Posts Tagged ‘Japanese’

Paumes Books

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

I love to get a peek into people’s homes and rooms to see how they live and what they love. Paumes is a small, family run publishing company in Japan that produces these beautiful collections of books featuring artists’ studios and living spaces.

Even if you can’t read Japanese, these pictures will inspire you as you daydream about your own living space. It’s great to see how people go about organizing and decorating their spaces. Their colour and furniture choices, a peek into their personality. This is 100x greater than browsing the IKEA catalogue…(and I know that’s quite a thrill for some people already)

I ordered a few books for my sister from their website a while ago and they were extremely kind and helpful in our correspondence.

Recently I saw them again at Kinokuniya Bookstore in San Francisco (which is a great source of all sorts of Japanese books and things!) Sorry Canadians, there only seems to be one Kinokuniya in Calgary. If anyone spots any Paumes books in Toronto, please let me know!

MUJI

Monday, March 29th, 2010

I have been fortunate enough to live in Japan for a little while. And if there’s something that the Japanese do well besides technology, it’s aesthetics and design.

MUJI has everything. Their philosophy is simplicity that focuses on functional design, infusing a complexity that transcends on a global scale. You can read about their history on their website but there’s also this beautiful book by Chen Jiaojiao about the MUJI brand.

MUJI has really gained momentum over the last few years overseas with stores opening in the States, the UK, Europe, and other parts of Asia. I think the Japanese realized they couldn’t keep such a good thing to themselves for that much longer!

~yy

P.S. I stocked up on their pens that 4 years after, I’m still trying to get through them!

MUJI book

MUJI coloured pencils: $24.95US

City in a bag (New York): $14US

Cardboard speakers (Kraft): $38US

Aluminum Low Table Wagon – Small: $111.50US