PMQ - Hong Kong's creative hub

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

PMQ's Staunton Street entrance
Back in 2010, I visited the disused Grade 3 listed former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, which was temporarily transformed into an arts and design hub by deTour (part of The Business of design week). Built in 1951 as housing or dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Travel, Art, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation

Shopping in Lisbon

Posted on March 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

Window of a wine shop in Lisbon
Shopping in Lisbon is fun because there are many independent shops including vintage and traditional shops that are disappearing fast in London. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of time to shop, but I did manage to visit a few 'essential' shopping destinations and stumbled across [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Design, Vintage, Lisbon, Portuguese design and was tagged with shopping, Letterpress, illustrations, Shopping guide, vintage shopping, Lisbon, portuguese design

Lisbon's Brutalist architecture

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

In recent years, Brutalist architecture has made an unexpected comeback. Eyesore or masterpieces? It is all relatively subjective. In Lisbon, there are some fine examples that are worth exploring if you are interested in this type of architecture:

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - The foundation is a vast complex that houses Museu [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Lisbon, Portuguese design and was tagged with Brutalism, modernist architecture, Portugal, Lisbon

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

Art & design exhibitions in Portugal (Jan 2015)

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Casa Das Historias Paula Rego
Lisbon offers an abundance of world class museums and galleries, and on my previous trip, my friend and I visited some excellent ones like National Museum of Ancient Art, National Tile Museum, Fado Museum and the wonderful Puppet Museum. On this trip though, the seaside resort Cascais turned [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Photography, Fashion, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Anything Japanese, Design, Portugal, Lisbon, Portuguese art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, fashion, photography, puppetry, Portugal, Lisbon, Portuguese art

Modernist architecture in Hampstead

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

Isokon building/ Lawn Road Flats in Belsize Park
A lot of Londoners and foreigners love Hampstead for its history and villagey ambience, and the heath is considered a refuge for wildlife and nature in London. This area has always been a magnet for the rich and famous, as well as the artistic and [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with London, British design, modernist architecture, Hampstead, social housing

The art of letter writing

Posted on November 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

New paper stationery by Kuroyagiza from Japan
Can you remember the last time you received a handwritten letter from someone? I can't (postcards don't count). Have we lost the art of letter writing? Did you ever have pen pals when you were younger? In recent years, authors, designers and retailers are trying to [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Korean stationery, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, letter writing

London's summer exhibitions highlights

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Toothpicker

Gilbert & George: Scapegoating pictures for London at White Cube Bermondsey
There were many excellent exhibitions that I visited in London this summer, and here are 10 of my favourites ( in no particular order):
1. Matisse: The Cut Outs at Tate Modern
2. Malevich: Revolution of Russian Art at Tate Modern
3. British [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography, Street art & graffiti, Art, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, photography

Serpentine gallery pavilion 2014

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

The Serpentine Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radić
I have a backlog of blog entries and this is one of them as I want to publish it before the pavilion gets dismantled after next week ( and apology for the rather dark photographs).
It took me a while to visit the new Serpentine gallery pavilion [...]

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

Design shopping at London design festival

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

My last entry on the London design festival is related to shopping... As someone who is involved in the retail business, shamefully, I don't think I am out and about enough, and so the design festival was gave me an opportunity to see what is happening in the design retail world.

The Saturday [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Shopping guide, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Design, Visual merchandising, Pop ups and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, shopping, pop up shop, Shopping guide, visual merchandising, London Design Festival

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