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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.

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.

planet marshmallow

Whitespace is pleased to welcome a new member to our family, Cinda Ki. Apart from being a designer, she is crafty in her own time by starting Planet Marshmallow. She sell hand-made wool felted accessories, such as necklaces, rings and earrings.

Here's what Cinda says about the inspiration behind her label, "One day, I dreamed of Planet Marshmallow. Many tasty creatures came out to welcome me. They brought me to explore the planet. I saw an elephant travel by a hot balloon and clouds with rainbow tears, it was a amazing adventure. I know they are real somewhere in this universe."

Planet Marshmallow held their first parade at JCCAC in Shek Kip Mei and all the items were sold out! We look forward to seeing more of their lovely creations. Check out www.facebook.com/PlanetMarshmallow for latest news and details.

TEEBS

TEEBS (Mtendre Mandowa), is a producer and painter born in New York to Malawi and Barbados origins. He has released two widely praised albums in the past year, both “Ardour” and “Collections 01”.

Early in his musical pursuits, Teebs joined a group of like-minded friends and producers who went by the name 'My Hollow Drum'. Within this group, he was able to build new ideas, share works and perfect his craft for producing music. As he progressed, Teebs propelled his ideas into such other diverse organisations, like Red Bull Music Academy, Dublab and Brain Feeder. His debut album, Ardour, was probably one of the most pleasant things released from this particular sector last year, but it was easy for track after track of dense nature-scapes to blur together and to lose sight of Teebs' own fascinating personality in the grand scheme of faceless beauty. Flying Lotus described ‘Teebs’ music like an island vacation..The way Avatar looks.

Collections 01, like Ardour, is abrasive, romantic, colourful with loose but meticulous compositions. This has been a hugely successful release with each song containing specific elements that give it a unique character. Featuring tracks with harpist Rebekah Raff and BrainFeeder’s Austin Peralta, the album creates a rich and soothing palette of composed instrumentals, justified with immaculate production.

From the same people who brought you SAMIYAM, BTS Radio will be host to a one of a kind project, to provide an experience more akin for art + music enthusiasts - We look forward to seeing you there!

TEEBS @ XXX Friday January 20th 212 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan 11pm - $150

Above release is courtesy of Henry Temple.

fotanian open studios

Fotanian will be opening their gates during the Fotanian Open Studio weekends on January 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 14.00 to 20.00. For each of these weekends, all artists in this area are welcoming you in their studios. With over 80 studios and over 300 artists participating, Fotanian Open Studio has grown to an unprecedented scale. There will be guided tours, workshops, seminars and other special events. Check it out today!

tsang tsou choi at saamlung

Saamlung is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work from the late Hong Kong outsider artist Tsang Tsou Choi, perhaps best known by the epithet from which this exhibition borrows its title: the “King of Kowloon.” From the golden years of midcentury colonial Hong Kong almost to his death in 2007, Tsang was notorious for the distinctive writing he left across the terrain of the city: believing that his family had once been deeded the rights to the land now constituting the core of urban Kowloon, the artist engaged in a monomaniacal project of righting this ancient injustice by executing calligraphy describing his genealogical and political situation on lamp posts, electric utility boxes, fences, walls, and other publicly accessible surfaces from one end to the other of the former British territory, demanding his righteous returns.

Fortunately recognized for his aesthetic output well before his death, Tsang Tsou Choi is widely known throughout Hong Kong and across greater China as a fixture of collective memory, an integral element of the urban texture of the territory. Until now, however, much of the attention he has received from the cultural world has positioned him in the realm of street art and design, resulting in all manner of product collaborations and visual inspirations on consumer objects.

As the first exhibition of work from Tsang Tsou Choi in the commercial gallery context, this project positions him as the historical precedent for an alternative future; that is to say, we trace back to his position a certain rupture within Hong Kong art history by which we might locate in his stance the first properly contemporary artist in a region still haunted by the ideological specters of modernism. By offering certain possibilities for public intervention alongside a concerted disavowal of social responsibility, Tsang becomes, in retrospect, a key figure for cultural production today. This exhibition examines his work as painting, as calligraphy, and as sculpture; in approaching the artifacts of his practice as contemporary art, a measure of spatial perspicacity and conceptual rigor emerges.

