Making more and better S P A C E

It has been four years since we began publishing our eZine, S P A C E. Which runs the gamut of topics relating to creating new, and better space, mostly the kinds that foster interpersonal dialogues that progress in a meaningful way. That doesn’t have to mean lifetime friendship, or anything. Just… It has to […]

A song for Jean Rhys, a letter from Rilke

FIVE OF US. Wrote a poem together. And I’m going to send it to just the five of us, and that’s it. It’s called A Song for Jean Rhys. Jean Rhys inspired the work, in a big way, of hosting The Mirror. Writing needn’t be about mass producing, or selling, or convincing, or debunking. Sometimes, […]

Atelier S P A C E || Bangkok

Atelier S P A C E is DK’s popup, zinemaking on-the-spot workshop. The idea is to gather a handful of people to meet and cocreate a short publication. A zine. So far, DK has hosted Atelier S P A C E in: Battambang, Singapore, Penang, KL, and a few smaller cities in Malaysia.  Zines from Atelier […]

The Mirror Section B

Forget what ‘they’ say. THE MIRROR is for helping you discover and listen to you. You don’t need anyone else to spell it out, but here it is: no one is going to regret it more if you don’t do the work than you. Did you read that article that went viral, a while ago?  […]

S P A C E || The best is yet to come

GETTING SET here in Bangkok for our 6-10 March zine design atelier. Atelier S P A C E || Bangkok. I’ll welcome just a very small handful of people to cocreate an eighth-page zine. Read more under Upcomings and find out how to get involved in the international conversation that interweaves people and place, in […]

Readings from S P A C E

A POPUP CONVERSATION salon, with snippets from our 2014-2017 highlights from the ezine, S P A C E. We will be hosting this in real life at a venue in Bangkok to be shared with registered guests only. Free with RSVP. To RSVP, contact DK through the form here.

S P A C E || Artist in Words

A CONVERSATION. This is a chance to talk about the work you create, in words. ‘You need to be able to talk intelligently about your work,’ said one of our photographer friends in New York. It almost seems like if you google ‘artist statement’ you will get a bunch more advice about the how of […]

SELF || Bangkok

DISCOVER YOUR SELF. Sounds crazy, right? You know yourself. Well, do you? In this era where layer after layer of facades keep us from truly relating to others, maybe it gets confusing. It’s a good time to take stock and reflect on who it is you are, under all of that. No cameras, no phones […]

Change starts with wanting to

  PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY IN MOTION know that the hardest part about starting a thing is, well, starting. In classic high school Newtonian physics, the coefficient of static friction is greater than the coefficient of kinetic friction. Which means that if you had a mass on a flat surface, for example, you would need […]

Interstitial space

ONCE UPON A TIME, a very smart person wrote a thing about my art. I guess that was the thing that threw me off. ‘Art.’ It was weird, because I thought I was an engineer-architect-journalist-designer. But I was making things that someone with a real eye, experience, and like I said, brains, didn’t say wasn’t […]

Atelier S P A C E || Cameron Highlands

LIVING IN or traveling through Malaysia? Join Design Kompany for a weekend getaway in Cameron Highlands. You’ll be part of an international traveling atelier to make zines in different cities and locations around the world. We will be in Cameron Highlands to make S P A C E || Cameron in late December, 2017. What’s […]

S P A C E || Launch party for the new zine, S P A C E || Penang

BE PART OF the of the launch party and low-key conversations about spaces where we can meet new people, and learn new things. DK will share zines we have been making with others since 2014 in cities like Phnom Penh, Bangkok, London, Copenhagen, Malmoe, Singapore, and Battambang. Should be relaxed, small, intimate, and low-key. We’ll bring […]

S P A C E || Make time for Real Life

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you made time to show up and talk to someone you didn’t know, in real life, without a meeting appointment or an agenda? If you are interested, like we are, in showing up for something that you don’t know what it is yet, then come along and join us for […]

Atelier S P A C E || Penang

ARE YOU INTERESTED in publishing? How about real life, and conversations that have a center, go places, and involve a wide mix of perspectives? If yes, this is for you. Make an 8-page zine with us, and join the global series Atelier S P A C E. The curious, as well as writers, artists, designers, […]

Being offline more

WIFI. Is scarce, here, in Penang. So, more offline time. Eye contact. As I talk in real life about the why of Atelier S P A C E, it’s doing something, it’s making it clearer. As in, why. As in, for whom, and where. I seek cozy spaces that might not be ‘regular’ for philosophical […]

Atelier S P A C E || Singapore

PHYSICIST and Nobel Prizewinner Richard Feynman said, ‘I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know […]

Journey to S P A C E

IT IS SUNDAY. Laying low, conversations are being kept to a min. It’s that kind of mood, here, what with throngs of people out and about soaking up the city at the weekend. I remember this. All my city travels were like this… the weekend is when you really want to keep it to a […]

Battambang vis-a-vis Singapore

JUST LANDED. It’s been quite a shift for sure, from Cambodia, and we have a hefty notebookful of things to say that we will hold off on saying until we meet in real life, for Authorities might not like us making Off the Cuff Statements (and we should also refrain from Generalizations and/or Snap Judgments). […]

The Prospect of Beauty

Join DK and jazzy guests at this conversation salon. Our theme is ‘The Prospect of Beauty’. Discover the parlor games ‘Art of Not Knowing’ and ‘Excerpts of Note,’ as shared in similar small scale salons in clubs in Tokyo, London, New York and Hanoi. RSVP requested. Tickets just $10p at the door, inclusive of materials, […]

A designers’ guide to 25 of Singapore’s day-work cafes, art stores, and ‘third places’

    AFTER MUCH SEARCHING ONLINE, and even more not-finding, I have given myself a writing commission. Go to Singapore. Walk around. Look at stuff. See who’s doing something interesting. Discover them, drifting towards whomever or wherever intrigues, without too much noise, or fanfare. Talk to people. And see where the cool stuff is going […]

S P A C E || Battambang digital, print zine drops today

HERE WE GO. DK’s first zine in print, S P A C E || Battambang, drops today. This was created from the first-ever of our new roving conversation salon-cum-zinemaking popups, Atelier S P A C E. That took place on 26 September, over P’chum Ben in Battambang, Cambodia. We are focusing on the zine idea […]

Battambang || Atelier S P A C E

A conversation salon + atelier to *make something*. It’s for those we discover, on the way, and on the spot. See you in the up. By invitation only. 

Wherever you go, there you are

A NOMADIC EXISTENCE has begun. AS: What is it about? DK: ‘A Nomadic Existence?’ asked one of my longest-term mentors. ‘What is it about, exactly? Can you name that? Can you paint a picture of what it IS? In other words, what is the content of your forum?’ Let me answer that. What IS it […]

The Village II

THE VILLAGE is an online conversation salon. It’s by invitation. It’s for people whose paths we are crossing, and with whom we’d like to develop a continued correspondence. This time, themed around the idea of The Village. Together we will ask, in this 12-week sequence, ‘To which tribe do I belong?’ Mixing our experiences and […]

Changing it up

IN RECENT MONTHS, parts of DK have been regrouping on the road, while some of us are in Phnom Penh. We are trying to sketch out the ‘why’ of DK. The purpose, the whole thing. I know we’ve been ‘at it’ since 1994, in various ways and shapes, but now, it’s for real. Why? One […]