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!

 

VCAD Interior Design Students ReDesign for Charity

One great example of “design that matters” 🙂

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On December 13, 2012 the Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) Interior Design students were involved in the re-design project of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre that is located in Vancouver, BC.

VCAD senior interior design student Giovanna was a coordinator and manager of the project along with the VCAD instructor Rene Picard. She explains that in order to get some real world experience as the interior designers they decided to re-design the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre after carrying out an extensive research on various charity organizations. According to Giovanna because of the range and nature of the services the center provides that was a perfect fit for the project.

Christopher says that one of his classmates mentioned that the downtown eastside was not very well to do area, which was one of the biggest determinants why…

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Inspiring Interiors: Van Alen Bookstore

Yellow, in color psychology, is mostly known for being the “happy color,” but beyond that, yellow is also a color of stimulation. It aids in improving the enveloped users’ memory, sound thinking, and decision making. This is why informed designers would practically be utilizing any tone of yellow for a study area, den or library. And that precisely is what’s done with the 400sqft. space of Van Alen Bookstore in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York.

Van Alen Institute  is an independent, non-profit organization which aims to educate the mass-“public realm”- about the significance of architecture and interior design. Their bookstore veers the same path.

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It is the first of its kind- a bookstore that holds only architecture and design books- in New York City back in 2011.

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As living in tiny spaces, working/shopping, and especially designing a small space brings about the same amount of challenges. Yet, at the same time, it also draws out as much creativity and the guaranteed coziness.

Located in the busiest city, it is painted a bright, sunshine yellow (Does it not just remind you of their iconic cabs?) and furnished with as much recyclables as possible. Take for example this staircase which is made of seventy pieces of stacked wooden doors donated by Build It Green! NYC.

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These panels are held by bolts that hang from the ceiling, while the cables serve to protect people from falling off the “art installation.”

While the glowing, bursting yellow encapsulate the space, it is juxtaposed with a concrete gray which mellows the space down and beget a stereotyped New York ambiance. It is such a simple color coordination which brings so many back stories and memories. One of which, for myself, is the series How I Met Your Mother which is set in this city 95%.

Here in the gallery-type bookstore, you could spend as much time as you want browsing and lounging by the innovative staircase which took advantage of its structurally high ceiling. You could pretend to be in the library choosing which book you are taking home for the week. It just brings back good old days of being in university.

Watch a design file video here.

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Inspiring Interiors: Kips Bay Show House 2013

Two days late is never that late when it comes to sharing good designs. Apparently, the 41st Kips Bay Show House ended two days ago, June 4th. This is an annual event where esteemed and privileged designers all around the globe design a luxury Manhattan home and showcase it to over 20,000 visiting admirers. The proceeds thereafter go to the after school and enrichment programs for NYC children. Every year they would choose a lucky canvass, and this year it is on the Upper East Side addressed: 161 East 64th Street, New York, NY

Other than being a charitable event, Kips Bay Show House is also recognized because it stages the platform for the interior design trends (which actually, as opposed to fashion, takes its sweet leisurely time). So in this case, your $35 would go a very long way, for yourself and for the NYC children you would be helping.

Among this year’s designer list are: Andrew Suvalsky Designs, Barbara Ostrom Associates, Christopher Peacock, Dineen Architecture + Design PC, Eve Robinson Associates, Felicia Zwebner Design, Garcia / Maldonado, Inc., Gomez Associates, Huniford Design Studio, Jack Levy Design, Judy King Interiors, Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles & Design, Kristen McGinnis Design Inc., Monica Rich Kosann Photography, Nievera Williams Design, Robert Brown Interior Design, Sara Story Design, Stephen Mooney Interiors, West Chin Architects & Interior Designers.

Sad to have missed seeing this –virtually, that is- while it was still ongoing. Oh well, who knows I might be blessed enough to be sent to New York for this next year! That said, here are a top favorites nipped from Elle. (Click image for credit and expanded info)

By PATRIK LÖNN DESIGN INC.

