Contemporary craft

Iceland's Museum of Design and Applied Art

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
There are many museums in the centre of Reykjavik, so I am not sure how many tourists would venture out of the city to The Museum of Design and Applied Art located 6 km away from the centre. I managed to board onto the correct bus (number 1 from the City Hall [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Contemporary craft, Design, Iceland, Icelandic design and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, ceramics & potteries, Iceland, Icelandic design


New product ranges from Japan

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Katamaku - an upcycled stationery and product range
 
In the last 2 months, we added three new product ranges from Japan, including: upcycled stationery by KATAMAKU, textile products by Tenp, and Sola cube and Sola Zukan by Sola.

During my trip to Japan earlier this year, I met up with Japanese architect Shimon [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Nature, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, nature, contemporary crafts, sola cube, tenp10, katamaku, sashiko weaving


British Ceramics Biennial 2015

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

The former Spode pottery factory was used as the main hub of the event
 
I found out about the British Ceramics Biennial (26th September to 8th November) on the news, and it got me intrigued as I have never visited Stoke on Trent, the pottery home of England before this trip [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, British design, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, Stoke on Trent, British ceramics biennal, ceramics & potteries


Design Junction 2015

Posted on October 11, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top row: the art deco features at Victoria House: 2nd & bottom rows: The college
 
Like 100% Design, this year, Design Junction moved from its previous location (the Former Royal Mail Sorting Office on New Oxford Street) to two enormous and historical venues on Southampton Row - the art deco Victoria [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Talks, Trade fairs, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with London, design show, talks, design junction, London Design Festival, lighting


Tent London 2015

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

Facade of 100% Norway at Tent London
 
For some reason, the design trade shows that I attended this year at The London design festival appeared to be quieter than usual. At Tent London, the atmosphere was a far cry from the chaos I experienced last year... not sure if it was the time [...]

This post was posted in London, Business, Trade fairs, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Design and was tagged with design show, talks, Tent London, Taiwanese design, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival, Irish design


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 design, 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 design, 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


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