Contemporary craft

100% design 2015

Posted on October 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

100% design's new venue in Olympia; right: Donar
 
Having visited The London design festival for many years, I somehow feel that the festival is losing its spark/edge. The guide is undoubtedly getting thicker and heavier (not sure if anyone enjoyed carrying this design festival 'bible' around for 10 days), yet the [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Talks, Trade fairs, Chinese design, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with London, talks, Trade fair, chinese design, 100% design, London Design Festival


New Designers 2015 (Part 2)

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
A delayed entry on the New Designers 2015, the annual design graduation show that took place on 6th-9th July at the Islington Business centre. As usual, it was a fantastic opportunity to spot new talents and meet them in person. Here are just some of the highlights from the Part 2 of [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Eco designs, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with London, British design, contemporary crafts, New designers, illustrations


Portuguese crafts and designs

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

Magetica magazine gallery at Cidadela art district, showcasing knitted creations by Urostigre; Bottom right: Gosto D'Africa
 
One of the (many) reasons why I love Portugal is that it is immensely artistic. Art can be seen everywhere, from street art to azulejos in churches; and the Portuguese particularly excel in handicrafts, which has been [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, azulejos, Design, Portugal, Portuguese design and was tagged with shopping, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, azulejos, Portugal, portuguese design


DesignrsBlock & Design Junction 2014

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top left: DesignersBlock in Clerkenwell; 2nd row middle: Plumen's tree installation; 2nd row right: Dome by The Dub Module; Bottom: Beth Lewis-Williams
 
To be honest, I didn't think DesignersBlock's previous venue (South bank) was a suitable one because the show was too scattered and it just didn't gel together as a whole [...]

This post was posted in London, Paper art & craft, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Design, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, origami, contemporary crafts, design junction, designersblock, London Design Festival


Tent London 2014

Posted on October 6, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top: Danish made; Bottom left: 100% Norway; Bottom right: visitors relaxing outside on a warm Sept day
 
This year, I was surprised by the number of Asian designers participating at Tent London. I ended up spending about 3 hours there and chatted to many designers, which left me feeling quite exhausted and [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Contemporary craft, Korean design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Tent London, Taiwanese design, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival


London design festival 14: V & A Museum

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top & bottom left: Crest by Zaha Hadid Architects; Bottom right: Carousal wall by David David and Johnson Tiles
 
Another year, another design festival... unlike the previous years, I didn't have the time to do much planning beforehand, so I missed many talks especially at the V & A because they were [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries, Art, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, short films, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival


Collect crafts fair 2014

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top left: Saatchi Gallery; Top right: Kaori Tatebayashi; 2nd row middle: Richard Slee & James Maskrey; 2nd row right: Clare Twomey's '1000 bowls'; Bottom left: Sachi Fujikake; Bottom right: Shigekazu Nagae

 
May and Sept must be two of the busiest months in London for designers and crafts people as there are [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Contemporary craft and was tagged with London, contemporary crafts, Craft fair, Collect


Design Shanghai 2014

Posted on March 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

The exterior of Shanghai exhibition centre
 
For my annual trip to Asia this year, I decided to skip Japan and opted for Singapore to visit Maison et objet Asia ( the first show outside of Paris) and Singapore design week. But I also wanted to make a trip to China to [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Talks, Chinese design, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Shanghai, Design and was tagged with design show, talks, contemporary crafts, chinese design, Shanghai


In this place, in this time exhibition

Posted on September 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
Living in London means it is impossible to run out of cultural and arts events to see or visit. As much as I enjoy visiting the world-class museums and galleries, I still favour the more intimate, quirky and less touristy galleries dotted around the city.
I only found out about The Crypt gallery [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography, Art, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Japanese art


Fine cell work

Posted on June 27, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
I was not aware of the organisation Fine cell work until my friend brought me to their one day exhibition/ sale in Hampstead. And I was quite genuinely surprised by what I saw at the event.
The showroom was set inside a lovely house in Hampstead with a beautiful garden. We were greeted [...]

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