Polkaros made a trip to Tokyo Design Week 2015 this week and it was great fun appreciating all emerging designer’s work at the event. Here’s Tokyo Design Week, Polkaros style!
This year’s Design Week theme is “interactive” and hence, most of the exhibits are related to “interactive” in one way or another. From colourful Japanese clogs called geta, traditional crafts to modern spaces and ideas!
We will be at The little dröm store on 1st November (Sunday), to launch our Singapore Dessert Collection, a collaboration series with The Little Drom Store. We started talking about this project since last November and are so excited to finally share it with you! Do drop by if you are in town! Let’s have a chat about our favourite Singapore Desserts this Sunday!
Meet Ice-Ka-Chan, inspired by the popular Singapore dessert ‘Ice Kachang’ made of shaved ice, assorted beans, jelly and colorful syrup!
This is Tang Yuan, inspired by one of my favorite desserts as a kid. It is a traditional Chinese dessert made of glutinous rice flour rolled into little balls and served in a sweet soup.
Photo credit: The Little Drom Store they did such an amazing job! And special thanks to Hello Sandwich – Ebony and Kat for helping with the photo shoot at the Hawker Centre (1st pic) when they were visiting Singapore!
Ever wonder how your pots are painted? Let’s take a peek into our initial stages of pot painting at our studio!
We create little handy design guides for our pots.
Discussion of workflow before we get started.
Checking for defects before we start our painting process.
Taking reference to the ceramic colour guides on the wall.
Mixing and getting our signature pastel colours and shades right.
It’s not all done yet! Stay tuned later this week for the finishing steps before firing them at the kiln!
It’s the time of the year again for Tokyo Art Book Fair!
Held every year at the Kyoto University of Art & Design, Tohoku University of Art & Design Gaien Campus in Tokyo’s chic Aoyama area. This year, each visitor gets a cool orange drawstring bag courtesy of Beams Japan!
So what’s in that bright coloured bag?
A guidebook and a floor guide on each exhibitor.
Split into 2 floors breaming with creativity, here are some of artists and booths that caught my attention!
Rumi Hara and her fun illustrations and zines. Spot the funky pompom card!
Makomo is well known for his style in character illustration.
One of my favourite illustrators, Grace Lee and her zine “You need more than 2 hours at the MET”.
On display: Irma Boom is famous for making a tiny version of her gigantic books that she publishes.
Always bursting with pop colours, Toshihiro Mori’s works have been used in CD covers and more.
I especially love Mari Oogo’s simple yet colourful illustrated calendars.
Mari’s prints and items for sale!
Not your ordinary Alphabet book! Check out Hyunho’s alphabet book here!
Did you know?!
Polkaros first launched the Japon and Polkaros Lifestyle zines at past TABFs!
You can still get them via our Polkaros Shop! Especially if you love all things Japan, be sure to check our Japon zine out!
★ Japon A little zine inspired by Traditional Japanese Craft
★ Polkaros Lifestyle Zine
Introducing our new Content Curator, Junel Che.
Junel is a Singapore-born illustrator and web-designer based in Tokyo.
She will be curating stories on crafts, art, design and lifestyle events for the Polkaros blog.
Welcome Junel to the Polkaros Team!
Sakura started to bloom last weekend and they are already starting to fall! Yesterday I took some time off work to enjoy Hanami in Chirodorigafuchi park with good friend Hiki. We wanted to check out the Chiyoda area as we hardly go to that part of Tokyo together. It was an extremely warm day for Spring and the light was perfect for photography. The park surrounding the emperor palace is beautiful and it might be one of the most beautiful Sakura sights I’ve seen. The river had a lovely gradient of turquoise and green, and it was a nice complement to the light pink Sakura.
Today is a day of grief for Singaporeans as we say our goodbyes to Singapore’s founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
I must say as a teenager living in Singapore, I was never really appreciative and have always wanted to leave Singapore in search of culture, creativity and freedom. After living in Japan for 10 years and having to travel a lot for work, I now realise how much freedom and mobility I actually have as a Singaporean. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the stability in my home country. I was given an equal chance as my peers or someone in a developed country to pursue my dreams. This equality did not come easy and we must never forget the hardship that has brought us here.
Thank you Mr. Lee for the fight that has not only provided us with a comfortable life but the equal rights and freedom to pursue our dreams as Singaporeans.
* * * * * The five stars on our national flag depict Singapore’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. May these ideals continue to guide us as a nation.