August 20, 2009

when I'm grown

I would like a prefab

and a treehouse bedroom to sleep in during summer months...

August 4, 2009

Japan, my love, you must understand... it's not you it's me. can we still be friends? I'll call you.

Three days.
Count em', 1..2..3..
Until I hop on an East bound plane for Stockholm
KIX --> PEK --> ARN

It seems silly to be oooing and awwing over Swedish design and sites when I am in this amazing land of Japan, but I have grown tired recently of Japanese life, need some change of pace and new inspiration, if only for one glorious week. I have been fully packed since Sunday.

Here is what I have garnered so far about the self proclaimed "Capitol of Scandinavia":

Everyone is tall, blond, extremely good-looking and wears heaps of black

The modern art looks impeccable

The vintage clothing raids will be and look

Way out West will be mind blowing...Beirut, My Bloody Valentine, Echo & The Bunnymen, Vivian Girls, Wolfmother, the list goes on

A cafe with a decor inspired by one of my favorite modern artists, Joan Miro

Swimming on the Fjäderholmarna - The Feather Islands

And with a high of 70, lows in the high 40s, I am bringing a jacket.

August 3, 2009


Things to be wished for...

This woman's interior style sense

This dress in blue for late summer/early fall

Thinking I can build this for myself...

August 2, 2009


In Tokyo, an unassuming store front can yield an enchanting mind blowing rabbit hole. The phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" rings so true in Tokyo. On a recent trip to the city, an eight story ride in a small, dingy elevator in a dirty, cramped high rise took me to the chillest, most well designed cafe I have ever been to in some time.

One such store I stumbled upon in Tokyo was RUNE. Beginning after the war, illustrator Mr. Rune Naitou began publishing illustrations in girl magazine of 'Junior Soleil' in the 1950's. I have found some of my favorite, most inspiring illustrators in Japan. His work is amazing and has that 1950s vintage feel I can't take my eyes off. The store sells bags, t-shirts, dolls with amazing doll clothing and fabric with his original illustrations printed on them.


Asako Masunouchi is an amazing illustrator, graphic designer and short film animator. There are some awesome stop motion short films on her website I highly recommend. I love the simplistic and honest nature of her work, almost like a simple outline. She studied illustration in the UK before moving back home to Japan.