By LYNNE SCALO DESIGN

By DAVID SCOTT INTERIORS

Leaving you more links:

Enjoy! 🙂

Wandering Wednesday: John 15:18

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I am holding not much knowledge about religion, but for my case -and bundles of cases I am made aware- sometimes the toughest part of being a “Christian” is it being used against us. One of the many comforts, so to speak, we Christian have is our Messiah telling us He went through the same. In fact, He went by it the worst.

What more proof of love could you ask for than have your King and Creator be crucified for your sake?

“Don’t You Ever Wish You Were Someone Else”

I never knew Joey Mcintyre would be someone God uses to speak to me, but time and time He reminds me He works in mysterious and surprising ways.

This may not be entirely accurate of God’s daily love letter, but I hope it also brings you comfort and love.

“Don’t you ever wish
You were someone else
You were meant to be
The way you are exactly
Don’t you ever say
You don’t like the way you are
When you learn to love yourself
You’re better off by far
And I hope you always stay the same
‘Cause there’s nothing ’bout you I would change

I think that you could be
Whatever you wanted to be
If you could realize
All the dreams you have inside
Don’t be afraid
If you got something to say
Just open up your heart
And let it show you the way …” -Dad

[Excerpt from Joey Mcintyre’s “Stay the Same”]

As advised by Jabez, pray everyday to be open to the floodgates of Heaven’s blessings.

Delightful Habytation: Tamzin Greenhill’s NY Apartment

In fashion, they are saying it does not matter how much your outfit cost, the important thing is to be able to pull them off; so more and more bloggers and vloggers are coming out now with their fascination to thrifting. What about on home furnishings (/interior design) then? As much as we need more affordable clothing, we also need reasonably priced bed to lie on, an inexpensive but durable dining table, and so on. I am quite pleased that one who is considered “elite” is not ashamed of divulging that her apartment houses an item from the flea market.

The most common recurrence in her house seems to be ikat patterns, lithograph artworks, and the art deco vs. 20th century theme on a tug of war. This room is a special favorite… because of the Panton chair.

Up close now, the color coordinated drawings trick the eye of symmetry but the odd blend of chairs quickly drive you to its miscellany. I am guessing the Ryan McGinley is the focal point and the pieces that surround are to complement, which really makes sense as you give attention to the accessories, all seem to be dancing in harmony with the photo silhouette.

Her den might look like your usual designed space thanks to the overflow of Ikea items and Chinese knock-offs all around the world, but designers would know this single angle of the room alone contains hundreds and thousands of dollars off the window. Despite its wide eclectic range, this living room looks cohesive as a strictly “zen” clutter-free space.

Here now is the “thrifted” study desk. Found on a London Flea Market, I should think this study desk cost only a fraction of the original price. It was probably refurbished and re-stained, but a Paul McCobb is still a Paul McCobb. And the faux bois wallpapered background gives a subtle but luxurious background.

While the study area above is with a masculine artwork, it still remained feminine framed by the sophisticated and delicate vase held florals, the Dining Room however is on the androgynous side with the neutral browns, and wood elements that spread across the room. And while we have a burly B&W lithograph, the accent of yellows brings a burst of a bubbly cheerleader.

Another common theme is the surprising rupture of clustered primary colors which is almost always given as the focal point. In this instance, it is minute but still very notable.

Here in the corridor, it is more in-your-face and standing confidently tall. I’m surprised to see the pink roses complement than clash.

This is a small part of her showcase worthy house which she decorated herself. With such a prestigious career in modeling, she chose to go back to her true passion- Interior Design. And she is one to appreciate her long wait, she says she is not regretting the time she spent modeling as it allowed her to travel and broaden her sense of aesthetics. This she (and we) cannot deny as evident from her perfectly decorated eclectic apartment in NYC.

Read more here. And visit her website here.