Design

Craving for Helvetica Beer?

A typeface is important for any design as a right typeface will incorporate a brand's message. Russian designer Alexander Kischenko used Helvetica font as the key design element when he was working on a Swiss beer packaging.

The colors of cans (silver & color) corresponds to the types of beer (lagers & stouts) and the numbers represent the alcohol percentage. All texts are written in Helvetica font with planned scale of lettering.

"David Bowie is" Exhibition

When we are talking about London's nightlife of yesteryear, ones will not be missed are the Punks and also a signature punk icon, David Bowie. The Victoria & Albert Museum has been given an unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects will be brought together for the very first time, e.g. lyrics, fashion, photography etc. The exhibition's concept is derived from David Bowie's famous song "Heroes" and also a book "We Can be Heroes" which has the most detailed account of London's coolest people in nightlife.

The exhibition will start from 23 March and end on 28 July 2013. If you don't have a chance to stop by London for the exhibition, make sure you get a copy of "We Can be Heroes".

Exhibition details

Sunshine Underground

Hong Kong artist Sun Lui uses acrylic to portray his thinking of human natures and the darkness of the society. Evolving from his early style of pop art, Sun's art style tends to be a collage of psychedelics and surrealism. Since his debut of join exhibition at “Nonstoplism1stAnniversary Art Exhibition” at Fringe Club,  Sun founded "ArtMania" to work with NGOs for the minorities & needy groups in the society.  He is currently working on his solo exhibition, Sunshine Underground with <<The Night in Darkness>> as theme.

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Heart Goes Pop

One never feels bored about Pop Arts. Hong Kong Arts Centre is currently holding the Sensation Pop Art Exhibition featuring the famous art pieces of artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg. How Pop Art culture developed from its origins of American consumerism culture to a global popular style of design? What makes Andy Warhol ‘s pieces worth millions of dollar? What is its impact on contemporary design? If these are the questions you have, check out the exhibition.

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Tolix at Paris Design Week

Icon of industrial aesthetics, the robust TOLIX chair has had an amazing life already. Xavier Pauchard registered the brand in 1927 and since then, the popularity of this metal chair enabled it to be part of the Collections of the MoMa, the Pompidou Center and the Vitra Design Museum.

Here it is in Paris - at the Docks - all colours, all life, to mix and match as you please!

Echigo Tsumari Art Field 2012

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is an international modern art festival held every three years in the rural Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture. Launched in 2000, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is a large-scale initiative in Japan seeking to combine art with urban and regional regeneration. It has succeeded to attract visitors and bring awareness to this beautiful region that has suffered from depopulation and a series of natural disasters. There are more than 300 Japanese and international artists' fascinating artworks are exhibited throughout the 760 square kilometer Echigo-Tsumari region. Some of the artworks are found in the town centers and are easy to see, while others are located among remote rice fields and are difficult to access. This art festival is running until September 17, it is a good chance to enjoy the great outdoors while visiting the largest art gallery in the world. The Echigo -Tsumari region is easily accessible from Tokyo in a little over an hour by train!

Echigo Tsumari Art Field 2012

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7 TV Rebranding

7TV is the fastest growing television channel in Russia. Like many of its American counterparts, it’s an empire built on the lucrative genre known as “lifestyle” programming--think Russia’s answer to Anthony Bourdain and Design Star. Hoping to broaden its appeal to younger audiences, the network underwent a major rebranding this year, changing its name from Semyorka (“Seven” in Russian) to the far more hip-sounding 7TV. They also hired Swiss art director Greg Barth to reimagine the identity of the channel and produce a series of intro animations for their program lineup.

Fashion Comic

Phillip Lim has created his own comic book coinciding with the launch of his new autumn/winter collection. Inspired by V for Vendetta and Sin City, this comic entitled Kill the Night, is revolutionizing the look-book concept. Drawn by artist Jan Duursema, who is famous for illustrating the Star Wars series, and co-written by Batman and X-Men's writer, John Ostrander, the comic is about love and betrayal.

Georgette, la Fourchette-Cuillère séduit les grands chefs étoilées!

