Continuing my ‘A Visual Inventory' series is this pairing of grey forms and a traditional tea time snack. Image on the left shows architectural details of Wisma Bumi Raya (Grand Earth building), a high-rise office on Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur. Image on the right is a side view of kuih ketayap, desiccated coconut mixed with palm sugar, rolled in a coloured crêpe.
You know something’s no longer ‘unique’ when it is seen in a fast food outlet.
Can you count the amount of IKEA KLIPPAN sofas in this image? Along with LAMPAN lamps and LACK side tables?
This is a stadium in Berlin where spectators bring their own sofa to watch World Cup games.
Image source: FAZ
“TOO MUCH gathers thoughts about cities, the people who live in them, and the changes affecting our society and our environment.”
At first, I suspected the art direction is by mainstudio. But I was wrong.
A random selection of music which doesn’t offend my eardrums.
My first attempt in spoofing ARCH+ magazine. It wasn’t a success. I guess I have to leave the ‘ugly-cool’ art direction to the experts.
The actual ARCH+ magazine is under the art direction of Meiré und Meiré, also responsible for the design of 032c, brand eins and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
There is a new structure at the Lake Gardens and it’s huge. It took them more than a year to construct this boathouse pavilion. I was a recent visitor on one rare non-rainy afternoon. Enjoy this video of me cycling in circles.
I bought a ghetto ‘goodie pack’.
I exited the Sungai Mas Plaza to look at the shophouses along the street. There were some gift shops (with goods that are 99% from China), pop-up cobblers, tuition centres and convenience stores. Then I saw the Rotiman (man on a motorbike with a crate of baked goods and snacks) stopping by to attend some customers. One of his many plastic bags of goods is filled these ‘mystery’ pack.
It’s about the same size as a postcard and comes in different colours, and naturally I chose the one in green.
The other side of the pack has a safety warning that this pack is not suitable for children aged 3 and below, just like the Kinder Surprise toy.
The goodie is covered in a sheet of newspaper. This one’s wrapped in local title China Press dated April 2014.
Surprise! My pack came with two ‘shots’ of popping candy, a plastic wind instrument that I couldn’t figure out how to operate, and a bangle that’s probably made out of radioactive lead.
Verdict: 50 sen is loose change to some, but to a 7-year-old schoolkid it’s a treat. And this goodie pack probably has more to offer than a Kinder Surprise because I suspect there are other snacks and accessories that come with it. At one eighth of the price of a Kinder Surprise, it’s quite a cheap thrill.