Whenever I see a classic car I think about design. Last week I saw this 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 near London Bridge in London.
Tokyo is a beautifully colourful place.
I really appreciate good design in life. When people, businesses and local authorities make an effort. A lot of elements come together to make a place enjoyable. The shape of the buildings, the colours, the cleanliness, the ease of getting around.
Life can be busy, it can get tiring commuting around, rushing to work, rushing to meet people. Everything is a better when the places we go feature interesting and beautiful design.
One of my genuine beliefs is it shouldn’t just be about minimising costs and maximising profits, it should be about making the world a better place.
Do you live or work in a city? What do you see on your day to day trip to work?
Last night after work I walked from my client office towards St. Pauls with a colleague. As we were walking I remarked, “doesn’t London have some amazing architecture?”. My colleague; originally from Bulgaria, replied that he loved the area.
Barbican, London – The Japanese House
This year the Barbican centre ran an exhibition; ‘The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945’.
I was impressed by the creative layout, a large gallery was used, in the centre, a life-sized house and garden were installed. This was surrounded by individual galleries telling the story of evolving design in the post-war decades.
What better way to celebrate the economical use of space and thoughtful design present in Japanese homes than to make it a central theme of your exhibition.
I found the cutest local cafe in Seoul with the friendliest owners.
It’s called Portable Loft. They also have a craft / design store – Portable Lollipop.
You can see some pictures of Portable Loft, the owners and their friends here http://blog.naver.com/jungurion/220896163629.
And the Portable Lollipop website is http://www.portablelollipop.com/
Dongdaemun Art & Cultural Centre
Continuing on from my last post about a set of stairs at Dongdaemun Art & Cultural Centre in Seoul, South Korea I was also impressed by the main walkway from the street to the museum and design halls.
Stairs – a study, Dongdaemun, Seoul
There is relatively modern design plaza in the centre of Seoul. I decided to take a few photographs as the architecture is quite unusual.
This post is about one set of stairs.
Changdeokgung, Seoul, South Korea
I’m in Seoul, Korea now! I hopped on a plane and came to Seoul to see a friend. I’ve been travelling about 8 weeks now and I felt like I could really do with seeing a familiar face. I’ve also been dreaming about Korean Chicken and Beer for about a year.
This is my second trip to Seoul. On my first trip I went to one of the Royal Palaces; Gyeongbokgung – it was so beautiful. So on this trip one of my first stops was Changdeokgung; another royal palace, that happens to be a UNESCO heritage site.
The highlight of the day was a classic jeep spotted in Sendagaya (千駄ヶ谷), Tokyo (東京）
I saw this on the way from the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym to Omotesando. The metropolitan gym has a training room, pool and finess studio available for public use for 600 yen per session. It’s great for visitors who don’t want the hassle of a membership.