Living With Water

Cities with water are always more blessed. They are where the civilization began and prospered. They give birth to poems and art that flow with the emotion of water. Two recent exhibitions in two water-blessed cities tell us that the importance of water never ceases. Hosted in a re-christened century-old historic building in Hong Kong,…

Visual Inspiration: Surface Illusion

Is seeing believing? An emerging visual trend tells u it’s not. Appearance of object and its material are being paired unexpectedly. For example, Japanese artist Jiyuseki crafted stone sculpture as if it is soft and malleable. The appearance of the sculpture is a contrast to the texture of stone. Or you look at Taiwanese artist…

Visioning a Low Tech Future

Is the future be necessary technological? Some say that our generation is actually the one with little breakthrough changes. If compared to the age of industrial revolution, the digital world hasn’t brought us as big transformation as light did. We start to turn back to the beauty of making things again. Making useful things.  Multiple…

Low-tech Creativity

The world is moving forward faster and faster everyday. A new generation inventor stimulated by digital know-how would be undoubtedly creating new technology to assist in every step of their life. Even so, it doesn’t seem very easy in many developing countries where high technology could not be approached because of not much economical support….

Luxury Nomad: Louis Vuittion Objets Nomades Collection

Louis Vuitton unveiled its Objets Nomades collection in Design Miami this week. It’s a limited edition of foldable furniture and travel accessories that designed by famous international designers like Campana Brothers, Atelier Oi, Nendo and Christian Liaigre. Took reference from the bespoke trunk that made LV famous in the 19th century, these designers made some contemporary…

Want a Hug?

Free Hugs Campaign has been started in 2004 as a random act of kindness. Since then, free huggers are spreading all over the world. Apparently there is a great need for hugging. This year we see some designers use it as answer to human isolation and to enrich the social communication. London College of Fashion…

Going Slow: Low-Tech Factory by ECAL students

ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne) students presented a series of low tech installation in the low-tech factory exhibition during designers’ saturday in Langenthal. The low-tech solutions to manufacturing is an antithesis to the technological world we are experiencing. Oncle Sam machine focuses on the transformation from corn to popcorn and celebrates each one in…

Simple Beauty: Creations from everyday objects

Are you too busy to look around and appreciate the simplest thing in life? Will you find the most ordinary objects inspiring? Subodh Gupta, one of the best contemporary Indian artists, is known for creating installations out of everyday objects. The chosen items are usually symbols of everyday Indian life, such as steel tiffin boxes used by…

We are Nomads

I am a modern nomad. Came from Hong Kong, but I am now working in London after studying in France and Italy. I am constantly adapting to different cultures – constantly on a journey. There are a lot of people like me out there, who are living in a modern nomadic lives. New York in…

Send to Print/ Print to Send

I believe we are approaching the tipping point of 3D printing. Additive manufacturing (another term for 3D printing) has been in the manufacturing industry for almost 30 years. It is used mainly for creating prototype for industrial use. The high cost and inefficiency have been the barriers limiting the application in producing finished products until…