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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.

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.

a date with rag & bone

lab by Lane Crawford welcomed Rag & Bone to Hong Kong with a special collaboration, and in-store exhibition. Here are some snapshots of the evening.

Installation of Rag & Bone's D.I.Y photos.

The lovely Sarah Fung talking to fashion blogger Tina Leung of Tina Loves.

New York-based Confetti System's festive holiday decorations for the shop.

Paola Sinisterra of Tangram gets playful with the decor.

Danielle and Marcus having a laugh after one too many sakes.

Kevin Poon, Stinger Wong and Cindy Ko at Yardbird.

Rag & Bone's David Neville, Marcus Wainwright and Catherine with Stinger, who pulled this all together with his team.

The night goes on...

parliament of owls

Based in Brooklyn, Parliament of Owls an independent collective that does some fantastic illustration and graphic design work. These coasters for The Cranky Pressman caught our eye and are available for purchase through the letterpress's shop. The collective also recently completed a website for Frank Sturges Reps.

creative city now available

Creative City is now available in select bookshops and boutiques around Hong Kong. Creative City is a map with a twist. Devoted to celebrating Hong Kong’s creativity, it features direct input from some of the city’s established and emerging designers, writers and other creative entrepreneurs. This idea came about when we discovered the lack of resources to give to friends and visitors who were curious about what more Hong Kong had to offer. We wanted to create a map that was functional and well-designed, and encouraged users to explore, experience and see the city the way we see it — from a unique and creative vantage point.

Packed with six key district maps and much more, this new release from the studio has taken us, in partnership with former journalist Louise Wong, the best part of 18 months of research, design, writing and production. Thank you to all the creative contributors and tireless and talented team of designers who have worked on Creative City and we welcome comments and feedback from the community.

Creative City is sold for HK$28 (US$3.75) at Dymocks at IFC and K11, G.O.D, Kelly & Walsh, Kapok, AO: The Photo Book Centre, Swindon Books and others. For any overseas orders, please contact us for more information and details to purchase.

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good morning technology

Our friends from Good Morning Technology have been hard at work. Alongside the launch of their new bike product Copenhagen Parts, they've designed a lighting range called Archetype for LUCEPLAN that debuted at the design fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010. We first met Good Morning Technology when partners Mads Kjøller Damkjær and Lars Thomsen visited Whitespace and they've been kind at sharing their latest news with us. With their lamp for Luceplan, they set out to achieve something different. The intentionally archetypical shape and the familiar action of screwing in a bulb accompany the discovery of a light source that is an alternative to incandescent lighting. The action is also a metaphor. Archetype is in fact the combination of source and lamp; “by combining high technology and innovative light diffusion in simple, clean and formal lines, Archetype builds a bridge between before and now…”

The new lamp is the logical continuance of the sustainable path that Luceplan has been taking for some time now: the uninterrupted research into the functionality of lighting devices. In this case, the LEDs are one of the most interesting energy-saving solutions of recent years and they are characterized by long life, high output and no maintenance costs. Besides the lamp GMT also designed a range of armatures to be used.

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radiofonografo stereofonico

We just learned that Italian designer's Achille Castiglioni's wonderfully named Radiofonografo Stereofonico is being re-issued. "The new Brionvega Radiofonografo is faithful to the original in all the details; in fact, it still has a record player for listening to vinyl records, but it is made with modern technology that greatly enhances its performance." This is making our hearts thump a little louder! Castiglioni1.jpg

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return of manifesto

ysl reversed by 12 sep, YSL will be giving out this tote in milan, london, paris, nyc, tokyo, hk and seoul [1st time in the list!]. i really m not a big fan of ysl...but i like the way they advertise/promote it...i mean it's been a while since some brands are really doing sth to make a noise, i'd love to see more otherwise it'll be really boring!

birds of a feather

“SUNBIRD” is a print designed exclusively for Sabina Swims by Whitespace. Inspired by tropical birds — and their majestic wings and colorful feathers — the pattern is available in two colorways: Blue Kiwi and Cherry Pink. Sabina first approached us in 2008 to redesign her website and we both shared a mutual passion for patterns & prints and all things pretty. We jumped at a collaboration opportunity and Sabina gave us total freedom to create a limited edition design for her label. The result was the “SUNBIRD” print which will feature in 4 of Sabina Swims Swimwear’s most popular styles. We hope the woman who wears this one-of-a-kind print feels bold, feminine and, most importantly, free — much like the birds we love!

This limited edition print will be sold tonight at Sabina's Swimwear Shop, and partial proceeds will go towards WWF. Tonight, 7-9pm at Sense99 on 99 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong.

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