Tag Archives: Japanese designs

Tent London 2014

Posted on October 6, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top: Danish made; Bottom left: 100% Norway; Bottom right: visitors relaxing outside on a warm Sept day
 
This year, I was surprised by the number of Asian designers participating at Tent London. I ended up spending about 3 hours there and chatted to many designers, which left me feeling quite exhausted and [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese design, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Contemporary craft, Korean design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Tent London, Taiwanese design, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival


Albert Kahn Museum and gardens

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

Traditional Japanese garden
 
In recent years, nature has become an important part of my life. Even though I still enjoy cultural activities in different cities, I also have the 'need' to connect with nature when I am in London or during my travels.
As I spend more time in nature, I also became interested [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Paris, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks and was tagged with Japanese designs, paris, gardens, Albert Kahn


Japanese cultural events in London

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Being one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, it is easy to find different arts and cultural events in London including many Asian-related ones.
Since June I have attended several Japanese cultural events which offer a glimpse of the past, current and future arts scene in Japan. As someone [...]

This post was posted in London, Talks, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art, Japanese art and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, talks, graphic design, Japanese art, illustrations, theatre


International furniture fair Singapore 2014

Posted on April 20, 2014 by Toothpicker

I was not aware of the International furniture fair Singapore (part of the Singapore design week) until I arrived in Singapore, and so I did not register beforehand. I visited the show on its opening day and a few hours before my flight with my suitcase (since the exhibition centre is situated [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Travel, Business, Trade fairs, Anything Japanese, Korean design, Singapore, Singapore design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, furniture, Trade fair, Singapore, Singapore design


Our new theme: PLAY

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
In the past few years, I noticed a "back to basic" trend happening in the developed countries, and even in product designs, many designers have opted for less decorative style and creating products from natural material. Simple wooden toys also seem to have made a comeback, which I am quite happy to [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Business, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, paper craft, Taiwanese design, business


Garrison & the moreTrees project

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
A long overdue post on our 'last' product launch before the theme changes this week. Garrison was a brand I was introduced to at the Tokyo Gift Fair back in February.
After being introduced to different company directors who were all very formal and polite, it was quite refreshing to meet the passionate [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, wood products


Natural and eco-friendly: Charcoal

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Unlike other e-tailers, I rarely promote our products on this blog, but this time, I feel the need to write a bit more about charcoal and our newly launched product, Sumi eco KuKKu shoe deodorisers made from recycled charcoal paper. This is our second eco-friendly charcoal product from Japan, after Chikuno cube [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, recycling


Vintage Japanese & Chinese bookmarks

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

This month, I would like to 'show-off' some of my vintage stationery collection from both my childhood and travels. Even though I have loved stationery since I was a child, I never thought that I would be selling stationery one day, so life is really full of surprises sometimes!
Recently I found a [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Stationery, Japanese stationery, Chinese design, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, chinese design, illustrations, vintage bookmarks


Summer fashion accessories from Asia

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

I rarely write about fashion here because I am not a fashion blogger, nor do I follow the current fashion trends. These days, I would rather buy less but spend on quality items that are well-made, timeless and slightly unusual. As a huge fan of all things Japanese, I am surprised by [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Shopping, Fashion, Anything Japanese, Hong Kong design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, shopping, fashion, Hong Kong design


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Posted on June 23, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
This year, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, and it is quite different from the previous pavilions.
Since its opening, it has been receiving high praises from critics and I also think it is one of the best that I have seen in recent years. Even [...]

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


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