November 15, 2013

5 Things Friday x 2: 10 Stylish Geometric Decorations

Back on the 5 Things Friday series, after awhile! This week, we're doubling down with 10 things to count down with. I'm currently on a geometric phase. I've also always been interested in 3D printing, especially when it comes to making complex latticed designs in furniture, jewelry, etc. Happily for me, at least, geometry seems to be one of the rising trends in design nowadays... so I've gathered a list of 10 geometric items that will hopefully inspire you or catch your eye :).

10. Small Spica lamp by Iacoli & Mcallister
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Named after the brightest star in the Virgo constellation, this lamp is elegant and modern in its geometric simplicity.

9. Mr. Fox print by May and Belle
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What does the fox say? "Go geometrical!"

Sorry. That was terrible. I'm still keeping that sentence.

8. Themis Mobile by Poketo
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Your baby will be fascinated with this colourful geode mobile, but it wouldn't look out of place hanging elsewhere in your home. And did you know that Poketo's name (pronounced poh-KEH-toe) came about from co-founder Angie's Korean grandmother mispronouncing "pocket"? So cute! Poketo has a variety of other items, from wallets to apparel and accessories.

7. Ceremony backdrop by SarahParkDesigns
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This is just "wow"! Perfect modern touch to any occasion. Are you also spotting those cute geodes on sticks on the table like I am?

6. Mixed designs notebooks by Tamasyn Gambell
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Unisex design, and great 1980's vibe.

5. Timber & Ore bar stools by Woodsmithe
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Mint and wood, I'm in love. Hong Kong bar decorators, please get some?

4. Turning Japanese necklaces from Nylon Sky
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Simply love the elegant fan shape and combination of ivory and black, and gold with wood and tortoise shell.

3. Rhino 2 bedding by Deniz Ercelebi
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The rhino is a bit of a random choice for bedding, but I like the colour scheme, the tonality, and how the rhino pops out in an almost 3D-like manner.

2. LH2O bottles by by Pedrita with Água de Luso
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I love this! The design mimics space-packing structures found in nature e.g. rock formations and cellular structures. Thus, the bottles can be packed closely, minimising space between each dimension of the bottles. This optimises production material, and reduces storage and transportation costs.  

1. Kaleido trays by Hay
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Danish design company Hay is all about modular design. Love these trays from the Kaleido range - you can mix and match the many different shapes for a striking retro arrangement. 

What do you think of geometric designs? Too sharp? Or really cool?

November 13, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: How to Help

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If you follow the news, you probably know that the strongest typhoon of 2013, named Typhoon Haiyan, occurred last week. Haiyan recorded wind speeds up to 315km/h, and made landfall in Micronesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, and Vietnam. 

Most severely affected was the Philippines, with Giuian, Eastern Samar, and Tacloban, Leyte, and some parts of Cebu being the worst-hit areas, despite earlier evacuation and preparation efforts. The death toll as of Tuesday is 1,774, but authorities and rescue teams fear that the actual number may rise to 10,000 (as of the writing of this post) as efforts are underway.

Via The Telegraph

Aerial view of the destruction in a town in Samar (via The Globe and Mail)

Meanwhile, at UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, Philippines climate change commissioner, Naderev "Yeb" Sano, has embarked on a fast after making an emotional speech, appealing for meaningful action to be taken regarding climate change and global warming. 

"Despite the massive efforts that my country had exerted in preparing for the onslaught of this storm, it was just a force too powerful, and even as a nation familiar with storms, Haiyan was nothing we have ever experienced before," he said (via CNN).

Sano challenged climate change skeptics to "get off their ivory towers" to visit communities all around the world battling flooding, forest fires, and hurricanes.

Typhoon Haiyan has undoubtedly caused a humanitarian emergency. How can you and I help?

Currently, I've been roped in for some planning for some fund-raising efforts which I hope will shape up as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you would like to donate, I've listed some organisations below. Note: before donating, please ensure that the organisations have a specific fund for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, whichever type you're comfortable with e.g. food, funds, or supplies, etc. Although I've checked them, please do so on your own too. Please also CHECK the website links / the donation pages when you donate, for security purposes. 

  • The Philippine Red Cross is deploying rescue and aid efforts.
  • UNICEF is supplying children with safe water, hygiene supplies, food, and a safe environment.
  • The UNHCR, the UN's Refugee Agency, is airlifting protection and hygiene kits to Tacloban.  
  • The International Rescue Committee has dispatched a team on the ground in the Philippines and launched a US$ 10 million appeal.
  • The Salvation Army accepts donations on its website. If you live in the States (not sure if it applies internationally), you can donate $10 by sending the text TYPHOON to 80888.
  • Mercy Corps is launching immediate relief effort. 
  • Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) has medical teams in Cebu already, and more medical personnel, logisticians, and psychologists are due to arrive soon. 

Let's support our Philippino brothers and sisters - including those abroad / in your country who must be worried sick for their countrymen - during this crisis.

November 8, 2013

Graduation, and on Overcoming Adversity

This week is a happy, happy week where dear friends officially graduate as degree holders of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Many congratulations to all, and best wishes in all your endeavours! 

I'm a dinosaur among my university peers, my intake year being 2009/10. One reason for delaying my graduation is that I took a gap year in 2011 to do an internship in Hong Kong. It was a very educational and fruitful period. 

In Fall 2012, when I was supposed to resume studies, something BIG happened. Long story short, I had to return home to settle things and defer school again. My family and I were anxious, and I felt as though life had stopped abruptly... immensely frustrating because your 20's are supposed to be full of youthful energy, ambitions to be realized, and perhaps, the opportunity to find someone you can love.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.  — Mahatma Gandhi

November 5, 2013

A Short Update, and about Design

Hi! It's been awhile... I've been working back-to-back on an important paper and a project that I'm about to share with you all! The paper was for my art elective, titled "Appreciation of Western Art" taught by Professor Anna Kwong. For those of you who adore art and want to learn more, I encourage you to take her class... She is not the most animated lecturer, but she does know her subject well. Definitely planning to talk her up on art career advice (my slightly-distant/medium-term goal is to become an art dealer, gallerist, or curator!).

And this is a draft poster for my science elective on human cloning. It's pretty amateurish but the best I could come up with in a short period of time. I wonder how much time on average do professional designers take to complete an infographic?

Back to the grindstone now! Have a good week, everyone. I appreciate you all stopping by to read me.