Oblivion..

quietly we drift away, quietly we fade to grey – suede

Month: April, 2010

Urban Chickens, via Good Magazine..

It’s glad to see this “burgeoning movement” thought it is abit fancy in Hong Kong.. But there is one point, I dun think I will slaughter them myself while we have spent joyful moments with them.. There are words form Lisa.S, at her South Africa wedding ceremony, she went to watch the livestock get killed for the food in the ceremony. her words are roughly about “This is the first time I’ve seen this, it is somehow sanguinary but it is really happened, and we have to face it…”

And she raised a bright point in nowadays food supply chain. Especially the people next to you who are yelling about an animal get killed is bloody cruelly, or shouting Jap go hell after watching The Cove.. You dun see, mean not it is not happening.. “一切不曾發生, 直到它被報導”

If you think feed for kill is normal, then killing is a part of it for sure.. So, face it or support the humanity slaughter at least..

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Nomadic Poet..

A creative circular bookshelf created by architect David Garcia, part of the Archive Series.

Hail the detination for the nomadic poet~ You can travel 10 thousand miles while reading 10 thousand pages of books (讀萬卷書時行萬里路).. Even the book worms can be a rolling stone/plup while running down from the cliff..

I really love the ArchiveI (the see-saw one in below) while I like the unbalancing stuff. Plus, the distance from the shelf (and one way only) and the distance from the ground constructed a very peaceful menitation zone out of the ground..

See what David Garcia Studio say about their work:

The Archive Series are investigations on space and books. Its departure point is density and micro spaces, and a series of traditional relationships that humans have to books. Private collections have existed for centuries, but when this is added to nomadic behaviour, curious contradictions arise; this is the area studied by Archive II. How can an individual travel with it’s own library, given that books are so heavy? This is something we can all relate to when moving house. Archive II is a nomadic library, a transport system and an intimate space. Inspired by ancient travelling libraries from the Far East, which visited courts and cities, Archive II transforms this into a personal space, where walking and reading coexist as refuge and transport.


Symmetry sucks, Nissan Cube..

1. “Ouch, the models are ugly…”

2. “Phew, it duplicated half face, not a new stuffs…”

3. “Ahh, that’s Nissan Cube ads!!”

4. “SYMMETRY SUCKS”

5. “Hahahahahahhahhah!@!@#!@$$%%^^@@@!!!!”

6. “This ads is deadly rock !!”

“Symmetry sucks. New Nissan Cube. Humans aren’t symmetrical why should their cars be? Visit us on cubelist.co.uk”

Illuminated Wood Chair..

I love the ambient illumination~ Bright Woods’ collection by Giancarlo Zema at Milan Design Week.

This make me think about Philips Starck x Microsoft mouse.. Couldnt dig its ads, but I can tell you it is nothing after I’d bought it on my desk…

13-th street..

超有心機 + 到位的 (爆+中!), 一個好好的 Direct Mail Reference !!

Laser beam clock..

A lovely clock with 60 rotary mirrors and a red laser beam, yes, just a, I’m even more exciting with this single beam~~ Check their website with the animated showcase, I’m sure i will go crazy while watching the mirror rotate second by second!! By a Russian studio – Art Lebedev, which produced the over 10K HKD keyboard, the Optimus Maximus keyboard in below..

灣仔唐樓變酒店..

轉載 via 設計.香港

Bi: Vintage, Hostel, Complex Building, Medical hotel, 不就是我的夢想嗎? 在我 fund 到8400萬前, 我還真的遲了很多.. 在 “The Place” 呢個 concept 未成氣候以前, 我們4個還是走在前邊的.. 概念上有相似不相似, 現實中有成果與夢想, 但對我們來說, 這還是一個很正面的例子。

成功吸「背囊友」商業客

【明報專訊】「在很多外國遊客眼中,香港文化等於中國文化,以為香港人以前都用酸枝家俬、穿長衫,其實完全錯晒!香港人以前這樣窮,怎買酸枝家俬?」在灣仔土生土長的卓家茗,兩年前在灣仔道買了一幢和自己同年「出生」的唐樓,再花700萬元把它回復至1960年代舊貌,變身文化酒店,希望「原汁原味」地向遊客展示真正的老香港民居。

