Raindance film festival: Toxic Beauty & Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

Posted on October 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

Q & A with the director of Toxic Beauty
 
After seeing two powerful documentaries at the Raindance film festival, I thought to myself that we all have to be activists in this day and age. Recently when I met up with different friends, we would talk about how the world seems to be [...]

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Historic Colchester - the former capital of Roman Britain

Posted on October 6, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although Colchester is only 50 miles from London, I have never visited this historic market town before. Regarded as Britain's oldest recorded town, it used to be the capital of Roman Britain, but it does not seem to attract as many visitors as Cambridge and Oxford. After visiting The Beth Chatto Gardens [...]

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Colchester: The Beth Chatto Gardens

Posted on October 4, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In the last few years, I became very interested in English gardens, and I tried to visit as many as possible during the summer/autumn months when the weather is more pleasant. Since I don't have a car anymore, I would have to plan ahead and constantly check the weather forecast. I am [...]

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Stunning coastal walk: Dover to Deal

Posted on October 1, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I have attended many group coastal walks/hikes in the past, like Seven Sisters (from Seaford to Eastbourne), Hastings circular, and Newhaven to Brighton... the coastal walks/hikes around the South East England are extremely popular with many meetup walking groups due to its proximity to London, and of course, the spectacular views.
It [...]

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LDF19: Biodesign Here Now at Open Cell

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After my recent visit to the biotech hub Open Cell at the Shepherds Bush Market, I was keen to learn more about biodesign and its future. Luckily, I didn't have to wait long because at the London Design Festival this year, Open Cell organised an event called Biodesign Here Now at its [...]

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London Design Fair & Shoreditch Design Triangle

Posted on September 29, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Please Be Seated is a large-scale installation designed by Paul Cocksedge, and it is made from more than 1,000 scaffolding planks. Cocksedge collaborated with Essex-based high-end interiors company White & White to re-imagine and re-use the building wood. The curvy seating encouraged passerby to sit and relax with their books or lap tops, which [...]

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London design festival: Kings Cross design district

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Coal Drops Yard
 
This year, the ever-changing Kings Cross was chosen as the design district for the first time at the London design festival. Aside from the annual design trade show, DesignJunction, there were many exhibitions and activities taking place during the festival.
I received a trade preview invitation to visit Designjunction, so [...]

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London design festival & Kengo Kuma at the V & A museum

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Over the past few years, I have been quite disappointed with design industry's 'slow response' in tackling the sustainability issues, and felt the same way when I visited trade shows and exhibitions at the London design festival. Finally, things have changed this year. Sustainability and handmade crafts became the main focus of [...]

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A visit to the Biotech hub, Open Cell

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

Shepherds Bush market
 
In the last few years, we are hearing more of the terms 'biodesign' and 'biotech', but is it a fad or a breakthrough that will change our world? Recently, I joined a design-oriented walk called 'Human: Biophilia in community and design' organised by the Design Museum and curated by Something [...]

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A visionary's mind: Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum

Posted on September 6, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although I haven't seen all the art and design exhibitions in London this year, but out of all the ones that I have seen, I would say the Stanley Kubrick exhibition is the cream of the crop (alongside with Christian Dior at the V & A); it is certainly the best exhibition [...]

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