Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kuala Lumpur Design Week 2010 @ Cap Square KL Part 3 – Everyone Else

Welcome to Part 3 of our KL Design Week coverage. It’s now Day 4 (Tuesday), and to be honest, quite quiet during the weekdays here. KL Design Week (105)

(LEFT: note the enthusiasm on these two young un’s from Wall-Tailor)

On the bright side though, we do have plenty of opportunity as you can see, to blog and twit more than we ever have before (our regular followers will notice the upspike in activity over the last 3 days).

Anyways, now that we’ve covered our neighbourhood, we’re going wandering around the rest of CapSquare KL, which we can only say has been infested with color and plastic glasses in all areas!


First off, in all areas, you’ll find these cute little Secret Tents, in which hobbyists and students can sell their handcrafted wares.

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I actually bought a rock off this guy… Jux, who loves drawing incredibly detailed skylines with little godzillas and pandas running around. Very Cool.

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Downstairs in the main hall, things were surprisingly even more quiet, with mostly foreign exhibits, and a few more tents. This artist, Olivier, was representing a french studio called Hero Studio.KL Design Week (87)KL Design Week (90)KL Design Week (89)


There was also this kinda cool precision projection thing that made this look like moving billboards.

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This was the main stage, which was pretty much the only exposure evailable for the sponsors.  It was also the place where Mukhriz Mahatir gave his speech. I don’t understand why in Malaysia, we all clap for these VIPs we don’t respect, even when they are 2 hours late. It’s so weird.

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Some other artwork. Can’t remember the artists… sorry! But nice though…

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The last picture is my friend Thomas doing the Magnum. Incidentally, Thomas was once the king of Quake in Malaysia. He now works in a local audio studio called White Noise.

On the 2nd floor of Cap Square, there’s a very promising student exhibition. Although I’ve said it several times before, I’m continually impressed by the level of talent here in Malaysia, and sad that alot of it goes unnoticed.

Here’s an interesting one. It’s a fully 3-D display, which was displaying polygonal logos and models. Although not quite up to tony Stark standard yet, it was pretty impressive!

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Then there was this great character designer, with his Orang Minyak and Chinese Vampires. Very Cute…

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And then there was the work from the One Academy people, including their work with Ubisoft (only like the 2nd biggest game publisher in the world!).

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Next door to the ONE Academy booth was the UITM booth, with some very interesting typography work.

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We couldn’t help but chuckle at what a wandering American tourist might think of this last one, considering that UIAM is the biggest Islamic University in the region.

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Also on display were some really cool product designs, like these Handcuff-like clothes hangers.

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And then there was the very morbid work of Dayana, who is possibly the sweetest looking girl i know who listens to DEATH METAL. Nine Inch Nails might as well be Westlife :)

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And finally some nicely dressed toilet bowls and mannequins for good measure.

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that’s it for now, from Cap Square. If anyone has any other articles about KL Design Week, do let me know and I’ll pop it in here as a link.

Not sure if there’ll be a part 4, so for now, Goodnight and Goodbye from Cap Square KL!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Kuala Lumpur Design Week 2010 @ Cap Square KL Part 2 – The Neighbourhood (1st floor)

OKAY! Let’s take a walk around and see who’s around us. Let’s start with the Big Boys! First off, there are the guys who told us about KL Design Week in the first place, and whom we first met at last year’s event.

Wall Tailor! – A company that does some very cool custom wall decal stickers that are guaranteed for 5 years! They have the most polished, professional and just plain kick-ass booth in sight. Looking at them, we figured there was no point pumping more money into our booth just because there was no way we could outdo this…

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No funny jokes about the balloon over her head.


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A photo booth for people to take pictures and post on their blogs. Note the syncing of inside and outside illustrations.


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A wall of kisses where people can try to see how easy it is to paste Wall-Tailor’s decals (verdict: pretty darn easy).

Incidentally, Wall-Tailor is having a competition too!

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Visit for more info!


At 9 oçlock are the stone creatures from HapaHapa. This is the quietest booth in the exhibition primarily cos they’ve got the worst location on the floor (ours is 2nd worst due to late booking). It’s basically a showcase of stone creatures created by Lucas Blim. He basically wants to generate interest in his project, which is to use these little creatures for an animated movie.

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Up next are our neighbours. At11ó clock are the Click Clack Club, a formation of photographers from MIA

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They’re selling some really cute camera keychains (RM8 each). I bought one for someone’s future birthday.

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Then at 12 oclock is the super colourful puzzling booth of 3 boutique design studios. pixelplayground09, Mars Psychedelic Studeo and iryssstudio.

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They’re selling everything from T-shirts to button badges, and their booth and dressing looks like they take copious amonts of drugs. Although I’m sure they’re clean as a whistle.

Kids, say no to drugs.


At 1oçlock are the new boys in town, Cut Out magazine. They’re pretty much the first design-focused mag in town, and aim to concentrate on the synergy between business and design. Suitably, the two founders are Jay (an art guy) and Vivian (a very tall former account servicing girl). Yes they are going out.

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They were hosting a competition for their 4th issue cover, and here were their participants. If you want to join, do visit for more info.

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Oddly enough, they’re sharing their booth with a guy that does Sugar-sculptures. They’re really impressive when he does them live. You’ll never look at sugar the same way again.

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Over on the other side of the 1st floor are some really cool exhibitors as well. My personal favourite was a very very talented artist called Nana, who brands her items as roomism. I’ll let her art speak for itself.

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It’s very Tim Burton, but i love it for not just being design wankery. Each picture has some really funny undertones. Aside from that, she also sells these pouches…

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And Has this really adorable rabbit paper sculpture…

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Another one of my favourites was Urban Cr3atures, with their really cute paper foldable dolls at a criminally cheap RM6 each. These dolls are basically a printed cut-out sheet, which then fold to become these sorta cute, helpless caricatures. We told them they should be called Foldees instead of us.

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Here are some other pictures from the various other exhibitors that I didn’t cover...

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There really was too much talent to cover, so I’ll just leave it at this, and post Part 3 tomorrow – everything else :)