November 24, 2016


I collect Japanese “mooks” (magazine-books) that feature home decor, design, architecture, craft, lifestyle, etc.  They're my favorite possessions.  We were burglarized last year, so they're pretty much my only possessions now.  Just so you know, I plan to steal these from your house.

I scanned a few pages from Casa Brutus magazine (please pardon the sub-excellent scan job).

Coil - Akihisa Hirata

Sou Fujimoto - Na House

Top image:  Optical Glass House, Hiroshi Nakamura

Second image:  Coil, Akihisa Hirata

Fourth image:  Na House, Sou Fujimoto

I'm sorry to say that I don't know who designed the house depicted in the third image (don't you love the desk/storage stairs?).  Please let me know if you know who this architect is (does it say in the Japanese text?).

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April 30, 2017

For Christmas, I gave Mom several presents, including a set of artisan felted wool coasters The set consisted of two yellow coasters and two blue coasters, with an artsy silkscreened design on the top of each coaster.  

After a few months, I noticed that Mom consistently used the blue coasters on the correct side and the yellow coasters turned over to wrong side.

"You don’t like the yellow coasters?" I asked her one day.

"It’s fine."

"Then why do you turn it over to this side?"

"What’s the difference?"

I flipped the coaster over.  "This side is the design side."

"Either one.  No difference."

"There’s a difference:  This is the design side . . . this is not the design side."

"It’s you who buys it, not me."

"That’s true, but I intended for you to use the design side."

"And I intend to use the non-design side as the design side," she said.


April 24, 2017

I feel especially Asian when I drink jasmine tea and dine on heroin-sprinkled, crispy lotus slices.
Two trays o' food
Two trays o' food

April 23, 2017

I'm going to start posting random photos from my collection of Japanese home decor magazines, since I love the combination of Japanese kanji/hirigana/katakana with impeccable styling/photography/layout.  

This one is from a magazine called Kawaii [Something], Volume 2.  I have no idea what the second word is.  

At the top of the cover, there are some characters that read "putesuito na interia to [something] hon."  Something interior and something book.  aahhh I don't know.