Architecture

Colonial architecture and churches in Kochi

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Toothpicker

St Francis Church
 
I love architecture and I am particularly fascinated by colonial style architecture. In Fort Kochi, you are likely to encounter numerous built in Dutch and Portuguese styles, including many beautiful Portuguese churches and cathedral.
Heritage hotels
I chose to spend the first night at a mid-range 3-star heritage hotel by the Chinese [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, walking, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala, Kochi, churches


Forgotten Masterpieces: Indian Painting for the East India Company

Posted on March 2, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
 
Even though I am a regular art exhibition-goer in London, I often miss many excellent but less publicised exhibitions in town. Luckily, I did manage to see the rare and wonderful "Forgotten Masterpieces: Indian Painting for the East India Company" at The Wallace Collection before my travels to Asia.
Guest curated by [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, British heritage, Botanical art, Indian art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, heritage, botanical art, Indian art, art, Wallace Collection, Forgotten Masters


Emmanuelle Moureaux's 'Slices of Time' exhibition at Now Gallery

Posted on February 10, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have been a fan of Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux and her colour-driven architecture for some time. Since 1996, she has been living in Tokyo where she established Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design in 2003. I have never actually seen Moureaux's architecture and installations in real life, so I was really [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Paper art & craft, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary, contemporary and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, architecture, graphic design, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Emmanuelle Moureaux, art, paper art


London's new street food halls & markets

Posted on January 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

Flat Iron Square in Southwark
 
Once upon a time, visitors to London used to tell me that London rarely changes, especially when you compare to cities in Asia. Well, you can't really compare London to cities like Beijing or Shanghai, but as a Londoner, I feel that London has changed immensely over the [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Markets, Architectural conservation and was tagged with London, Food & dining, architecture, Architectural conservation, Food markets, street food, street food markets


"Floating worlds: Japanese woodcuts" exhibition at Brighton Museum

Posted on January 13, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have visited exhibitions on Ukiyo-e (Japanese Woodblock prints) in Japan, France and London before, but never in Brighton. After reading some positive reviews on the "Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts" exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, I decided to head to Brighton to see the exhibition before it ended.
Oddly enough [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japanese art, British heritage, woodblock printing, Britain and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, museums, Japanese art, Brighton, woodblock printing, ukiyo-e, Brighton Museum and art gallery


London design festival & Kengo Kuma at the V & A museum

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Over the past few years, I have been quite disappointed with design industry's 'slow response' in tackling the sustainability issues, and felt the same way when I visited trade shows and exhibitions at the London design festival. Finally, things have changed this year. Sustainability and handmade crafts became the main focus of [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Talks, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Design, Contemporary, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, architecture, talks, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival, ceramics & potteries, sustainability, Kengo Kuma, V and A museum


William Morris' Red House in Bexleyheath

Posted on August 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Architecture in Bexleyheath
 
Although I live in London, there are still many areas of the city that I am unfamiliar with or have never been to. I have long wanted to visit William Morris' former residence Red House in Bexleyheath, but somehow never got round to it. Since August is a quiet [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Nature, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Gardens & parks, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, nature, gardens, British design, heritage, William Morris, Architectural conservation, arts & crafts movements, Red House


Kevin Cheung's design studio visit at Blue House, Hong Kong

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I have been writing a lot about Hong Kong's heritage lately, and coincidentally when I contacted Kevin Cheung, a local upcycling designer, he invited me to meet him at his home studio, which is also located inside a heritage building: the Grade I listed Blue House in Wan Chai.
The Blue House Cluster [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, sustainability, upcycled design, Colonial architecture and was tagged with eco living, Hong Kong design, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, Kevin Cheung, Blue House, tong lau, upcycled design, eco


Tsz Shan Monastery & Buddhist Art Museum, Hong Kong

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Of course we all know this: money can't buy you happiness. But for Li Ka-shing, Asia's riches man, money can buy him a Buddhist Monastery, and possibly nirvana. I have wanted to visit Tsz Shan Monastery funded by the Li Ka Shing Foundation since its opening four years ago. However, the online [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Buddhist art and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, nature, Buddhism, Buddhist art, Tsz Shan Monastery, Buddhist art museum


HK heritage: "Once lost but now found" exhibition at Oi!

Posted on June 2, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In the middle of a busy commercial and residential district in North Point, a Grade II historic colonial-style building surrounded by highrise looks rather out of place here. Built in 1908, this heritage building was the clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club located on Victoria Harbour’s foreshore. But the reclamation [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Architectural conservation, Typography, Hong Kong art, Colonial architecture and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, architecture, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, typography, Hong Kong art, art, Oi!, street signs


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