The core of the exhibition focuses on a series of some half-dozen pieces in ink on board and cloth, large scale paintings that hold their own within even the most recent discussions of the return to analytical expressionism in non-figurative painting today. Further works on display include a number of pieces in pen on paper and several calligraphic-cum-sculptural interventions carried out on objects like umbrellas, lanterns, and utility boxes. Vintage photographic documentation of Tsang Tsou Choi and his work installed in situ is also available separately for research and perusal.

Tsang Tsou Choi, who passed away in 2007 after a lifetime of outsider aesthetic production, was the artist better known as the “King of Kowloon.” Born in Guangdong in 1921, he moved to Hong Kong in 1937 and, after discovering certain documents amongst his possessions, came to believe by 1956 that he was the rightful ruler of a portion of the British colony. Spending decades in conflict with the police and courts, Tsang insisted on writing out his genealogy and understanding of the world as calligraphic graffiti across Hong Kong, claiming this urban space for himself and his family. By 1997 he had become known to the art world, and was included in a series of key exhibitions by curators Hou Hanru and Hans Ulrich Obrist, including the traveling project “Cities on the Move” and the “Zone of Urgency: Canton Express” project of the 2003 Venice Biennale. His work belongs to a number of private collections, and has most recently appeared at the Sotheby's sale of a portion of the Ullens Collection.

Saamlung is the commercial gallery and project office founded by critic and curator Robin Peckham in 2011. Located in downtown Central, Hong Kong, the gallery presents work by emerging and historically significant artists from greater China and around the world in concise solo projects, curated group exhibitions, publications, and other satellite events.

Sang Tsou Choi, "King of Kowloon" 14 January through 11 February 2012 Opening 14 January, 18:00-21:00

Saamlung, 26/F Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. C. (135-137 Des Voeux Rd. C.) Central, Hong Kong

Above text is provided by Saamlung Gallery.

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...

portraits of creeps

Our friend illustrator Ross Sit is having his first solo exhibition at L'Aprés-Midi, a gallery in Tai Hang. Called "Portraits of Creeps", his work is filled with creatures from his wild imagination. The exhibition runs from 12 Nov to 3 Dec. L'Aprés-Midi, G/F No. 2 King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong. Open Tues through Saturday 2pm to 6pm.

whitespace studio

Whitespace asked our friend and talented photographer Carmen Chan to come and take a few images of our space and our team. We wanted to share with you a sneak peek of our studio and the details that Carmen captured so beautifully. Premiere Issues on display.

Our designer working on the JUICE website.

A close up of Danielle's desk with a CLOT x Kubrick bear.

Our piano and favourite Spun chair designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

A peek into the meeting room.

An open plan for the team.

The studio's library packed with design books, magazine, artwork, sticker albums and other surprises.

Danielle's desk.

Our Mac Classic.

The studio line up.

A close up of Premiere Issues.

Our intern Lulu working on our latest project.

Our account director and her friend.

Our living room, with prints for AOC on the wall and a clock that is rightfully cuckoo as it never tells us the right time.

A Whitespace family portrait.

moments in time

Moments in Time are a trio of new works by The Hong Kong Ballet. They commissioned three contemporary choreographers, Peter Quanz, Kinsun Chan and Fei Bo, to create special pieces, Luminous, Black on Black and A Room of Her Own for a night of imaginative ballet. Whitespace worked with their team to produce this unique productions' visuals, following our work on Swan Lake and Coppélia. Moments in Time is runs 4-5 November 2011 at 7:30pm and 5-6 November 2011 at 2:30pm. Visit The Hong Kong Ballet for more details on their productions.

LUMINOUS is a happy, ever-lasting relationship really possible between a man and a woman? Peter Quanz speaks through his choreography about the fragility of human relationships, the tension between the genders and the qualities drawn out of us by each passing alliance. This emotionally-charged piece, dripping with sensuality, will make you reflect on your own relationships past and present.

