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).
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?).
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.
"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.
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.