SKETCH

London, November 2016 – SKETCH is a “destination place, for food, art and music” and conceived by French celebrity chef, Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur, Mourad Mazouz. It is one of the most fun dining scenes in London. Upon entering the 18th Century building on Conduit Street, one sees a hop-scotch on the floor. Cute idea!…

Belmond La Residencia

Mallorca – After driving on winding roads through villages lined with ochre-color houses and Serra de Tramuntana mountains towering above, our car turned into a driveway lined with olive trees and red geranium flowers. Reaching the top of the hill, Mr. King & I were greeted by a majestic stone-mansion- La Residencia. Nestled in the small…

Dawn Ng at Hermès

Singapore, May 2016 – Dawn Ng’s installation, How to Disappear into a Rainbow is the inaugural exhibition sponsored by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès at the recently renovated Hermès flagship at Liat Towers. I was smitten by the artwork – a sea of soothing pastel blue, pink and beige blocks. Immediately, I found myself in an internal…

Ran Hwang’s Button Blossoms

Singapore, May 2016 – The recent re-launching of Hermès flagship at Liat Towers made me recall the last art exhibitions held on the store’s 3rd floor prior to the renovations. Singapore, January 2015 – During the Singapore Art Week, I caught a number of exhibitions, but perhaps this one featuring Korean artist, Ran Hwang’s Becoming…

Rendezvous with petit h

Singapore, August 2013 – The petit h exhibition in Hong Kong last year left me with a lasting impression – the amount of creativity was astounding! Petit h is the laboratory and workshop of re-inventions using various discarded Hermès materials from silk to leather to crystals to porcelain to stirrups and turns them into playful,…

Hong Kong Spirit: Red-White-Blue

Singapore, October 2013 – As soon as I stepped inside Stanley Wong’s exhibition, Show Flat 04 sponsored by Fondation D’Entreprise Hermès in Singapore, I immediately felt I made a connection with the artist. Being a Hong Kong-native myself, the red-white-blue (“rwb”) canvas material, which enveloped the art space, was broadly used in Hong Kong from…

Ju Ming’s Taichi

Singapore, February 2015 – In the midst of the fruit trees, bamboo and palm trees inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Ju Ming’s monumental bronze sculptures from his renowned Taichi Series harmoniously blended into the serene landscape. A group of 15 sculptures ranging from 1.1m to 3.6m in height and 228kg to 1730kg in weight were…

Shopping in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Hanoi, February 2014 – The Old Quarter can be described as the “heart” of Hanoi since it is the home to numerous artisans, restaurants and famous sights – the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and Flag Tower of Hanoi. Its origin stems from the 11th century, when King Ly Thai decided to build his…

GEORGES at Pompidou

Paris, October 2014 – In the film “The Hundred Foot Journey”, scenes of a molecular gastronomic kitchen were shot at Restaurant GEORGES situated at the top of contemporary art museum, Centre Pompidou. Wonderful memories of our lunch there came rushing back. With a spectacular view overlooking the rooftops of the Parisian tenements, GEORGES is modern and…

Art Stage Singapore 2015

Singapore, January 2015 – After viewing thousands of artworks at the fair, only a handful are still strikingly vivid in my mind. Some are your “usual suspects” – or what I describe as household names and some just struck me with their aesthetics or technique or even just colors! Mrs. King’s Picks: # 1 –…