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Site renovation

This site is being overhauled. Find out what’s happening at the new ChowPourianLab, where Sonia Chow Studio meets pourian.com

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UK > HK: Farrells / Placemaking from London to Hong Kong and beyond

Always more than happy to dive into an art- / architecture- / design-related challenge, designing this nearly 300-page 17-year retrospective was my first appointment in HK. UK>HK: Farrells Placemaking documents the trajectory of architects / masterplanners Terry Farrell & Partners… Continue reading

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Elected, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts has elected me to its membership. Now in its 130th year, the RCA is the oldest visual arts organization in Canada, and “recognizes excellence and lasting contribution to Canadian culture in twenty disciplines.” I’m… Continue reading

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O Canada! Snapshot British Columbia and a bit of Alberta

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O Canada!

Took a road trip through British Columbia recently. If you’ve never been, I would highly recommend it. Best souvenirs of this trip… • “True North Strong and Free” t-shirt: official Olympic swag from Hudson’s Bay Company • Canada wind-up mini… Continue reading

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The Big Book of Bags, Tags and Labels

Published by CollinsDesign, this hefty, 384-page tome is chockful of branding solutions. Here’s a preview of 3 of the 8 spreads of our work from each section…

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Safe hands by the WHO

A nice 12-step instruction chart has been issued by the World Health Organization on how to make your hands ‘safe’ from the swine flu. It looks straightforward enough. Until you read it… I especially like step 3. Full details below.

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Berlin: Shepard Fairey @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Caught the opening reception for graphic designer / DJ / street artist / Obey Giant guy Shepard Fairey‘s Print Retrospective 1997-2009 at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery on our last night in Berlin. Celebrated as a Person of the Year in… Continue reading

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Germany: it’s all about the sausage

Spiekeroog. East Frisian island off the North coast of Germany. Population 825. Ferry access twice daily. One hair salon. Two ATMs. One grocery store. FORTY-FOUR kinds of sausage on shelf. There was also an in-house butcher. Who would expect the… Continue reading

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HK: art installation or public service announcement?

Snapped at Hong Kong International Airport: A water fountain so smartly wrapped, it looks like an installation. In fact, the tailored sleeve is there to prevent the unwitting spread of swine flu. Serve and protect with style!

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Hong Kong International Art Fair 09

The HK International Art Fair was on last weekend. Definitely time well spent. Here are a few mobile snaps… Among the featured artists: Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Julian Opie, Keiichi Tanaami, Kusama Yayoi, and one of my new faves –… Continue reading

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Nisha magazine (Israel)

Last August, a request for press photos came from Nisha, “Israel’s leading home interior and product design magazine.” They were after lighting and furniture for an article featuring products from Japan. The relevant shots went out, but the promised mag… Continue reading

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Coming soon… Stuffz: Design on Material

Another title in the pipeline, Stuffz: Design on Material (2009, BigBrosWorkshop), is due to hit the shops (online and on-shelf) any day now. To pre-order, check Gingko Press.

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Simply Material

Uni lights make a happy appearance in Simply Material (2008) – the first book in the “Simply…” series by enthusiastic art and design addicts / publishers Victionary.

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Cutting Edge Patterns and Textures

Some of our pattern designs have been published in the punchy resource of 300+ pages, Cutting Edge Patterns and Textures, (2008, MaoMao Publications / Rockport / PageOne) [below: cover and spreads from the PageOne edition]

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Farewell: Open For Design

The past few months have been unbelievably busy with big changes, and getting settled in HK. More on that to come. But first, Open for Design is coming to a close, with final posts up at the end of October.… Continue reading

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OFD update: Sweden Rising

Open for Design is motoring forward, and for this month’s theme of “material,” I’ve contributed a feature story – “Sweden Rising” – about Swedish design collaborative Front’s portfolio based on material that isn’t. Read it here. (above: Front’s Sketch Furniture)… Continue reading

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Download this: Rezidents for the PSP /hanami ’07

Just in time for spring… new Rezidents wallpaper for the PSP. In three colours – pink, blue and grey. Collect them all! p.s. Get the first one here.

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Pecha Kucha Prague, vol. 1

Pecha Kucha Night in Prague began with a bang! Jana Kostelecka, event producer, introducing Pecha Kucha. As surprise guests from Tokyo who were not on the scheduled programme, we were up first. Fellow presenter Czech graffiti artist Hunza (aka Jan… Continue reading

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PechaKucha Prague

We’re in Prague again, and will be presenting at the first PechaKucha Night in Prague, on February 20 (next Tuesday) at Kino Aero. If you’re in town, drop by and say hello! NOTE: Check out the PKN Prague link, with… Continue reading

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Travelling south

Blomsterautomat – flower vending machine at the Malmo train station.

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Up & away…

It’s been hectic – nearly 3 weeks since the last post. We’ve been on the move – in Amsterdam for a few days last week, then with OOITO to Barcelona for the Bread & Butter Tradeshow for Selected Brands this… Continue reading

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Designboom Mart report

Designboom’s photo report of the Mart at 100% Design Tokyo is online, with links for individual booths. Here’s the link to mine.

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Urban vinyl

Strolled through some shops for the first time in weeks, and suddenly there’s a glut of great new books about designer toys. Hard to decide which one’s the best – they all appeal for different reasons… Now the question is:… Continue reading

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Open for Design

In the hullabaloo of events the past few weeks, I neglected to mention the new online project I’ve joined as a weekly style blogger, updating on Thursdays (Fridays in Japan). Open for Design launched on November 1 as a multidisciplinary… Continue reading

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A few views from the booth at 100% Design

It was a crazy week – exhausting but fun – filled with interesting people and nice stuff. Thank you to designboom, 100% Design and everyone who dropped by. Special thanks to Yuki, Yuko and Huschang. Jean Snow meets th’ rezidents… Continue reading

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Download this: Rezidents wallpaper for the PSP!

Let Th’ Rezidents block your menu from the prying eyes of your fellow commuters… Download the PSP wallpaper below!

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designboom

A couple of days ago, I received an email from co-CEO and Editor-in-Chief Birgit Lohmann of designboom, inviting me to participate in their Tokyo mart during Tokyo Designers Week / 100% Design Tokyo.

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Massive Change

A couple of my photos are in the Massive Change exhibition, a project by Bruce Mau Design and the Institute without Boundaries. It opens September 16th at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, its first US tour location, after three-… Continue reading

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan article

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) publishes a bi-monthly newspaper called The Canadian. Communications editor Vivian Giang contacted me for an interview in the current issue (Aug/Sep 2006). Just received a copy by post today.

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