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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.

the only game is fame

Whitespace launches a new edition of totebags in our series, "The Only..." The latest bags are inspired by the notion of celebrity with "The Only Game is Fame" and "The Only Freedom is Stardom". Made of thick black denim and screenprinted in white with a handy inside pocket, these totes are strong enough to carry all your stuff and can easily fit a laptop. As usual our totesbags are limited edition run of 100 per style, and are available through our website or at Kapok on Sun Street, G/F. 3, Sun Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Pick up one for yourself or for your friends for Christmas! Show us your love!

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.

tangram launches at whitespace

Our friends at Tangram launched their Spring/Summer 2012 collection earlier this week at Whitespace. Here are some snaps of the event, which drew a great crowd of friends, buyers and press who gathered around drinking champagne and admiring the pieces on display. Husband and wife team Paola Sinisterra and Ignacio Garcia have worked incredibly hard on this collection, and the love and knowledge for their craft shows in the details, fabrics and prints. Hear more about what fashion-blogger Divia Harilela from The D'Vine says about their launch collection. Until they find a stockist, please order from them directly at hello@tngrm.net

w insider

We were WOW'd to receive a snapshot from our friends vacationing in the Maldives of the W Insider — a project we worked on with Starwood Hotels for the W Hotels brand. Whitespace conceptualized, designed and edited a broadsheet paper for the brand, filled with images, articles and interviews, that is now distributed throughout the region. So nice to see it in action!

hong kong ballet nutcracker

Each year The Hong Kong Ballet holds a very special charity benefit performance of The Nutcracker. This year Whitespace donated our creative services and designed the programs, backdrops and materials for the show, under a theme centered around The Kingdom of Toys. Our team worked closely with the benefit committee to create over 40 different pieces of collaterals and artworks used throughout the day's event, which took place in the mezzanine foyer of the Cultural Center before guests attending the fundraiser watch the performance of the Nutcracker in the auditorium. Ashley Tse of The Hong Kong Ballet wrote to us, "Thank you very much to you and your colleagues’ professional and graceful efforts throughout the lead up to the event. The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit 2010 was a great success. All the children and our guests had a joyful time."

We were delighted that our graphics, inspired by the wonderful Nordic designs of Sanna Annukka were appreciated by those that attended, and provided a colorful backdrop to the little ballerinas and dancers that graced the stage that day. Special thanks to our team Veronique Hon and Rosalie Lo who worked with a pre-holiday rush deadline to make this happen!

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Over 20 pieces of signages were designed and placed around The Cultural Centre, where the Christmas benefit was held.

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Our friend Angelina, sporting one of the stickers.

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The main stage backdrop with a list of the sponsors and ten feet tall graphics of the soldier and ballerina.

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The program on each of the tables during the lunch benefit.

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Little booths for children to play games were created, such as this one, Hit The Hat Off The Snowman.

let's get lost

letsgetlost ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is a special collaborative art book by Whitespace and photographer Dan Pak and featuring Ana R. To celebrate the publication of this exclusive book and exhibition, a launch event will be held at Whitespace this Friday December 10th followed by the 5th anniversary celebration of the studio.

This project began as a dialogue in 2009 about a shared vision that goes beyond their everyday roles as photographer and a creative studio. Featuring images of Ana R, the result is a striking book that showcases the unique talent and versatility of both creatives that goes beyond the scope of their daily practice and client projects. Whitespace, who celebrates their 5th year anniversary on the same date, will publish a collaborative art book every year with a photographer. ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is the first in an original series by Whitespace.

Two parallel stories take place in ‘Let’s Get Lost.’ A photographic one that follows the story of a girl, Ana R., through moments of solitude as she makes her way through a journey that explores the intrinsic need for a deeper human connection in Hong Kong — a city that is constantly busy yet so often detached. The other is a story constructed from graphic lines and shapes that float beneath the surface of every page in a French-fold book created by Whitespace. The rhythm of the photographic images on each page is echoed in a series of chaotic yet carefully balanced forms.

Together, ‘Let’s Get Lost’ tells a story of loneliness and isolation in a city where the feeling of drifting is often unrecognized and overlooked due to the constant barrage of human contact. In a city like Hong Kong, one is seemingly never alone. It's about being a stranger in a strange place, but also about finding meaningful connections and a space of one’s own, whether real or imaginary, free or confined.

