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Architecture Pop-Up

Miniature versions of South China cityscapes give snail mail a new edge.



BY jesse

January 26th, 2012


In the age of email, the traditional means of sending festive greetings via an actual physical card appears to be but a distant memory.

Enter these vivid depictions of Chinese architecture captured in ‘pop-up’, which gets one thinking that doing things the good old way might actually be a brilliant idea.

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Czech-born, Hong Kong based designer Tereza Hradilkova has created a series of intricately crafted and whimsical laser-cut depictions of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline and Macau’s traditional landscape.

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Trained as an architect, Hradilkova found inspiration for the delicately crafted cards while in Japan, where the paper-cut works of Masahiro Chatani formed a deep impression.

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The delicate structures feature compelling details: the eye will observe a tram set against a city block in a juxtaposition of old and new; in another, a tower is covered in bamboo scaffolding.

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The cards (set of 9) are printed on recycled card stock and a larger, limited edition ‘Year of the Dragon’ design is also available for the Lunar New Year. Customisations are possible.

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Available from the Sidewalk store in Kong Kong and the Sidewalk website.


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