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Low Lai Chow

Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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Now you can take a course to become a morning person

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 17 January 2015

Sure, recent studies suggest staying up late has its perks for the smarts, but we all know waking up early means you get a headstart ahead of all these sleepyheads around you.

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Illustrated: All of David Bowie’s hairstyles from 1964 to 2014

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Saturday 17 January 2015

To mark David Bowie’s 68th birthday, illustrator Helen Green recently did a bunch of inspired drawings of all his hair styles from 1964 to 2014, showing how he’s rocked his locks for the last 50 years. A black and white art print of all the illustrations, if you so desire one, is now available on Society6.

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Look! An office you can slump all over anywhere sans tables and chairs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 16 January 2015

Sitting down is bad for you, agreed? Dutch design firm RAAAF thinks so too, and they are now addressing this lifestyle hazard in the workplace with an office design that takes away chairs and tables altogether. The idea is to put up forms of varying slopes and angles for light leaning support, while encouraging workers people to move about as they work.

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Goodnight Brew: A children’s book about beer for grown-ups

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 15 January 2015

How wicked is it that author-illustrator Ann E Briated’s book, Goodnight Brew, is a parody of Goodnight Moon? Revolving around beer, the book, thanks to the whimsical illustrations, resembles a children’s book, but contains serious educational content to help less clued-in adults understand all they need to know about the pint they’re drinking. You know, […]

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Revenge bento art: Disgruntled Japanese housewives strike back at husbands and kids

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 15 January 2015

If this isn’t passive-aggressive, we don’t know what is. In Japan, bento-making is almost elevated to an artform, with housewives making sure the creative homemade lunchbox meals they pack for the family are as pleasing to the eye as they are to their appetites. This is often with immaculate prepping, cutting, sculpting and arranging the […]

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These sushi transformers are ready for a food battle

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 15 January 2015

Love sushi? Love Transformers? Then you’d like these. Two rival sushi tribes, the nigiri and makare, inhabit the planet of Sushilias — which all sounds quite banal until you consider the fact that this pretty much means sushi gets into combat mode as they transform into sushiroids. Got to love the Japanese for giving the […]

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Now you can assemble your cathouse from blocks

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 January 2015

We’ve all played with building blocks at some point as a kid, but up until now, we’ve never done it for a cat. Now you can snap your own biodegradable cathouse together in a heartbeat with these modular cardboard blocks for the kitty. Unpack the package of two beams, two cubes, tunnel, bridge, slide and […]

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Yes, it’s true: Singapore now has its own cat museum

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 January 2015

Wow, there’s now a new cat museum in Singapore that celebrates, well, cats. And we thought the Internet already had that covered. Dubbed Lion City Kitty, it’s not, as the name suggests, just random cat memorabilia on show.

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Behold! The drinking jacket ensures you can drink all you want

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 14 January 2015

We’re impressed: someone has actually built a hoodie full of secret spots for hiding alcohol. That’s not all: it keeps drinks cold and comes with a bottle opener, neoprene koozie pocket, drinking mitts, sunglass holder and a hidden flask pocket. Elaborate? Hell yeah. Why have it any other way?

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Famous people mashups from fitting name puns

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design, New Trends on Saturday 10 January 2015

From Yoko Bono to Smiley Cyrus, these hybrid personalities formed from unlikely split-face mashups based on word-nerdy puns are great for an all-round chuckle.

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Incredible salt art by Motoi Yamamoto

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 10 January 2015

These intricate salt art patterns by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, who dedicated days to create each individual work with table salt, are in turn the visual by-product of Yamamoto’s meditations on his loss — the works are his way of commemorating the memory of his late sister, who lost her life to brain cancer.

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Trippy time-wraping placemat will mess with your mind at mealtime

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 10 January 2015

Japanese design studio A.P. Works has created a placemat made from twill fabric with a silk-screen pattern that uses the strategic placement of cutlery and plates to manipulate the illusion of the latter bending the placemat. Sadly, however, the placemat is not in commercial production yet… all the more reason to scrawl away on your […]

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Finally, contemporary cat houses for cool cats – and their owners

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 9 January 2015

Belgium-based graphic designer Delphine Courier has created a series of geometric cat houses  that are as classy as they are eco-friendly. Made from cardboard and assembled without glue, Courier made these to satisfy her passion for both cats and design.

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Shiba Inu gets a lift, shows us all how to swim in mid-air

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Sunday 4 January 2015

We can’t get enough of watching this Shiba Inu stoically trying to swim in mid-air, but just… can’t… reach the water with his woefully short legs. Thanks to this video by graphic designer Tommy Returntables on Instagram of his dog Maruko doing just that, our day has been made.

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Cool graffiti is peppering the streets of Kochi, India

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 1 January 2015

How apt: a mysterious artist or artists signing off as Guess Who, have been taking to the streets of Kochi in India with a series of amazing street graffiti that reimagine pop culture images with an Indian spin. As Guess Who said to an interview with BBC Tamil in response to those who view graffiti as […]

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