Sunday, 02 June 2013 20:53

Casa Lola in Elle Decoration UK

I received happy news from Jan Eleni, owner of 'Casa Lola', vacation villa in Brazil, which I featured last year on this site.

'Casa Lola' is now featured in July 2013 Edition of Elle Decoration UK!!
Here is a little preview of some images of articles that Jan kindly included in her email. How beautifully captured!

Sunday, 08 June 2014 16:00

DIY: Dressing Up Invitation Envelopes

June in Japan is rainy season . . . and the season of hydrangea.

I just wanted to share my DIY project of invitation envelopes for my client.

I used this inner-envelope-like pattern paper to dress up the simple baby blue envelope.

What a stunning color . . .
Dreamy, melancholy, tranquil . . . I don't know how to describe, but this beautiful moment in Bali captured by Helminadia Ranford caught my eyes.
Next time when I visit Bali, I'm determined to stay in Ubud area, where surrounded by deep and lush green along with scenic rice fields, just to relax and enjoy some peaceful time. I think this Vacation Rental named 'River Moon Villa' is perfect for that purpose. With 180 degree rice field view, away from touristic bustle...
Mystical photos of Bali, Indonesia, captured by Oregon-based photographer, Jesse Estes. I love how he captures the light at the time of sunset and dawn. So dramatic.
Thursday, 17 January 2013 20:14

Backpack + Tote Bag = Tack Bag by SSCY

tack bag by SSCY

'Tack Bag', designed and produced by SSCY, Brooklyn, New York
I want this!

A tote bag that transforms into a backpack, or vice versa.

tack bag by SSCY

Carry it on your shoulder as a tote bag when you shop, and wear it as a backpack when on a bike.

It's simple and handsomely designed.

More pictures from different angles are available on their official website (www.sscy.org).
(180 USD. International shipping available.)
images/icons/pen.png Designed by SSCY, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 21:00

Craftsmanship: Tsuchiya Kaban

Tsuchiya KabanPhoto: Rika


Tsuchiya KabanPhoto: Rika


I've been using a long leather wallet made by Tsuchiya Kaban (handmade leather bag brand in Japan). What I love most about this brand is its quality craftsmanship displayed throughout all items they produce, including catalogs and official website as well as products.
The catalogs I received right before holiday season were so beautiful that I photographed them (above pictures). I love their design sense that makes me excited even before opening the cover page. I also love the content of the catalog that naturally delivers the craftsmen's love and passion of their work. This is what I call professionalism. I smiled when opened the envelope to find these catalogs.
Das Stue Hotel, newly opened design hotel in Berlin, in December 2012. When I received the press release and visited their website, the first image I encountered was the gorgeous and classical look of its lobby...
A handsome hotel converted from the former textile factory in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Wood ceiling, concrete floors, pale blue graphical wallpaper, floor-to-ceiling windows, red-brick walls, subway tiles, black and white . . . every single element is simple but profound.
I know I tend to be drawn to photographs that reflect photographer's consistent style. This time it was the street photography by Simon Garnier that grabbed my heart. I love the way he depicts human in his stylish photographs. Sometime dramatic, sometime just calm and warm . . .
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