Contemporary

The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
 
Opened in October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by star architect Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne adjacent to Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, the $143 million sails-inspired glass building is a contemporary art museum consisted of 11 galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant, a bookstore [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Gardens & parks, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, parks, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Louis Vuitton Fondation, Frank Gehry


Serpentine pavilion 2015

Posted on August 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I had visited five Serpentine Pavilions prior to this one, and the designs had been a mix bag with some more successful/popular than others. I loved last year's pavilion by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić (read my entry here), even though I wasn't entirely convinced before my visit.
This year's pavilion, designed by Spanish [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Contemporary and was tagged with London, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture


LSE's Saw Swee Hock Student Centre

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
A few months ago, I walked past a non-orthogonal shaped brick building in Holborn that caught my attention. Later, I learnt that this striking Riba Stirling Prize-nominated building is London School of Economics' Saw Swee Hock student centre designed by Irish architectural practice O'Donnell + Tuomey (Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey) [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Talks, Design, Contemporary, Irish design and was tagged with London, talks, London festival of architecture, contemporary architecture, Irish design


King's Cross Pond Club & the New Horizon pavilions

Posted on July 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

The pond club is the new art installation at King's Cross ongoing redevelopment
 
Last month, I attended a tour of the Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club organised by property developmer Argent ( responsible for the regeneration of King's Cross) as part of the London festival of architecture. If you are [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Eco living & sustainability, Art, Design, Contemporary, Irish design and was tagged with London, architecture, eco designs, British design, Kings Cross, London festival of architecture, outdoor art installations, Irish design


Yokosuka Museum of art

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

Yokosuka museum of art
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my original itinerary in Japan was altered at the last minute, and I had to go alone without my travel companion and cancelled all the pre-booked accommodations.
Fortunately, I managed to rebook my entire trip one day before my departure; and a few days [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Architecture, Travel, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Contemporary and was tagged with Japan, contemporary architecture, yokosuka museum of art, Japanese architecture


Musashino Place: The ideal library

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
While I was in Tokyo, I met up with the Japanese architect/ director behind a brand that we will be launching soon. I mentioned to him that I would be visiting the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum, and he recommended a visit to the nearby Musashino Place in Musashino City.
Designed by kw [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, library, Musashino Place, Japanese architecture


Tokyo's Contemporary Architecture

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo Midtown by Tadao Ando
 
It is not hard to understand why architecture enthusiasts love Tokyo. The metropolis showcases myriad of alluring post-war architecture, and it would be a shame not to check out some of the city's most original and conspicuous designs by internatioanlly renowned architects.
In the next [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, Japanese architecture


36 hours in Manchester

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The historical Castlefield is a conservation area
 
Whenever independent travelers arrive in an unfamiliar city, the first hurdle that they have to overcome is the initial disorientation stage. Although Manchester is much smaller than London in size, it was still a bit daunting arriving at a station full of busy commuters. Luckily, I [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Art, Contemporary, Britain and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, shopping, Manchester, contemporary architecture


Foyles & the comeback of bookstores

Posted on November 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

Living in this fast-paced world today, is there even time for nostalgia? Changes are inevitable in big cities, but not all changes are necessarily positive. In Hong Kong, I often complain to my local friends that 90% of the lovely spots that I discovered the year before are likely to disappear within [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Read & write, Contemporary, books and was tagged with books, Shopping guide, contemporary architecture, Foyles, bookshops


Open House London 2014

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Toothpicker

A 'belate' entry on the Open House event last month...
I didn't have time to do much research before Open House weekend this year, and so I missed most of the pre-booked tours. And due to the London design festival (not sure why are these events all crammed within the same week), I [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary and was tagged with London, open house, contemporary architecture, modernist architecture


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