Hong Kong

1st October 2014

Today I am supporting Hong Kong in the struggle for democracy.

I am so proud of its students, its people and the power a peaceful and passionate protest can have.

So wish I could be there to show my support in person.

#UmbrellaRevolution #OccupyCentral #StayStrongHongKong

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The Dog Street

1st October 2014

I’m so excited to share this post with you guys today! It’s been a long time in the making but one of my most favourite projects to date is now up and running!

The Dog Street is a serious labour of love by one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met – a kiwi girl called Margot. Some people would say she has a bit of a thing for dogs (to give you a small idea the tables at her wedding where named after dogs which I designed and made graphics for…!) and she really does.

While living in Hong Kong she took home 2 rescue dogs, Stanley and Rosy, and when her family moved back to New Zealand last year she thought nothing of taking them with her. Sadly Rosy is now in doggy heaven, but Stanley Keegan (General Dogsbody at The Dog Street and the inspiration behind the brand) is alive and well, if not a little grumpy in his old age.

Yesterday was the official launch of www.thedogstreet.com.

Margot and Stanley’s online store sells stylish but functional dog collars and leads and the WET DOG™ Collection is a waterproof, stinkproof range for all the cool dogs out there. Margot’s passion for dog rescue is tied into the Forever Home design, as well as through their promise to pay $1 from every collar sold to a monthly dog rescue charity.

I’m really rooting for this little startup and I hope you guys can spread the word to any dog owners out there. These collars aren’t just colourful and fun, they’re also super practical and the $1 for a collar campaign is awesome. PLUS they ship to anywhere in the world.

Because dog’s are for life. Not until they get too big, you have to move house, or you have a human baby.

Check out The Dog Street here and if you want to see what Stanley’s up to, you can follow his mutt-erings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hong Kong • July 1st Protest

3rd July 2014

This timelapse of protesters in Hong Kong on Tuesday is really something else.

It’s strangely beautiful and very inspiring.

(Thanks Mum)

Laura Jordan

16th August 2013

I saw a print by Laura Jordan through the window of a closed gallery in London one night and loved it from afar.

Her sketchy collages map the political, social and architectural landscape of contemporary London, New York, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro and are something quite different, and definitely very cool.

Gold Panda: My Father in Hong Kong 1961

4th June 2013

I’ve never even heard of British Electronic artist Gold Panda (!!) but his latest video, produced by Israeli visual artist Ronni Shendar, My Father in Hong Kong 1961 is gorgeous as is the song.

It makes me miss Hong Kong and makes me want to listen to more of his music…

(via Nowness)

Rubber Duck

25th April 2013

Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman‘s Rubber Duck is going to be in Hong Kong!

The 16.5-meter-high inflatable piece will travel to over 10 countries and 12 cities, including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam.

“Rubber Duck knows no frontiers; it doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t have a political connotation,” Hofman has said.

Be sure to pop down to Ocean Terminal between the May 2 to June 9 to check it out.

(via HKApple)

Michael Wolf

15th April 2013

Michael Wolf’s photos for his book, Architecture of Density make me homesick for Hong Kong.

The images taken between 2003 and 2007, are an unsual take on Hong Kong’s crazy skyscraper living.

For more of his work take a look at his site here.

(via Co.Design)

Hong Kong Microapartments

22nd February 2013

This interesting article over on Co.Design highlights the lack of housing in Hong Kong by the Society for Community Organization, whose mission is to promote equality amongst citizens.

Photographs taken from above of Hong Kong’s illegal microapartments help give a sense of what it’s like living in such a small space, as well as most likely helping you appreciate the space you do have.

The cost of property in Hong Kong has always been crazy though and this isn’t really a new thing. My parents live in a flat that’s roughly 150 square feet and it’s amazing what you can do with space if you’re clever about it. We’ve had 8 people (admittedly one was a little munchkin) quite comfortably eating dinner in there.

(via CoDesign)

Kung Hei Fat Choy

11th February 2013

Wishing all my Hong Kong family a happy, healthy, prosperous and love filled Year of the Snake.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

吉慶有餘 !

Skulls

14th January 2013

Everyone knows how much I love skulls especially my sweet little sister, and when she gave me this amazing bottle of wine for Christmas I completely fell in love with it.

Skulls 2008 was produced by R Wines (a collaboration between winemakers Dan Philips and Chris Ringland) in South Australia. It was then imported to Vancouver where she bought it and took it back to Hong Kong. Then she gave it to me for Christmas and I brought it back to Cape Town. How’s that for around the world?

The best bit about this wine though (aside from it’s 16.3% alc./vol.) is the AMAZING label by Hungarian designer István Orosz, entitled Ship of Fools. It’s surreal and beautiful. Orosz is often compared with M. C. Escher because of his forced perspectives and optical illusions, so spend some time seriously checking it out.