這間只有25個房間的酒店,去年中開業至今,入住率達八成,深受「背囊友」及商業旅客歡迎。

奶黃色的外牆配綠色門窗,還有窄長騎樓……這些唐樓曾遍佈灣仔,今天都變身商廈及高檔餐廳。以做智能家居生意起家的Intexact Holdings Limited創辦人卓家茗,兩年前在灣仔道找到碩果僅存的1960年代唐樓,花約7000萬元買下,復修成「名樂居By the Park」文化酒店,實踐她的「保育大計」。

By the Park酒店裝修仿1960年代的唐樓(左),旁邊藍色建築亦屬名樂居的精品酒店,名為With the Star,將以星球為主題,表現香港現代一面,今年第三季開業。(余俊亮攝)

內外回復1960風情

這幢唐樓建於1963年,和她同年「出生」,「我在灣仔活道出生,媽媽在附近的東華三院教書,很希望把兒時回憶帶給旅客,令旅客真正了解香港1960年代的生活」。

要返回1960年代,先捨棄升降機,樓梯旁的水泥牆塗上不均勻的灰色油漆、掛上香港舊照。扶着昔日花崗石扶手、鋪有綠色地磚的樓梯拾級而上,先入眼簾的是如當年花布長衫的「花牆」,原來各樓層以花取名,分別為杜鵑、梅、蘭、菊、竹,牆紙主角亦隨之變動,配上刻劃花朵的畫、刺繡及木刻等裝飾。

「杜鵑樓」分東西兩面,接待處以昔日家居佈置,放置舊式收音機、熱水瓶、「萬壽無疆」杯、買餸籃等,電腦旁則放有算盤、毛筆、通勝,「文化不是只看,而是要體驗,旅客可用算盤或寫毛筆字,我們的職員可教他們」。另一面是中藥房,設置百子櫃。

放公雞碗設痰罐 房租最低400元

進入房間,會感受到50年前一般港人的居住環境,最小的房間只有80方呎,剛放到一張單人牀和電視機,每間房的牆身掛有日曆,桌上放了「公雞碗」,洗手間有痰罐和「囍」字漱口盅,最大的房間亦只有約150方呎,但全部有約兩呎、窄長的「騎樓仔」,每天房價由400元至1700元。

每層樓的樓梯亦掛上1800年至今的香港發展舊照,不同樓層的房間有不同玩意,一樓有毽子、口琴;二樓放飛行棋、象棋等;三樓象徵已長大結婚,放有花露水及洗頭膏等;四樓代表開始掌握成人玩意,放了天九、麻將等;五樓則展示代表香港文化的蛋撻、舞獅等展品。

酒店只有25間房,自去年中開業至今入住率達八成。卓家茗說﹕「現時旅客根本找不到這些東西,上環的懷舊星巴克也建於現代建築物內,我想原汁原味,不粉飾地展示貧苦大眾60年代的生活。」

由於鄰近綠屋、藍屋,她正籌備灣仔以至全港的歷史導賞團,希望由當區長者作導賞員,並正找沙畫藝術家海潮展示香港變遷。

明報記者 何嘉敏


5年建5酒店 IT人間間有賺

【明報專訊】以智能家居起家的Intexact Holdings Limited於2001年成立,本身從事電腦科技工作的公司創辦人卓家茗,想到不如讓更多人使用到智能家居的科技,遂於2005年在尖沙嘴建設首間智能酒店,隨後進軍中環、上環及灣仔,各有主題。從未接觸過酒店業的她5年間建成5間酒店,全部均有盈利,目標再建一間,以仿照《聖經》神創天地的歷程。

05年開業的尖沙嘴酒店,加入智能家居元素,可遙控房間燈光、音響、電視節目等,當年每個房間均可上網,屬「走到最前」,很受旅客歡迎,但由於金融海嘯及計劃集中於港島發展,卓氏於去年出售尖沙嘴酒店業權。

