Design

RCA show 2015

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Due to traveling and busy schedule, I almost missed the RCA show this year. Luckily, I managed to visit the Kensington campus on the last day of the show, and here are the highlights:
 

Top: Textiles gallery; 2nd left & middle: Textiles design by Alicia Nader; 3rd & bottom left: 'Unflats' by [...]

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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


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


Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
 
Shibuya
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Japan, Shopping guide, bookshops


Design & stationery shopping in Eastern/Central Tokyo

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Toothpicker

My final two Tokyo entries are on shopping, so I hope this will delight a few readers. I have written another entry under the same title 2 years ago, so this is an update/addition to the previous blog entry (click here to read). This entry will focus on Eastern and Central Tokyo:
 
Kuramae
On [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide


Tokyo graphics

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Graphic design is a visual communication tool, and it is more complex than most people realise. As a graphic design student at uni, I was profoundly influenced by Japanese graphic design. Now that my main focus is on product designs, I still can't help noticing and forming judgements on graphics seen in [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Packaging, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Packaging, graphic 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


Tokyo's surviving & endangered Modernist architecture

Posted on June 13, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan
 
Japan is a country that deeply respects its traditions and heritage. Architectural conservations efforts by the authority could be seen at the Edo Tokyo open air architectural museum (read my previous entry). Yet is it too little, too late? In fact, due to rapid growth and urbanisation of Tokyo [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with Tokyo, Architectural conservation, Brutalism, modernist architecture, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese architecture


Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
No matter how many times I have visited Tokyo, there would always be interesting sights or attractions that I have yet to visit. And on this trip, I visited the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum in the western suburbs of Tokyo for the first time. Situated close to the Ghibli Museum [...]

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


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