BLACK ON BLACK is Kinsun Chan's new ballet that explores the timelessness of the colour black, and the dance aesthetics he has created reflect the many facets of black's symbolism. Kinsun manipulates the space on stage, playing with contrasting movements to reflect the contradictory emotions aroused by the colour black. The choreographer incorporates his intrigue for body language and gestures into this ballet of power, passion and surprise.

A ROOM OF HER OWN is about frustration, self-doubt, jealousy and torment; these are just a few of the emotions felt by Lu Xi, the heroine of A Room of Her Own. She feels suffocated by her foundering relationship with her choreographer husband, but soon this feeling is replaced by fear and jealousy of her husband’s mysterious friendship with a new colleague. This intense dramatic work, suffused with sadness, highlights the unbridgeable gap between the genders through a profound exploration of the characters’ psychology.

in the same vein

If you love Scandinavian design as much as we do, then Vie is a must-stop in Hong Kong. This shop is the first spin-off of Vein — a unique retail space that stocks brands from the Nordic circle — and we are already liking what we see! Continuing the same belief and retail concept, you'll find carefully curated and handpicked selections of laid-back womens and menswear from brands such as Filippa K, Muuto, Marimekko, Won Hundred Men's, Dagmar, Stylein, Kosta Boda and Aarikka, together with character items for home & interior. Most of these brands are not available elsewhere in Hong Kong, so the owners behind Vien and Vie have brought their passion and love for Scandinavia right to Star Street. We couldn't be happier.

Whitespace has built the soon-to-be launched website for Vien, and look forward to their opening celebrations in November. Read what The D'Vine has to say about the shop here or visit Vein & Vie, G/F, 2D Star Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, tel: +852 2528 4988.

unesco honors SCAD

We're thrilled to hear that UNESCO had honored SCAD Hong Kong. Earlier this week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization awarded SCAD an honorable mention for the revitalization of the former North Kowloon Magistracy Building in its 2011 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. The awards honor private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

"SCAD is proud to have accomplished so much during our first year in Hong Kong," said John Paul Rowan, vice president for SCAD Hong Kong. "Our community of talented students, professors and staff all contribute to making SCAD Hong Kong the great place that it is. We look forward to many more exciting years in the former North Kowloon Magistracy."

The university's internal SCAD Design Group led the revitalization project with the experience of renovating more than 100 historic facilities guiding it. Over the course of 18 months, SCAD invested more than HK$250 million of its own capital in the revitalization and start-up of SCAD Hong Kong without further investment from the Hong Kong government. When SCAD completed the renovation in 2010 it was the first organization to complete the revitalization of a building under the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme.

"The adaptive reuse of the former North Kowloon Magistracy as an international university of the arts has breathed new life into a decommissioned 1960s government building," noted Tim Curtis, head of the culture unit for UNESCO Bangkok. "The project demonstrates the possibilities of adaptive reuse and is a model for successful public-private cooperation under the framework of Hong Kong SAR's policy for retaining and optimizing the value of heritage buildings."

We're really proud of SCAD, and believe they've set a standard for the re-use and conservation of significant buildings in Hong Kong. We hope that Hong Kong takes note of their lead as all eyes fall on the remaining sites around the city that have potential for being much more than high-rise shopping malls or residential developments, such as Central Market, Bridges Street Market, Central Police Station and Police Married Living Quarters.

mad boy

香港街頭藝術家Graphic Airlines的作品從不賣弄可愛, 相反他們以怪誕的卡通人物聞名。香港人不習慣去逛藝廊, 他們就把藝術搬到街上利用街頭藝術讓忙碌的香港人提供一些思考上的刺激。"阿肥" - Graphic Airlines作品中的靈魂人物, 她跟我們一樣生活在這個城市裡, 經歷著我們所經歷的一切。

Alter Boy是一個以"阿肥"為主體的限量版雕塑系列, 當Alter Boy配上不同的配件和衣着,就能組合成千變萬化的形像。每一種形像都表現了一種生活態度,每一種面貌都充滿著趣味,"阿肥"將會玩盡各種造型令大家耳目一新,貫徹着Graphic Airlines的創作精神,用不同的方式去享受創作的旅程。