As Eat Magazine says: “This wine, and its label, is not for the feint of heart.”

Think we’ll have to save it for a special occasion.

Takashi Murakami

11th January 2013

Last week we went to see Takashi Murakami’s Flowers & Skulls exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. It was by far one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever been to.

I love Murakami’s work and the Gagosian was a beautiful space to show it. It was also free and you could take photos. Amazing.

Flowers & Skulls is on until the 09 – 02 – 13. If you can get down to see it make sure you do.

Gagosian Gallery
7/F Pedder Building 
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong

lil’sprout New Year Sale!

10th January 2013

Yay! It’s our first ever sale at lil’sprout!

This is kind of a big deal for me, my brother and sister-in-law, so take a look guys and let us know what you think.

We’ve got 20% off all our babygrows and tees, as well as our 7 Days of the Week Giftbox sets.

We’ve had the best feedback and support since we started lil’sprout, which has made it all worthwhile and also means our 2013 collection will be available towards the middle of the year. Can’t wait!

PS. How absolutely gorgeous is my little nephew Maddox up there? xx

Share Neon

8th January 2013

I went a bit crazy for Gap over Christmas and popped into their shops whenever I was walking past. The block coloured cardis, stripy jumpers and amazing scarfs were done in the most awesome colours…and then came the Share Neon Kids campaign! Eek!

Firstly, SHARE. I’ve decided this will be my new word for 2013. I love it.

Secondly, NEON! Can I just say it took about 5 minutes to get that shot in between shoppers in one of HK’s busiest shopping centers over the Christmas holidays.

And finally – how sweet are these guys?

HKDI / The Colours Of Asia

8th January 2013

Over the holidays I stopped by the Hong Kong Design Institute. The campus was designed by French firm Coldefy & Associés and although it looks somewhat out of place plonked in between the high-rises (which is weird for Hong Kong – usually all the crazy architecture works well together) it was an amazing building.

I missed the D&AD Awards 2012 Winners by a couple of months, but I found 2 other great exhibitions that were on in the ground floor galleries:

German Design Standards – From Bauhaus to Globalisation and The Colours Of Asia.

The Colours Of Asia focused on the 5 dominant colours of red, blue, green, yellow, black/white and their significance throughout the 13 countries that were represented.

There were big baby heads from China, Vietnamese army packs and funeral offerings from Laos, mixed in with crafts, spices, tea, clothing and festival decorations from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, India and Indonesia. The colours were gorgeous and the packaging and products on display were really cool.

Unfortunately the exhibition has now finished, but I’d definitely recommend checking out what’s on and taking a visit to the HKDI if you’re ever in Hong Kong.

Maddox’s 1st Birthday

11th December 2012

We arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday went straight into Rainbow Party mode for my sweet little nephew’s 1st Birthday!

I designed his invite last month, so I knew we were in for a multi-coloured affair with everyone wearing allocated colours, but we also had rainbow jungles, rainbow surfing and rainbow mountains (amongst others!) rainbow streamer hoops, a rainbow ball pool and little rainbow ribbon gifts for the kids.

The best bit? Watching Maddox eat cake for the first time. Too cute – the video will come out on his 18th birthday I’m sure!

Happy Birthday Munchkin! xx

The Places That We Used To Be

3rd December 2012

This weekend I began a Tumblr blog with one of my sweet friends Jacky.

We wanted to somehow document the differences between the places we lived in and so The Places That We Used To Be is a weekly selection of photographs taken of a particular theme, in the place we are.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Landcarpet

8th November 2012

I saw this Hong Kong Landcarpet this morning by Austrian carpet designer Florian Pucher and had to share.

Love it.

(via DesignMilk)

Between Friends ♥ Jacky Heggli

6th September 2012

Between Friends
Jacky Heggli

Jacky is one of the sweetest and most enthusiastic designers I’ve ever met.

After finishing her Visual Communications degree in the UK, she moved back to her home city of Hong Kong to work at a Creative Media Agency.

Being based in the middle of Central could truly make or break a designer’s spirit (it’s hectic and the HK design world is pretty cutthroat) but having already worked with big name clients like Red Bull I know this passionate young designer will go far … and I can’t wait to see what she does in the future!

Thank you Jacky! x

(To view a bigger version, please click the image above)

CHANEL: The Little Black Jacket

13th July 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Exhibition is in Hong Kong until the 16th July at The Space on Hollywood Road.

109 celebrities were photographed by Karl Largerfeld for the book The Little Black Jacket Chanel’s Classic Revisited. The exhibition has visited Tokyo, New York, and Taipei so far, with the next location still to be confirmed after Hong Kong.

I absolutely love the little videos on the site – the opening credits (made with what looks like iron fillings) are creative and beautiful, and the videos of Hong Kong make me miss home.

Check it out if you can.

(Thanks Han)