Our new retail stockist: Anthropologie

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

 The facade of Anthropologie store on Kings Road
We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Anthropologie, one of America's most popular retailers this autumn/winter. The company is our first major retail outlet, which is a big step forward for us. It is exciting to see Gongjang's eco balance monthly [...]

This post was posted in London, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Business, Korean stationery, Visual merchandising and was tagged with London, architecture, Korean stationery, business, Gongjang

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

Mimetic festival 2014 & Nothing

Posted on November 22, 2014 by Toothpicker

Around this time last year, I saw a few puppetry performances at the Suspense festival (see my previous blog entry here), but for some reason, the festival is not taking place this year. However, all is not lost as there is Pie’s Mimetic Festival, a two week celebration of the emerging [...]

This post was posted in London, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, theatre, Mimetic festival

Yoshitomo Nara, Shinro Ohtake & Yayoi Kusama exhibitions

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Yoshitomo Nara at the Dairy Art centre

This autumn/winter, lucky Londoners have the opportunity to see the solo exhibitions of two internationally renowned Japanese contemporary artists Yoshitomo Nara and Shinro Ohtake. The artists were both in town to talk about their work, and I was especially interested in hearing from Yoshitomo Nara [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Japanese art, Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama

The London Korean Film Festival

Posted on November 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

A while back I wrote about the Japanese soft power on the world, but within the last decade, the world has witnessed how South Korea managed to conquer the world through technology, design, cosmetics (including surgeries) and pop culture in a relatively short period of time. The transformation is staggering because South [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, Film festival, Korean films

Cross Cultural Live Art Project 2014

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

 Top: Haggerston; Bottom: Hanqing Miao's performance

I used to spend much my time hanging out at the ICA, yet since summer, I have been frequently visiting another new arts/cultural space, The Proud Archivist in Haggerston (an area where I was not familiar with before). I have never eaten in the restaurant downstairs [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Paper art & craft, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, paper craft, performance art, The Proud Archivist

Dance Umbrella & TOROBAKA

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Toothpicker

Apart from a string of art fairs taking place in London last month, there was also the 2-week long Dance Umbrella festival, showcasing exceptional talents in the world of choreography from around the world.
At the festival, I saw some brilliant and ground-breaking dance performances produced by two contemporary dance companies. The first one [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Flamenco and was tagged with London, dance, Flamenco, Sadler Wells

The other art & Parallax art fairs

Posted on November 2, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top: 50 ft installation of work by David Shillinglaw; Bottom left: Jack Teagle; Bottom right: Ego Leonard
Although I am not a big fan of mega art fairs, I would support smaller art fairs and independent artists who may not be represented by galleries. These fairs also provide an opportunity for visitors [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Street art & graffiti, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Art fair, British art, contemporary and was tagged with London, photography, art fairs, The other art fair, parallax art fair, moniker art fair

Frieze sculpture park 2014

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Toothpicker

Kaws - Small Lie (2013)
Contemporary art has become big business these days. You can tell by the increasing numbers of visitors to the Frieze art fair each year, but how many of them are buyers? Apparently, only 20%. But prestigious art fairs are places to see and be seen, whether you [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Art fair, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art fairs, sculptures, outdoor art installations, Frieze sculpture park

BFI London Film Festival 2014

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

I am not sure how other film buffs pick their choices at the BFI London Film Festival, but usually by the time I finish 'studying' the brochure, all the films that I intend to see would sell out!
Like always, I would pick the less popular films or films that are less unlikely [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival

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