Greeting cards inspired by Chinese architecture

 Western Market, Hong Kong
Designer Tereza Hradilkova has created a series of pop-up cards inspired by Chinese architecture. Pictured is Western Market, Hong Kong
(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Designer Tereza Hradilkova gives snail mail a decidedly modern edge with her innovative interpretation of the classic pop-up card. Her intricately crafted greetings offer whimsical laser-cut reflections of South China cityscapes, from Hong Kong's iconic skyline to Macau's traditional landscape.

Trained as an architect, Czech-born, Hong Kong-based Hradilkova says her 'Porigami' creations were inspired by visits to Japan. 'The fabrics, stamps and paper art are simple but beautiful - especially the paper-cut works of Masahiro Chatani,' she says. She came by the word play in the name rather fortuitously: '"Pori" is my nickname and "gami" means paper in Japanese.'

The delicate structures are brought to life by vivid red architectural elements. Sophisticated details add further intrigue: in one card, a tram set against a city block captures Hong Kong's unique blend of old and new; ditto an elegant tower clad in minutely detailed bamboo scaffolding.

Each set of nine cards - available from the Sidewalk store in Hong Kong (HK$400) and the Sidewalk website (opens in new tab) - is printed on recycled card stock. Hraoilkoua also offers a larger, special-edition 'Year of the Dragon' card in time for Chinese New Year, designed with hand-carved stamps and her trademark bold red ink (HK$60). Or you can have her customise a design to your specifications.

Pop-up card of Hong Kong bamboo scaffolding

Hong Kong bamboo scaffolding

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Pop-up card of Year Of The Dragon

Year Of The Dragon (special edition size measures 12.5x20cm)

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop-up card of St Paul's, Macau

St Paul's, Macau

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop-up card of Hong Kong Hakka House

Hong Kong Hakka House

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop-up card of Hong Kong Island skyline

Hong Kong Island skyline

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop- up card of Hong Kong tram

Hong Kong tram

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop -up card of Macau A Ma Temple

Macau A Ma Temple

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop-up card of Peak Tower, Hong Kong

Peak Tower, Hong Kong

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop- up card of Tai O, Hong Kong

Tai O, Hong Kong

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

Pop- up card of Set of nine cards with red envelopes

Set of nine cards (8.5x13cm) with red envelopes

(Image credit: Designer Tereza Hradilkova)

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4 - 6 Gough Street
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