Concue dans les années 90 par Jean Louis Orengo en expédition dans le grand nord canadien, la fourchette-cuillère avait pour but d’alléger le sac du grand voyageur. Dans les premiers temps, ce couvert n’a pas connu de succès commercial mais depuis sa déclinaison haute de gamme, les grands chefs en raffolent. Avec son air d’empreinte animale, la fourchette cuillère séduit de par sa fonctionalité et son originalité. Elle permet en effet de saisir des aliments à la fois solides et liquides.

Alain Ducasse, Gilles Goujon et Franck Putelat l’ont tous adoptée. Si pour l’instant la fourchette-cuillère n’est disponible que sur les grandes tables de France, elle sera présentée au grand public dans les années à venir.

add space

Walking through the streets of Hong Kong, amid the bewildering array of brands, advertisements and bill posters, sometimes we lose sight of what is really important. Like how spectacular Hong Kong is (even if you are just visiting for a week of art) and why you are proud to call this city home or that perhaps "less is actually more"...

So we decided to add some space on the streets for the messages really worth saying.

Let us know what you think of our first wall post — "A Hong Kong second is a New York minute." We are also keen to hear what other messages you think we should share on the streets of our city.

brand new nha trang

Here's a sneak peek of the brand identity Whitespace has been developing for Nha Trang, the Vietnamese restaurant that has grown from a tiny little shop to several outlets across the city.

This new location is in Tai Koo Shing, and will be the first to have the full identity in place. Watch this space for more news about the revamp from logo, packaging and website.

make happy those who are near and ...

Stumbled across a blog post with a headline "Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come." and that attracts me tremendously. The author, Cristina Chapman, attended the Manchester Design Symposium 2012 just 2 weeks ago and got inspired by some key speakers like Adrian Shaughnessy - renowned graphic designer and writer of How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul  and Will Hudson - founder of It's Nice That, but more by Morag Myerscough - founder of Studio Morag. It's quoted "The person who inspired me the most was Morag Myercough, she has been a designer for the past 20 years but only in the last 10 years she has been doing exactly what she believes in." Morag has done a lot of way-finding design and instilled her quirky sense into many valuable organizations such as children's hospital, Deptford project by transforming an unused train into a cafe. It's indeed a life long journey for all designers to explore what truly resonates their dreams and things close to their hearts. Stay truthful and original.

penguin's kama sutra

Penguin Classics has issued an ultra-collectible, super luxe version of the Kama Sutra, illustrated by Malika Favre. With no pictures throughout the book's pages, the intent was to create a sexy cover. The result is a red-hot interpretation of an ancient Hindu text. Available at Penguin Books. via Creative Review.

Malika was also commissioned by Wallpaper* to create a typeface, called Alphabunnies, for one of their issues.

play with B&O

Not many specialized speaker brands could focus solely on producing high end amp and speakers without accommodating the iPhone and iPod users' needs. Bang & Olufsen has addressed this concern with its new product Beolit 12 through it's new line B&O Play. Apple has not only transformed the computer world but telecommunication, photographing and audio aspect of our lives. Hats off - Steve Jobs.

little shining flying man

People in all generation love to fly and thus objects about getting elevated to the air has always been popular. Created by Heather Peak and Ivan Morsion, Little Shining Man is a sculpture that has the potential for flight. The design of the structure is based around the tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell, multiplied out into colliding cubes that take their form from the cubic formations of the mineral Pyrite. A double wing module has been duplicated and arranged into a tight cellular structural arrangement that appears as a heavy, un-flyable mass. Utilising lightweight materials and the symmetry of the module and composition, it is able to fly freely and steadily. The kite flown in the images is one section of an arrangement of three, that come together to create the final piece of sculpture that is taken own from display once a year to be flown in St. Aubin’s Bay. More than 23,000 individual components make up the complete structure. Entirely assembled by hand; from design through to delivery more than 16 months of work.

meet muuto

Inspired by the Finnish word muutos, means new perspective, Muuto is a brand that is offering something fresh in the form of products. They have a simple, single premise — they "handpick the brightest design talent in Scandinavia and give them the freedom to express their individual story through everyday objects. Some want to alter the world, others find passion in colour and shape and others still, draw deeply from personal experience. How do they see a vase, a lamp or any other everyday product?"

To many of us, Scandinavian design already signifies style and sensibility. with Muuto, we are seeing a new wave of talent reach our doorstep, or desk, or wall. Muuto is available at Flea & Cents and in stores around the world.