Field Trip: Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Design Solution, Swedish Design for 170 Years Exhibit 2016, and Fujin Tree 353 Cafe 臺北世界設計之都-瑞典設計展

One of the best parts about living in Taipei now, is all the places to go! I love how old spaces such as this tobacco factory has been renovated into spaces for exhibitions, restaurants, cafes and a bookstore. The old warehouses are perfect for holding exhibitions.  The interiors are vast, and the ceilings are high.

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On this visit, I stopped in Warehouse A, to see the Design Solution, Swedish Design for 170 Years Exhibit.

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I’ve subconsciously loved Swedish design for probably most of my life.  Whenever I’m poring over furniture or interior layouts online, or in magazines, my eyes are always directed towards simple designs, clean lines and light colors.

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Such as this bookshelf.  I love the fact that it’s adjustable to different heights, and how it would look at home in so many different types settings.

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An exhibit without Swedish design would not be complete without a hearty mention of IKEA.  IKEA is all about democratic design, which means their mission is to provide well designed, durable, and functional furniture for the many.

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Unlike the U.S., or other countries, where there are a lot of affordable, functional and oftentimes beautiful furniture options, Taiwan does not have as many choices. We are slowly getting some stores from abroad, such as Crate and Barrel, but their furniture is currently way out of my price range.   I’m so grateful that IKEA is in Taiwan, and  IKEA is the reason why I can have a couch, a dining room table and a bed all at the same time.  Because of IKEA, I have a real table to eat my meals on, a real bed to sleep on, and a couch to recline on.  I can invite friends over, and they will have somewhere to sit down too!

On my way out of Warehouse A, I noticed this wall.  And I had to stop and stare at it for a long time.  Because it’s the solution I have been looking for, for the past 6 months.  I’m currently renting an apartment, and the landlord will not allow me to paint the walls, or remove some seriously ugly wall decals. I’ve covered the decals in the living room with 6 bulletin boards from IKEA.  The other eyesore is one wall in the bedroom, which has some really ugly grey marks.  I tried covering the part with the marks with washi tape, but it didn’t work.  This “petal wall” looks like a pretty solution to my dilemma.

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If you’re interested, the Swedish Design for 170 Years Exhibit 2016 is on until April 10.  (Also check back to see if I make that petal wall happen in my home!)

My next stop after visiting the exhibit was Fujin Tree 353 Cafe on the first floor of the Eslite building.

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Love the airy feeling in this cafe.  There are lovely plant arrangements everywhere, even swaying gently from the ceiling.

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I ordered a caramel macchiato, which arrived with a napkin, with an interesting phrase : I want to be your favorite hello and your hardest goodbye.  Hm.  Not quite sure how I feel about that one.  But, certainly something to think about.

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The best part about Fujin Tree was that there was a huge stack of Monocle and Kinfolk magazines free for customers to browse through.

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I enjoy Monocle so much, I am seriously thinking about subscribing.  Maybe as a birthday present to myself next year. Coincidentally, all the issues I read had articles about homes.  One of my favorite topics in the world, so I even took notes. Whenever the weather starts turning warm, I start to reassess my living spaces, and I’m thinking about undertaking some spring cleaning projects and activities.  Do you feel motivated by spring to make changes and updates to your home?

Enjoy!

Information: Warehouse 1, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. No.133, Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City 11072

Website: http://www.songshanculturalpark.org/en/

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