japanese paper would have heard of Mino washi paper, especially after it was was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. The origin of this paper dates back to the Nara period (710 ~ 784 CE), and is [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, washi paper and was tagged with Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Mino, washi paper


Mr Shindo's shibori map of Arimatsu

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
One big mistake I made when I was planning my trip was that I underestimated the traveling and transferring time of using the public transport in Japan. Trains are punctual and frequent if you are traveling to major and more populated cities, but it becomes more complicated if you want to go [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Architecture, Fashion, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, Japan, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, traditional crafts, Japan, textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, suzusan, Arimatsu, Nagoya, House of Takeda


I.M. Pei's Shangri-La – Miho Museum

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
"The Peach Blossom Land" was a Chinese fable written by poet Tao Yuanming in 421 CE about a fisherman's discovery of a hidden valley - an ethereal utopia where contented people lead an ideal existence in harmony with nature, unaware of the outside world for centuries. It is similar to the mystical and [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Art, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary, Japan and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Kyoto, contemporary architecture, cherry blossom, Miho museum


Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum in Kyoto

Posted on September 3, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
I have wanted to visit Japanese potter, Kawai Kanjiro's former house - now his Memorial Museum for a long time. Yet for some reason, I never made it until this trip... it was a timely visit as the museum was like a quiet sanctuary compared to hassle and bustle in the [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Calligraphy, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japanese art, ceramics & potteries, Carving, Japan and was tagged with museums, Kyoto, Japanese architecture, calligraphy, pottery, wood carving, Kawai Kanjiro museum


Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Even if you are a born-and-bred Londoner, it is likely that there are neighbourhoods that you have yet to visit. I have heard of Pinner before, but to my surprise, I have never actually visited this village before. Located in north of Harrow in zone 5, it is not somewhere Londoners would [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Graphics & illustrations, Art, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, illustrations, British art, cartoons, Heath Robinson


Christmas in London

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Toothpicker

Regent Street's Christmas lights
 
Apparently, the British are the most Christmas-obsessed people in the world, according to the results of a recent research. This doesn't seem to surprise me judging from shoppers' behaviour before Christmas. However, there is also a large population of people here who, under different circumstances, do not have families [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Street art & graffiti, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with London, architecture, Food & dining, street life, street art, walking, Christmas, Christmas lights


London Mithraeum & St Stephen Walbrook

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bloomberg Space in the City of London
 
Most Londoners are aware of London's Roman history, and that most of the Roman archaeological sites are buried underneath the City of London, London's historic financial district. However, not many knew about a Roman temple ruin that was rediscovered by chance on a bomb site in [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Art, Architectural conservation, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, British art, Architectural conservation, Henry Moore, London Mithraeum, St Stephen Walbrook


Rye – the quaint medieval town

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Before booking my day trip to Rye, I actually knew very little about this town. My intention was to visit Dungeness, so Rye was not my destination. But after spending most of the day in Dungeness, I had some spare time and I decided to explore the town before heading home.
 

 

 
Walking [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, sunset, Rye, cafe


Dungeness, Prospect cottage & Hurricane Ophelia

Posted on October 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
One early October weekend, I was checking the weather forecast on my iPad and it showed that Monday would be sunny. The symbol of the sun somehow triggered an urge in me to go to the seaside. I thought of visiting The Folkestone Triennial, but the photos of some contemporary art installations [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, Britain and was tagged with nature, gardens, contemporary architecture, Dungeness, Kent, Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage


Hauser & Wirth & Drawing Matter in Somerset

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

Hauser & Wirth Somerset

 
One day I receive an interesting newsletter from Architecture Foundation regarding a day trip to Somerset, visiting Hauser & Wirth and the nearby Drawing Matter. I had no idea that The 2014 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić had been relocated to Hauser & Wirth Somerset in [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Britain, Contemporary, British art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, gardens, serpentine pavilion, British art, contemporary architecture, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, Drawing matter


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