開酒店仿《聖經》創天地

07及08年間她共買了4幢舊樓,分佈中、上環及灣仔作精品酒店,包括威靈頓街的At the Eden和Of the Noah、永樂街的On the Wing、灣仔道的By the Park,結合將於今年第三季開業的灣仔道With the Star,命名全部仿《聖經.創世紀》創造不同事物為主題,並以月份、不同國家、星球等為樓層或房間分類。

短短3年復修兼營運4間酒店,自稱急性子的卓家茗說﹕「人生太短,不知下一分鐘會發生什麼事,想做就要盡快做。」她幸得友人簡彩雲協助營運酒店,但本身從事電子製造業的簡雖曾管理不同部門的職員,但從未經營酒店,「只是我朋友的妹妹曾做旅行社,用電話花兩小時教我如何向旅行社銷售……其間跌跌碰碰,邊做邊學」。

目標創醫療酒店

最終間間酒店有盈利,卓說她還欠一間,才能達到6天「創天地」的目標,但已開始另一行業,便是透過智能家居技術提供產後護理服務,名為To the Mabe,滿腦子主意的卓家茗已再想一步﹕「我還想做醫療酒店,還有護老院……」


復修過程官僚 老闆嘆保育難

【明報專訊】「同一個欄杆,可以因不同部門的要求拆了又建,建了又拆,是非常痛苦的經歷」,卓家茗形容要復修舊樓做精品酒店,經歷過無數難關﹕收購、復修、申請賓館牌照等,花了約兩年,但最痛苦是周旋於不同部門中,加上要把對現代酒店的要求套用於1960年代的舊樓中,她慨嘆﹕「為何保育這麼難?」

住客控逼遷 逐戶代找新家

數年前,卓家茗在灣仔道141至143號遇上心儀唐樓,決心買下作精品酒店,未料一幢7層高、一梯兩伙的舊樓,每個單位竟住上近10人,大部分是只獲僱主數百元在外找房子住的菲傭,「完全是七十二家房客!她們全部無錢再找地方住,要趕走她們真的很痛苦!」曾有菲傭找議員控告她逼遷,「最終要逐一和她們傾,找地方給她們搬」。

花了7000萬買舊樓,再花約100萬收購後,她發現手上的是既漏水又有僭建的樓宇,要再花700萬元裝修,「你會發現用了很多錢,但你看不出用在哪裏,可能只是令它不會漏水」。為了恢復1960年代舊貌,她找來舊唐樓相片,找人按相片重新畫則,再到處尋覓建築物料。

官員朝令夕改 欄杆拆了又建

但到申請賓館牌,才到「戲肉」,「要把對現代建築的規例,套進一幢1960年代的舊樓,怎樣做到?」卓指不同部門甚至同一政府人員的要求都可以不一,「試過被指欄杆不夠高,我加高了,同一官員看後說,原來不是欄杆問題,是地台太高,叫我鑿開地台,把加建的欄杆拆回……同一地方,可拆完又建,建完又拆,復修好待半年都未可開業,就是不斷糾纏於官員的世界內」。

至於為酒店找香港舊照,她曾到中央圖書館及政府檔案處,「不准影印,不准拍照,要買版權又太貴,總之無人會幫到你,結果我們走到全港各舊攤檔逐一找回來」。

iPad retro gadget..

Hahaha, dun you think this is retro enough~ The controller/base is available at US140, but the game is still coming soon on Apple store. Wondering if it can really battle with wifi connection.. I’m thinking about if there will have an external BlueRay/DVD player for the ipad? It should be great..

PIXELS by Patrick Jean

Pixel animation? 8-bit clip? A good one anyway, Patrick Jean brought all the childhood 8-bit games back to destroy/pixelate the NYC.. Real love his gravity effect after pixelated.. And the touching between the real ‘n animation is cool. The idea of pixel/8-bit with transforming/pixelating/simplifying the whole world is fresh ‘n cool too~ By the way, I world like to add some 8-bit music on it as well, rather then merely the SFX(even thought the SFX is not enough..)

The Conception of Wine..

Wine info-motion-graphy by Tiago Cabaco