繼去年推出 Alter Boy version I & II 後, 今次Alter Boy來到Version III這次他的名字叫Mad Boy。MadBoy是家裏的獨子,本是一名品學兼優的高材生,從他一圈一圈的鏡片已略見一斑。但面對現在繁重的功課,幻變的學制,通識教學及將來的愛國教育,他終於發瘋了。在他自已創造的瘋狂世界裏他成為了一位魔術師,與幻想的老虎狗朋友作巡迴表演。

MadBoy將於9月23日於Madhouse登場, 是次只限量推出150個。 介時Madhouse將會變身為夢幻樂園迎接這位魔術師。還有由Graphic Airlines組成的 G LA G LA 帝國樂隊現場演奏, 為平日活在壓力裡的香港人減一減壓。若然你跟Mad Boy一樣快要給這個城市迫瘋那就一起來體驗一下這位魔術師的瘋狂世界。

展覽: Mad Boy In The Wonderland 日期: 9月23日 - 10月8日 地點: Madhouse Contemporary 香港, 柴灣, 50號永泰道, 港利中心8樓804室 開幕酒會: 9月23日晚上7時 - 9時30分 電話: 2815 6007 電郵: info@madhouse.com.hk

yardbird

Our friend Matt Abergel, ex-head chef at Zuma and MASA (NY), has opened Yardbird - a modern yakitori spot up on Bridges Street. With an identity done by Evan Hecox, we're already in love. We've tasted the menu which includes corn tempura, korean cauliflower rice cakes, fruit tomatoes and of course yakitori and all of it is damn delicious. Opened now, but until the alcohol license gets approved, it's BYOB. Yardbird, 33-35 Bridges St. Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Open 6pm till late.

the night market

thenightmarket_01 Whitespace held our Christmas lunch at The Night Market — a newly opened and simply gorgeous Taiwanese restaurant in Central, Hong Kong that serves well-known street foods, home-style dishes and renowned Taiwanese drinks. It's a restaurant that personifies owner Allen Lin's experience of growing up in Taiwan as well as having travelled and lived around the world.

Taipei is known for it's food, and The Night Market took all of us there for a taste of the local street fare. The lunch sets came in bento-style boxes with lots of side dishes including egg, tofu and eggplant, and if there is one thing you must try it's the popular Three Cup Chicken, which was delicious.

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Our team really loved the interiors, designed by Alexi Robinson (who was responsible for the design of Press Room Group's flagship restaurant, SML) and Michael Young, and especially appreciated and took note of the quirky branding, tableware and ceramic design done by Latitude Design Studio, founded by Jesse McLin and Julie Progin. "The branding needed to take the customers through the distinctive Taiwanese pop and food culture with a humorous and unexpected twist. We set the feel of the graphics in the logo, a peculiar silhouette of a food cart that conceals a highly detailed hand drawn twin, a playful take on the rich and eclectic personalities of the Taiwanese markets. From the menu to the bento boxes, all of the identity was hand rendered to reflect the honesty of the markets and the meticulous detailing in the graphics allows customers to uncover new facets of the brand at each visit."

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We were thrilled to learn that the plates and bowl sets are available from a few places in town; directly from the designers: Latitude Design Studio, at BFelix (192A Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan) and also at Kapok (3 Sun Street, Wan Chai) The Night Market, 11 Stanley Street, 6th & 7th Floor, Central, Hong Kong Monday – Friday 11:30am to 3pm, 6:30 to 11pm, Saturday: 11:30am to 11pm and closed Sundays.

blindspot annex opening

One of our clients Blindspot Annex recently had its first show called "A Departure from Reality III: The Tender Truth" featuring Maleonn & Jiang Pengyi and curated by Janet Fong. It doesn't look like a lot of people were there but that's because it's an overwhelming 6,000 square feet and these photos were taken towards the end of a thunderstorm-filled evening. The show was a success and owners Mimi and Chris have done an impressive job of turning a former top-floor raw industrial laundry facility into Hong Kong's best gallery space. We cannot wait to catch the next opening and visit their rooftop.

Check out the show: 3.9 – 30.10.2010 at Blindspot Gallery (Central) Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00am to 7:00pm / 11.9 – 31.10.2010 at Blindspot Annex (Wong Chuk Hang) Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11:00am to 7:00pm (during exhibition) / by appointment

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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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