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Yoon Sui Yin

Culture watcher, traveller, blogger, trained Lean/6Sigma, shipping professional
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Born in 1972 to the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rat in Penang, Malaysia but currently residing in Venice. A business graduate from Australia, I worked with Price Waterhouse and eventually joined a maritime company Maersk Line where I spent a major part of my working life with. Lived and worked in 6 other countries (USA, Australia, Denmark, UAE, Singapore and Italy) outside my own home for the last 15 years. Ended up speaking 5 languages to date.

Decided that I had enough of shipping , left my job in 2008 and took the plunge to consider a more creative career path that includes writing and research and consumer behaviour. My passion is within the realm of lifestyle and its trends as it unfolds. The world changes all the time, that is why it is so interesting to follow its development and our consumption patterns. What is the next big thing? I want to be part of this exciting journey.

I am particularly fond of furniture designs, scandinavian designs, architecture, classic and certain contemporary art and the art of dining . I bake while listening to music as a means of chilling out. I love travelling and reading for some brain input and running to stay fit.
What is unique that's not in your bio?
Would like to get more sea hours for my sailing certificate - and can cook up a storm (in the kitchen I mean)!
How do you define cool?
Confidence and originality in creating a piece of yourself in the beauty of your creation either in function and form in all aspects of life!
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
No simple maths or words, it is an instinct - when it feels right , it feels right!
What do you enjoy most about Trend Hunter?
The variety of ideas from everyone sharing and discussing
What is your favorite trend?
Lifestyle and the future (ala Buckminster Fuller)
What are your tips for writing a juicy post?
A picture is worth a thousand words..
How do you reset to be creative?
Bake!
What inspires or excites you?
People - because we are the only species intelligent enough to be aware of our own self development/regression and create ideas that can profoundly affect those around us and our future. AND nature for its humbling lessons to us all
Predict something awesome for 2020?
Community spirit reclaimed (we are ONE) while family and spiritual values grow even more important
Cardboard Kids' Furniture
Cardboard Kids' Furniture
Eco Friendly Cardboard Furniture by Metrocs
This Carton Furniture Series was originally designed in 1965 by Riki Watanabe and has been reproduced by Metropolitan Gallery in Tokyo. Stemming from the origami culture of Japan, the designer wanted to… MORE
Planted Memorials
Planted Memorials
Matilda Wigg Erixon's 'My Life Urn' is a Lifelong Tribute
Matilda Wigg Erixon’s message for her ‘My Life Urn’ project is to, as she says, “embrace life by reminding yourself of your mortality.” The urn starts its journey as a planter, into which you plant a… MORE
Aesthetic Dish Destruction
Aesthetic Dish Destruction
Antique Plates Get a Surprising Makeover by Karen Ryan
I love it when old things are revamped and given a brand new look. These pieces of second hand antique china have been altered by Karen Ryan who removed part of their surface decoration to form some surprising… MORE
Shadow Puppet Accessories
Shadow Puppet Accessories
DIY Entertainment Designs by Lola & Bailey
This “Shadow Puppet” collection by Lola & Bailey was spurred by the current economic doldrums and the spirit of DIY home entertainment back in the good old days when there was no TV or computers.… MORE
Contemporary Colosseums
Contemporary Colosseums
Cepezed Architects Design a Modern Amphitheater
The Netherlands-based Cepezed Architects have developed plans for an amphitheater in the Malieveld in The Hague. The Hague plans to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. The Cepezed Architects design… MORE
Competitve Ice-chitecture
Competitve Ice-chitecture
Tallinn, Estonia's New Town Hall Design
Recently there was an international competition to design the new town hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group, together with Adams Kara Taylor of the UK, came out winners for… MORE
Underground Chapels
Underground Chapels
Slovenian Cemetery Gets a Holy Makeover
OFIS (an Italian architecture firm) built this chapel for an existing Slovenian cemetery close to Ljubljana. The chapel is cut into the rising landscape and the shape is follows the contours of the geographical… MORE
IV Bag Lamps
IV Bag Lamps
Instead of Going to the Hospital, Bring it Home With Daniel Lorch's Kooky Light
Berlin designer Daniel Lorch named this kooky lamp creation ‘X, Y and Z’. These lamps are metal cylinders pinched together at one end that remind me of IV bags in hospitals. The only difference is… MORE
Ink Splatter Stickers
Ink Splatter Stickers
Tonky Designs' Peel and Stick Art Work Simulates Messy Accidents
Splatter Ink murals by Tonky Designs are a fun way to brighten up your walls in the office or home. The Splatter Ink murals are about 7x7 inches each, and are easily applied on any smooth surface. Removing… MORE
