Beef 2012 by Seungho Lee

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Toothpicker

This blog post is long overdue... I told Seungho that I would write about his award-winning MA project after my Helsinki trip, but it has taken me all this time to get round to it!
I have been corresponding with Seungho from About:blank via emails since I started stocking their notebooks. Hence, it [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Finnish design, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Korean design, Designers & artists, Design, Videos & animations and was tagged with Food & dining, Helsinki, Finnish design, eco living

The art of Arabic calligraphy

Posted on November 3, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am not sure if there is such a term, but I think I am a "compulsive learner". I constantly want to learn new skills even though I barely have the time to pursue them.
I have always been interested in different cultures especially Arabic, partly due to my fascination with its arts [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Arabic calligraphy

The last days of autumn

Posted on November 1, 2012 by Toothpicker

I love British summers but my favourite time of the year is still autumn. Although we don't have spectacular autumn foliage like Canada, United States, Japan and Korea, where people would travel annually to specific spots to watch fall colours; we can still take some time to appreciate the beauty of the [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with London, walks, nature, autumn

Fiesta Flamenca at The Forge

Posted on October 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

It has been a while since I last attended a live music/ dance gig, so when I found out about a live flamenco performance at The Forge in Camden, I suggested it to my friend, who is also a fan of different dance forms.
I only discovered The Forge last year and was [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Dance, Music & Sound, Flamenco and was tagged with London, Food & dining, dance, Flamenco, music

London film festival 2012

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am a huge fan of world cinema and documentaries, but it's never easy to pick just a few from the long list at the London film festival. I usually would pick out the ones that are 'least' likely to get distributed here, hence I never pick the popular choices.
It is always [...]

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

Kiosk & shops in NYC

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Toothpicker

Quite a few years ago, I discovered the independent concept store, Kiosk, located in Tribeca, NYC. I love the concept of showcasing and selling a range of products sourced during their travels from all over the world in a rotating exhibition format. The sourced products are mostly everyday objects that reflect the [...]

This post was posted in Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, New York, Visual merchandising and was tagged with shopping, New York, Shopping guide, visual merchandising

Art exhibitions in New York ( Fall 2012)

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Toothpicker

Tatzu Nishi's Discovering Columbus at Columbus Circle
Whenever I am in New York, I would spend at least 2 days visiting art exhibitions because like London, there is always so much too see! I usually prefer to visit the less touristy museums/ galleries, but on this trip, due to the limited time, I [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, New York, Art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, New York

And when we danced...

Posted on October 16, 2012 by Toothpicker

Milonga at the Ukrainian East Village restaurant
Although I learned tango in London, it is not my favourite place to dance, many leaders are too serious, unfriendly and the overall level is very mixed ( my personal opinion). I have never been to Buenos Aires, but I have danced in different cities and [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Tango, Dance, New York and was tagged with tango, New York

New York blues

Posted on October 15, 2012 by Toothpicker

A few months ago, knowing that I would have a few busy months ahead of X'mas, I decided to spend my last 'holiday' of 2012 in New York. I once lived in this city and since moving back to London, I would return regularly until work took over two years ago. My [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, New York and was tagged with Food & dining, New York

Favourites from Tent London 2012

Posted on October 14, 2012 by Toothpicker

Main photo: DesignK's "Tea for one", bottom left: Morie Nishimura's "A quiet celebration"
With so many designers showing at Tent London, it was hard not to feel numb after hours of wandering around. Eco and handcrafted designs are the key trends now, so it seems that the boundary between craft and design is [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Eco designs, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with eco designs, Tent London, British design, London Design Festival

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