Franco Grignani: Art as design 1950-1990 at Estorick Collection

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Toothpicker

The tranquil Grade II listed Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
 
Reopened earlier this year after 5 months' of refurbishment, the delightful Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is one of my favourite museums in London. Located in Highbury, the museum is off the beaten track, so it is not touristy nor does [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Italian design, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Italian design, Franco Grignani, op art, Estorick Collection


Frieze sculpture 2017

Posted on July 16, 2017 by Toothpicker

 

Top left & bottom: Bernar Venet, 17 Acute Unequal Angles (2016); Bottom right: Ugo Rondinone, summer moon (2011)
 
Regent's Park is one of my favourite parks in London, and it becomes more enthralling in the summer when part of it is turned into a sculpture park by Frieze. I believe that art needs to [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Sculptures and was tagged with London, nature, sculptures, contemporary art, Frieze sculpture park


Serpentine Pavilion & Grayson Perry's exhibition 2017

Posted on July 9, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
 
This year's Serpentine pavilion is designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, the Berlin-based African architect from Gando, Burkina Faso.
Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré's design aims to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. The [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Design, Contemporary, British art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, serpentine pavilion, British art, contemporary architecture, Grayson Perry


V & A's new Exhibition Road Quarter & Reveal Festival

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
On the last day of V & A's Reveal Festival, I visited the museum hoping to see some performances, yet I saw a transformed new quarter which took me by surprise.
The £54.5 million project was designed by Stirling Prize-winning British architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A, providing an extra 6,400 square metres [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Dance, Art, Contemporary and was tagged with London, dance, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, V & A Msueum


Now play this festival & Game plan

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Toothpicker

Sam Sheffield's 'An encounter in the woods' print
 
Games – including traditional board games – are back in fashion again! If you are not convinced, the two games festival and exhibition that took in London could change your mind.
'Now play this' (7-9th April), part of London games festival, is an annual games festival [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Design, Game design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Games, game design, board games


Hong Kong's vintage toy & stationery museum – Silver stationery shop

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Top: The entrance of an industrial building in San Po Kong
 
Since I started this business, I was lucky to have met and made friends with many like-minded designers and entrepreneurs in Asia and London. After working with Hong Kong's ten Design stationery for years, I became friends with their designer Paul [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Stationery, Shopping, Hong Kong design, Design, Vintage and was tagged with Hong Kong, stationery, shopping, Hong Kong design, vintage shopping, Silver stationery shop


Hong Kong's urban typography

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Neon lights and advertising billboards outside of the iconic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point
 
This post is a follow-up of the previous one on Hong Kong's urban typography... Over the years, I have documented the city's streetscape and the relationships between visual communications, architecture, and its perpetually changing identity.
Hong Kong has always [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Street life, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, graphic design, Hong Kong design, street life, typography, calligraphy


"Typography and the sea of words" exhibition at CACHe HK

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
The building and courtyard of CACHe on Western Street, Sai Yun Pun
 
In recent years, an influx of international art galleries and art fairs has somehow transformed Hong Kong – the infamous cultural desert – into Asia's glossy art hub. To be honest, I am not sure if this has had much [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Hong Kong design, typography, calligraphy


Design & craft shopping in Myanmar

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Inle heritage shop, Inle Lake

 
When I was in Myanmar, I was genuinely surprised by its diverse craft industry. Aside from traditional crafts, we were quite delighted to have come across some contemporary craft/design brands as well. My favourite shop of the trip was an accidental find in Inle Lake... We had hired [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Contemporary craft, Design, Myanmar, Burmese design and was tagged with shopping, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, Burmese designs, Yangon


Burmese crafts: bamboo & textiles weaving

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bamboo factory
 
Bamboo is a material that is widely available and used in Myanmar. The sustainable and versatile material is used to build houses, scaffolding, make woven walls, furniture and basketry etc.
We visited a bamboo factory in Mandalay, and it was interesting to see how the hollow and tall bamboo shoots can be [...]

This post was posted in Traditional arts & crafts, Myanmar, weaving, Textiles and was tagged with traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, weaving, embroidery, bamboo


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