Let's Get Lost exhibition and book launch on Friday December 10th, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm for press and invited guests. Whitespace 5th Anniversary and after-party from 8pm to 11pm by invite only.

introducing greyscale

Greyscale, our nascent brand of stationery and products, was launched at Kapok's new store on Thursday night. Press, family, friends and the usual suspects all showed up to drink, eat cupcakes and soak up some of owner Arnault's rays of retail love on the Sun Street, joining neighbours such Sonjia, Chen Mi Ji and Vilebrequin. Press walked off with one of our limited edition tote bags, but customers will also get one if they bag more than 200HKD worth of Greyscale goodies! Our current collection of notecards with names such as 'Dandelion Storm', 'Lotus Lilies' and 'Sticks and Stones' are available as assorted boxed sets retailing for 180HKD or single packs for 60HKD. Contact us for more details or join our list for further news, events and updates.

Greyscale now available at Kapok, 3 Sun Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

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greyscale launch at kapok

Whitespace is starting the new year with a new brand. Launching at Kapok’s new store on Sun Street, Greyscale and Kapok are holding a joint party in the evening of Thursday 14th January. The store’s window and exhibition wall will showcase the inspirations behind the Greyscale brand by our studio. GSxKapok.jpg

Greyscale is design wares for the spectrum of daily living. It aims to bring charm and style into people’s living and working environments through accessible and contemporary design products that are visually engaging as well as practical, decorative and fun. Through a range of products from note cards to journals and eventually developing into home wares, these products are to be enjoyed by both adults and children. Greyscale is also committed to using sustainable materials and the best practices for the environment making it recyclable and safe.

Kapok is the first shop to carry our line of notecards, and we will be further extending our distribution in Hong Kong and abroad this year. If you haven't been to Arnault's shop, stop by and visit as it's full of great products such as Moleskin, Common Projects, Seventy Eight Percent, Happy Socks, VOID and many more interesting brands.

Come and celebrate with us tonight at Kapok, 6.30-8.30pm, but scoot over to the new space on 3 Sun Street. See you there!

YOU ARE HERE

‘YOU ARE HERE’ is an exhibition organized by WHITESPACE as part of DETOUR 2009, an outbound programme parallel to Business of Design Week (BODW). The exhibition is open to the public tomorrow and will run until December 9th 2009 at the Former Police Married Living Quarters on Hollywood Road. The historical significance and the architectural qualities of the Former Married Police Headquarters inspired WHITESPACE to curate an exhibition centered around space — both physical and intangible, and to celebrate the diversity and creativity in Hong Kong’s thriving art and design community. Titled “YOU ARE HERE”, WHITESPACE invited 80 creatives to contribute artwork to a group show about charting journeys, visualizing stories, plotting out dreams and surveying landscapes. Whether real or imaginary, distorted or accurate, descriptive or abstract, these individual maps will be gathered and displayed as one large piece to form a collective plan of creative energies.

Artists include graphic designers from WHITESPACE, graffiti artist and painter L1ES ONE, illustrator Emily Eldridge, designer and artist Kate Barnett, GRAPHICAIRLINES, designer and artist Yuki Holland, painter and sculptural artist, Roy Man and graphic designer and illustrator Sum-Sum Tse, amongst many more.

‘YOU ARE HERE’ explores where you are on a ‘map’. Where you are in time. Where you are at this moment. Where we are, as a group, in Hong Kong.

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premiere issues cocktail

In celebration of The Press Room's second anniversary, Whitespace was invited to hold an exhibit of Premiere Issues. On display from November 22nd to December 22nd, we are jointly hosting a little cocktail reception to celebrate this exhibit on December 11th. If you are in the neighbourhood, please drop by for a drink and light bites on Hollywood Road, from 6-8pm! PIxPR_Invite_lo.jpg

In 2002, designer Danielle Huthart decided to display her collection of 1st edition magazines by creating an online catalogue. What started as a personal project quickly grew into a extensive magazine archive thanks to readers looking for more information, other collectors or contributors wanting to help the growth of the Premiere Issues.

Premiere Issues relaunched with the help of Whitespace in August 2008 with a brand new website, a more flexible platform for public submissions and comments, as well as the ability to search and sort through the archives. Now six years since its start, with over 180 magazines from over 10 countries, the library has developed into a visual reference of stylistic covers as well as a source of inspiration. The key statements or letters from editors featured in numerous launch issues provide insight into the times in which the publications were created.

Some gems in the online collection include such notable magazines as Communication Arts (1959), Ray Gun (1992), A Magazine (2001) Blaze (1988) and V (1999). Other smaller independent magazines such as Me, Faesthetic and Monster Children have all grown in readership and style.

Through this exhibition, both Premiere Issues and The Press Room hope to delight guests and the public with a rare display of interesting and often amusing vintage publications.