heART and Design : Netflix : ABSTRACT | The Art of Design

Some choose interior design for the glamour. Some wiser ones go for design for the aesthetic pleasure. The wisest ones are those that turn to design for the desire of a balanced ergonomic, beauty, practicality, precision, and empathy on treating a space.

Ilse Crawford is definitely the latter. Her works showcase much thoughtfulness juxtaposed with a sophisticated design flair. Most admirable is her perception of what design is and what it should be. How can she not, having come from Elle? Editing and growing the publication within 71 issues in 9 years.

To all those considering to venture to taking design as a career, please join the industry for the passion, not for the perceived glamour (it is anything but that), or assuming it will be an easy choice (it will prove otherwise).

Netflix’s ABSTRACT | The Art of Design (episode 8) would be a great in-depth look into the field.

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heART and Design: THOMAS HEATHERWICK

“Listen to this music very carefully. This had brought me to tears.” says this guy who sent us out if we talked too much in class; or excluded us in orchestra rehearsals if we didn’t pay as much attention as he required. My mind was searching for the right response to this unsolicited, abrupt confession. How can something essentially non-living move someone so much? If there were words, sure – because words can ultimately kill the heart, isn’t it? But this was an instrumental number.

Several months later, I’d find out missing vowels. Passion.

A few years later, there I was… bawling my eyes out during performances, gasping at crafted objects, and marveling at the complexities that pure talent and passion generate.

However unfortunate, that there are not that much “moving” projects nowadays.

But Thomas Heatherwick is by no means ordinary, neither is he part of the general population. His work elevates him in ways not every man is fortunate enough to achieve.

I have seen his works (albeit most via the web), but having attended his talk the past weekend, and hearing his stories and concepts first-hand was an experience and a learning point beyond what the cyberspace conveys.

Thomas Heatherwick don’t seem to be undaunted by “this vs. that.” His projects merge the specialized zones that the corporate seem to think better subdivided. Strange though it may be, these may be the littlest of objects compared to his architectural work, but these next two creations are by far the most captivating to my artistic soul:

The London Olympic Cauldron.

Heatherwick Studios had tried competing for a larger project but ended up runner up for a couple of times, but this client – the government –  tapped him and asked his assistance to build the Olympic Cauldron. A cauldron? Is it not something the audience barely remembers? And there began the genius machine. Heatherwick Studios, did in fact make the most memorable cauldron in history. It was the biggest secret revealed during the Olympics. Afterwards, it was delivered to the different countries as a token of remembrance.

Let me know if these caused your eyes to involuntarily cascade tears down your cheeks.

Please visit Heatherwick Studios website here.

Happy Tuesday!

heART and Design: Love Affair With the Panton Chair

I had once heard that the heart wants what it wants. If that assumption were true, would it be applicable to my love affair for the Panton Chair?

Truth be told, I have never adored a single piece of furniture (/ART ) as much as I love the this one. In fact, six years ago, I told myself this piece of history would be my first luxury purchase. For the time being, I have cushioned myself on it countless times (in various stores and public spaces) and I never tire of doing so.

In technical terms, Panton chair is formed after the human body and has a cantilevered base. The iconic Verner Panton designed it in the late 1960s- with the assistance of Vitra. Also, it is the first “fully plastic chair made from a single section.”

For the market, it is safe to say, Panton chair’s success is due to its cunning + stunning appeal together with its relentless versatility. From the modern 60s look, to the contemporary eclectic era of the 21st century, it is comparable to a chameleon morphing its way into every scenario it faces. A handful of which portrayed below:

The ultimate example would be its appearance at Bartholomew Church in Eastern bohemia by Maxim Velcovsky.

What more can we ask for from a single piece of furniture?

….What about the kids, you ask?

 

This was set to production almost twelve years ago. Talk about being ahead of the trends.

I guess communities of people are having this love affair along with me after all.

For the mean time, I’d have to satiate my longing with visuals, so I have created a pin board entirely dedicated to this piece of art (and since imitation is a form of flattery, there are some unoriginals included within the board). Enjoy! xx

heArt and Design: BBC Design Rules

3, 2, 1… and we’re back!

