Linguini Fini

my good old foodie friend Leo took me here for lunch today (hurray!)

“Linguini, from the Italian word ‘lingua’ meaning tongue, and
Fini – meaning fine or of superior skill and quality”

Linguini Fini is another brainchild of successful restaurateurs Todd Darling and Robert Spina
rustic New York Italian cuisine that boasts the use of the finest
‘locally grown, organic hand-picked produce, sustainable seafood, and all-natural meats, rice and pasta’
they are exclusively supplied by  Homegrown Foods
(another one of their great initiatives, see for further details)

sourcing food that are locally grown from farms around Hong Kong,
which helps to shorten their carbon footprint & supports the local communities

(and frankly, is much safer to eat than produce from ze motherland, haha)

I squealed at their grungy New York oft interiors that had splashes of StartfromZero
(which warrants my squealing)

cutest toilet wallpaper ever!

ground floor : The Bar


We were so engrossed in conversation that I had …
[needs to be flogged]
but that means I’ll just have to revisit it haha

Leo had the salt cured egg genovese & I had the dried shrimp diavola linguini
it was definitely delizioso!

This is an impeccably well considered brand;
I was immediately drawn to their collateral the moment I walked into their space

their staff had matching aprons & uniforms that were equally well designed!
(have really begun to notice & appreciate all these little details that makes up a brand, many thanks to my talented SHIFU!)

a must visit!

G/F / 1/F, The L Place,
139 Queen’s Rd, Central, HK


Saturday in Design (Part 3)

  saw a mini catwalk event

I love it when obscure brands launch their products in some bars or alleyway

and more on SID 2011 :


liquorice planters

innovative ways of displaying food with cactus!
here the cactus was grown with chocolate and coffee beans

took one of these babies home! makes indoor planting so easy

it’s like a dance floor


Graffiti spotted!

hey hey hey! Also saw Start from Zero

some spray-action



The top of our heads caught on camera and translated into carpet patterns

Pop up gallery!

Vikings !

Knitted in Design

The Granny Project!
saw these beautiful lampshades at Insitu
big stitch knits are so cute!
if they weren’t so hard to keep clean I’d buy stitched wool stools and huge throws and lampshades !

and after brunch we wandered around Pyrmont and saw another one of those kickass knitted trees!

done by the girls at FrockU Sundays


the girls kindly showed us how they did it!
you measure the diameter of the tree / lamp post
and then stretch a scarf over it and sew it up !

 (reminds me of the Kings Cross public art project a few years back)

some crafternoon ideas : )

Central Park Sydney & Fraser Studios

From time to time I’d pop over to this area for a wander.

 I love being able to keep tabs on the changes happening in cities.
That’s why I wander and re-wander over the same alleyways to see if hey there might be a new stencil here
or just today I spotted
Ampersand cafe opened a second space next to the Surryhills Library !

 So! Good things have been happening at Fraser studios (photographed above)

A few years back we were trekking through this derelict area to get to Glebe markets,
(before the influx of fake Guccis and I-pod bling bling accessories)
and then we were fortunate enough to visit a studio space set up by
one of our design tutors Trent Jansen with Design By Them in Chippendale
And then a lofty garage cafe / vintage furniture Shapiro Auctioneer  secretly sprouted
where you got to eat below a towering surgical lamp
and watch the jars of homemade pickles rattle as the barista ran up and down the kitchen
(by kitchen I mean a makeshift bench propped a few steps higher)
with our coffee orders
the White Rabbit Gallery launched,
(with the most breath taking collection of contemporary Asian art)
round about the same time they started the construction of ‘Central Park’

which leads me to the topic of this post

Frasers Property have introduced a new initiative to make creative use of vacant warehouse space in the old Kent Brewery development site, on Broadway. From September 2008, three warehouses at 10-14 Kensington Street, Chippendale will be temporarily transformed into a multi-disciplinary art space.

This unique project sees Frasers Property work alongside local arts organisation Queen Street Studio to produce a creative program of activity till September 2011.”

It’s a damn fine idea, the temporary sharing of space for different community usage
It creates such interesting happenings and vibrant diversities in the city
and this flexibility of space use is much more sustainable
-isn’t it wonderful that old places could be preserved instead of us knocking them down
to make way for yet another hip but boring Westfield? : P

There are so many forgotten places in Sydney that’s been left to waste away
They could start by transforming some spaces in the Newtown train station for example.

 I was here to see the A3 Print show presented by Illustrators Australia

Brook Andrew, ‘Local Memory’