It’s a small world after all


Managed to catch up with an old school friend, Mark, (and his backpack buddy Neil) after we flew into Shanghai on the same day! Who would have thought it? I haven’t seen Mark since Sixth Form. So great to see a friendly face.


The Bund


Shanghai’s Southbank. Yes, these boats are equipped with video billboards – it’s like Bladerunner.

Milly Minding


Me and Milly took on Shanghai’s shopping district on an exciting nappy hunt. If being blonde, fair skinned and looking like a doll wasn’t such a rarity here, I’m sure we would have taken half the time. Everyone wants to take photographs of us – I thought we were the tourists here?

A room with a view?


China is crazy! This city is vast. Just got back from our welcome meal with the British Council team. Yummy, delicious and… interesting food. Jellyfish: tastes good, feels like skinny, boney slug. Odd

The scale of the city is certainly impressive and construction work seems to continue through the night. Disconcerting amount of smog and a worrying juxtaposition of poverty and wealth. For more photos go here.

Off to Shanghai with the British Council, China


A few months ago the [re]design team were commissioned to curate an exhibition for the British Council: Climate Cool By Design. It’s a touring exhibition, showcasing the very best in British sustainable design. Today I’m traveling to Shanghai with Sarah Johnson, Jason Allcorn and Milly (the little Maker) to oversea proceedings. It’s only a thirteen hour flight!

CONTAINS take two


It’s up and running again and looking good. Still very cold, but thankfully the local pan-pipers have been entertaining us. Every day.

CONTAINS has vanished


It was like something out of Groundhog Day when Andrew and I arrived to open up the containers this morning. They’d disappeared! At first I thought it was the cold, or perhaps the lack of sleep that had finally driven me mad. Sadly, my mental state was sound – All 8 shipping containers had been picked up by the container company a week early with the entire exhibition rattling around inside. Now there’s an opportunity for a lawsuit if ever there was one! Apparently there’s not much damage. Set up all over again tomorrow… I think I need a hug.