Not quite an expected beginning, but here’s a quick post, or rather, just a bunch of links for those who are looking to venture into the interior design realm. If you stick to the end, it’s not a doubt you’ll pick up a handful of basic knowledge to get you up and going. Here are the links to BBC Design Rules with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Hope you gained something from this very quick visit. Cheers to you if you go against the “practical” ways and pursue a career into art and design.. You won’t regret it! For the most part of your life, at least. I kid 😉

Friday Frolics: Wan Chai Art Distict

My friends and I took a stroll around Wan Chai last month (not that side of Wan Chai, by the way), this little district is filled with quirky, vintage stores that one could easily keep you coming back. If only I had loads of money to spend, I am sure I would have walked away with bags and bags of collectible antiquities. Another friend actually took me here months ago and as soon as the area sunk into me, I felt right at home. None of the items there belonged to my past but they were reminders of it. It’s the classic irony I am sure we all share somehow, someway. Plus, an artsy fartsy would not be able to help it, the facades of some store really speak about the interior character in one snap! Take for example my two favorites below:

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And of course, the interior has to pride itself too! Like we always hear and copy, “It’s all in the details!”

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Faucet for hand knobs? Upcycling just got fancier.

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If this is part of the décor, I love it! If it’s for sale, I’d love to have it.

So without anymore delays, on behalf of these quirkiness, I welcome you to a short summary of our “tour”.

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I think we’ve went it to approximately five boutiques. All of them had their own characters, it’s just like going into fairytales, and if you had listened closely, I am sure there were tons of stories in one book.

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This refurbished display cabinet is just teeming with plastic toys. The smell brought me right back to twenty years ago. It may be junk to some, but for some collectors out there. (Especially guys, you might find a treasure or two in here- there’s even a Superman poster somewhere in this store.)

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Here it is! (@ nlostnfound)

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This certainly reminds me of my grandma’s house and bedtime stories. (Ps. Gaaah. Adorable miniature rocking horses!!!)

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A feast for the eyes! It would be safe to say you could find any home accessories you might be missing at the moment, and more! And by the way, does this trunk not remind you of Mr. Bean? (Click here if it doesn’t.)

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Cat lover? You might be infatuated with these Japanese cat booklets. They are so adorable even in pixels.

Oh, and if you haven’t already been sucked in, this next capture might do the trick.

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Handmade?? Defined cuteness enough for you? ❤

I promise you, these snapshots do not give any justice to what lies in wait. Here’s a map, find yourself lost in this small little district in Wan Chai tomorrow!

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At Sau Wa Fong Street, there would be these twin staircases on the left, pick either and climb up, there you’ll find these quirky goodness.

And for us who’s been… here is a teaser.

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Happy Friday!

 

heART and Design: Floral Shots by Martin Krüger

Just before I give in and accept defeat from Summer, here is a last (probably not) hurrah for Spring.

I would love to take credit for these but with disappointment written all over my palm, they are not. These photos are so pretty I saw butterflies around the room and out my tummy. Don’t you feel the same?

Click images to be directed to Martin Krüger’s original shots or click here for his flickr account. Enjoy! 🙂

heART and Design: At Home in Greece

Fact # 1: Greece has been on top of my Europe (wish list) itinerary, primarily for the wonderful sea view. But when I think about their architecture and interior, I always thought I do not relate to them well, as did I with Greek mythology.

Fact # 2: I have always been a heavy sleeper, and bedrooms gave me the ideal of ultimate privacy and sanctuary. On top of innumerable reasons, bedrooms have always been a favorite place of mine- to lounge in and to design.

Fact # 3: I never expected the aforementioned bits could be even more lovelier… together. In her book “At Home in Greece,” Julia Klimi gives us a deeper appreciation for Greece- the scenery, the architecture and of course, interior design.  Purchase the book here for HK readers, and here for international readers.

These are some of my favorite images (focusing on traditional Greek beds):

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It is largely part of my immobility once I hit the bed, but I have always wanted a platform bed- this way, I don’t fall off and my items don’t fall too far down. With this U-shaped platform bed (which I think is meant for sharing), I can literally stay in bed all daaaayyy.

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 With this one, I can even afford to entertain guest in a more “formal” manner.

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Once in my life, I have been a fan of minimalism. At that point, this would have been more than enough to make it to my bedroom wish list.

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Although not a platform bed, this bed still captivates me with its ethereal, flowy cocoon.  And with a cool color tone, I’m amused to say this room looks really warm. 😉

Seeing these invigorated my desire to visit Greece, but now that I have discovered another spectacular destination/recreation, I should make a mental note to not sleep in and enjoy what I originally went for. (That said, of course I will scour the internet for a hole-in-the-wall  B&B!)

Ps. Hi Hong Kong, in case you haven’t already known of this site fishpond.com, they sells books at competitive prices, some even almost 50% off. Most books would be shipped from straight from UK. I just recently purchased a book from them. I’ll see how it goes.