Archive for the ‘craft’ Category

dilemma of craft vs. cheap

Monday, January 4th, 2010


When I was at mall last week in search for an inexpensive dress for New Years, I saw a very familiar knit ‘hat’ in one of the teeny-bopper stores. It was the EXACT SAME style, hand-knit hat that I had bought just last year around Christmas time from Volang, during my (seemingly annual) trip to Union Square, NYC.

Of course, this mass produced product, selling at the mall was less than one-third the price of hat from Volang where, at the Christmas stall, I was able to chat with the craftswoman who made the very hat I wear during these cold months. I suppose this goes hand-in-hand with knock-off and counterfeit luxury brand items. But, at what point does one go for quality and personal touch over price? People want to be fashionable, yet purchase items that are affordable. And even if items are affordable and supporting independent artists and designers, they’re hard to locate. There are very few outlets other than Etsy, which has been saturated with “junk” where people can purchase or browse independent designs. You could try checking out Supermarket, but the best part of experiencing the craftsmanship is actually getting to touch and feel the products! Oh the dilemma…! end rant.

On a side note, the reason I really enjoy shopping so much when traveling is because it allows me to explore new (or old) cities, while hunting for specialty items.. (outside of touristy areas, of course!) Can’t wait for the new adventures that 2010 hold 🙂 Stay tuned!

the Pho experience

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009


A lovely connection between tradition, culture, and dining is the Pho tableware set designed by Omid Sadri for the making and serving of Pho. Simply beautiful and functional.

“Phở (fuh) n.Traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.”

Inspired by the form of a classical Vietnamese lantern, the bowl set here is designed to “simplify and enrich” the experience of the famous Vietnamese dish. The bowl set makes the entire Pho dish easy to carry, then creates a unique experience by revealing the dish layer by layer.

via Yanko Design

Bakus Table Mat: clever semi-DIY

Sunday, July 5th, 2009


A simple, elegantly designed stainless steel tray to be filled with your own, used wine corks. Then, replace the corks as necessary when they’re worn out. Such a lovely way of reusing… and extending the experience and memory from which the wine was enjoyed!

Learn more about the Bakus Tray by Ciclus via Wired

CraftBoston 2009 highlights

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Craft Boston featuring 200 Contemporary Craft Artists was held at the World Trade Center, Boston on March 27-29, 2009. A great show of independent crafts people and artists. Below are a few of my favorites.




Gijs Bakker at Harvard GSD

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Gijs Bakker, one of the founders of Droog Design, spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Design tonight.



airport shopping and eating utensils

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

During my trip to Hong Kong, I also took a small trip to Taipei and while waiting for my flight back to HK, I spent my remaining Taiwanese dollars at the airport. I couldn’t resist picking up this pair of chopsticks… the chopstick stand doubles as a container of sorts. Clever.


Back in the States and catching up with some blog reading, this product reminds me of the chopsticks…


Give It A Rest Utensils by Godefroy de Virieu, set of 6 sold for $24.

via Core77

More from my Hong Kong and Taipei trip to come shortly!

NYC weekend recap: shopping

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Shopping finds at the Union Square Holiday Market:


#1 Hand knitted hats from Volang.


#2 Buddy Scarves from Bearhands


#3 Swarovski jewelry by Marv Graff (no website yet), but definitely gorgeous. Image via iiivko.

free musuem entrance…

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

…on the first weekend of each month! From Bank of America’s Museum’s on Us

This weekend I saw Boston’s MFA exhibit on Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry. Dazzling to say the least.

Antique or Contemporary?

Monday, August 25th, 2008

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Left: Chairs seen at an Antique store in Hingham, MA
Right: Cherner Armchair from DesignWithinReach

I got to see an old high school friend this weekend and we were taking a nice stroll to Starbucks. On our way there we passed this cute little antique store (chairs on left). They are quite interesting and the fabric is so vibrant! It so happened in one of my recent magazine subscriptions that there was an advertisement for the DWR Cherner Chair (chair right). Now, this got me to do a little simple research and found: aha! Custom Cherner Chairs. Now, who will be the one fooled to buy very contemporary furniture from an antique store? I wonder if the store owner knows the whole story…

DIY: 30-second skirt

Friday, May 2nd, 2008


via CuteCircuit