Architectural Culture Hubs
Architectural Culture Hubs
Shenzhen Creative Centre Embraces Urbanity & Open Space
Shenzhen was awarded the ‘City of Design’ in 2008 by UNESCO. Living up to that status, their new landmark cultural and transportation hub will be built by Dutch architects (OMA) and Shenzhen-based architects… MORE
Kooky Home Accessories
Kooky Home Accessories
Chris Redfern's Bulbous & Versatile Home Decor
These modular home accessories double up as functional vases, tables, bowls, flower pots, ashtrays, or umbrella stands. They're a part of the latest designs from Ettore Sottsass, who works with British… MORE
Revolutionary Aquatecture
Revolutionary Aquatecture
The Open Sailing Project Opens Doors to Living at Sea
Fancy living at sea--actually, living on a floating city with resources grown and harvested from the sea? A project called Open Sailing is building a vision of life at sea, pioneering a new form of marine… MORE
UFO Plates
UFO Plates
Biodegradable Dishes Feed Nature After You've Finished Eating
UFO by Andrea Ruggiero here means Unidentified Feeding Object. It is a picnic plate made of a mixture of blended birdseed, potato starch, guar gum and seaweed as binding agent. After use, the UFO plate… MORE
Compact Canopies
Compact Canopies
“Ensombra Parasol” is a Clever Solution for Summertime Shade
Cool sunshades--I can’t help but to admire this sleek looking parasols designed by Gandia Blasco of Spain. A great way this summer to add fun and style to your outdoor space at home while providing some… MORE
Puff Ball Pigtails
Puff Ball Pigtails
Bourgeois by 'Party Noire' is Alina Cosma's Eccentric Punk Line
Party Noire is a label by Romanian couturier Alina Cosma. Her latest collection called Bourgeois Punk was launched in May 2009. With the current preoccupation with vampires, I am convinced (since as… MORE
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
The Eco-Friendly 60 Bag Disintegrates in 60 Days
Polish designer Katarzyna Okinczyc and photographer Remigiusz Truchanowicz designed the 60 Bag, a carrier-bag that degrades in 60 days. Responding to the growing demand of carrier bags that are green… MORE
Retro Record Bags
Retro Record Bags
Handbag Designers Take Inspiration From 60's Vinyl and Guitars
Check out these latest retro music inspired handbags, from Living Dead Souls’ shoulder guitar bags, to Momaboma’s vinyl record-shape handbags. Living Dead Soul is known for their punk music inspired fashion,… MORE
MP3 Player Vases
MP3 Player Vases
Joongho Choi and WonHo Son Create Musical Flower Displays
Well, you have flower pot PCs, so why stop there? Joongho Choi and WonHo Son have created a flower vase MP3 player, created for Samsung. The motif is inspired by the image of a flower inside a vase,… MORE
Minimalist Lanterns
Minimalist Lanterns
Joongho Choi Creates Traditional Asian Lighting With a Twist
Korean designer, Joongho Choi, has designed a modern re-interpretation of traditional Korean lanterns called Chorong. Chorong comes in 2 versions: one with traditional light bulbs, and the other with… MORE
Community-Driven Creations
Community-Driven Creations
'Quirky' Lets People Decide What Will be Made and Sold
Talk about tidying up all the cables around your workstation while still looking smart, the ‘Sling Back’ by Quirky is a universal wire retractor that can suck up 3-feet of cable at one time. Quirky is… MORE
Laboratory Restaurants
Laboratory Restaurants
Madeline's Madteater Offers Visitors Dinner and a Show
When visiting Madeline’s Madteater, I felt like Alice in Wonderland attending one of Madhatter’s tea parties. It is like having all your senses bombarded at the same time, with the core focus being food.… MORE
Reinvented Traditional Art
Reinvented Traditional Art
Gonkar Gyatso's Shambala Artwork Has a Modern Twist
Gonkar Gyatso, a Tibetan working and living in London, is an artist to watch. His artwork is in display here in Venice for the 53rd Biennale, which runs until November 22, 2009. Using ink, pencil, stickers,… MORE
Modern Modular Lighting
Modern Modular Lighting
Olafur Eliasson's Starbrick Light Can Expand to Any Size
I love modular designs, and here is another one: Olafur Eliasson’s Starbrick light is an experiment of light modulation and space. The design was made for a company called Zumtobel. Starbrick is a convergence… MORE
Modular Fabric Tiles
Modular Fabric Tiles
‘Clouds' Help Dress Up Your Decor in DIY Fashion
The Bourellec brothers’ new showroom in Kvadrat, Copenhagen has the main theme of ‘Clouds’ showcased. Kvadrat has now released this new design by the designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. ‘Clouds’ is… MORE
Tree-Inspired Seating
Tree-Inspired Seating
'Vegetal' by the Bourellec Brothers Mimics the Forest
Ronan and Erwan Bourellec took four years to develop and create this universal chair for indoor and outdoor use. The chair was inspired by the historical gardens of the 20th century and was for Vitra.… MORE
Sushi-Inspired Sofas
Sushi-Inspired Sofas
Fernando and Humberto Campanas Create Rolled Fabric Furniture
A collection of chairs, sofas, tables, stools and bowls by Campanas (Fernando and Humberto of Brazil) have Asian culinary influences. The duo started with favelas, overlapping pieces of fabric together… MORE