Analogue Life - Japan

Good news for design lovers heading to Japan: one of our favorite online sources, Analogue LIfe, recently opened a small shop in a quiet Nagoya neighborhood. Owners Ian Orglas and Mitsue Iwakoshi collaborated with local designer Yoshiyuki Hibino of Beets to create a serene retail space (it's located a floor above Tsukihiso, a traditional art gallery). Their aim was to retain the traditional look and feel of the Show-era building while giving it a contemporary update. They removed the fusuma (sliding doors) and opened the space, adding a white ash wood floor to contrast with the existing dark wood. What the couple have deftly achieved is an airy space that still retains a traditional Japanese feel; it's all in keeping with their mission: to preserve traditional Japanese crafts and arts while making them culturally relevant in a modern world.

To browse the shop's wares, go to Analogue LIfe.

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Richard Long - Land Art

sculptures by artist richard long

sculptures by artist richard long

sculptures by artist richard long

sculptures by artist richard long

sculptures by artist richard long

sculptures by artist richard long

This is one of my favorite artists ....

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SILNT - Graphic Designer

Loving the work of SILNT!

Strange Sand Phenomenon

Inspired by the previous post ... the thread being sand ... this just looks too cool not to share. Enjoy!

Mac-Controlled Algorithmic Art

Mac-controlled Algorithmic art by Jean-Pierre Hebert. You can read a fascinating article on the man and his work @

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Do nothing for 2 minutes!

Breathe deeply.
Try not to multitask.
Do nothing for two minutes.
Click the following link and just listen.
It won't hurt...
It's like a speed bump on the internet.

Thanks to Robin S. for this!

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Birch Flower Shop - San Francisco

Birch is the destination flower shop in San Francisco. Owner Torryne Choate is insistent that flowers are the focus. Inspired by her love of fashion, music and art, the floral vibe in Birch is unlike any other in the city. "When I designed the shop, I knew exactly what I wanted- the paired down aesthetic and dark tones of an exclusive european boutique, with great music" says Torryne. the soundtrack at birch ranges from vintage Bowie, to Ahmad Jamal, to the Plasticines and beyond ...

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Norwegian Fireplace ... = Art

Outdoor Fireplace by Haugen/Zohar Architects in Trondheim, Norway 1
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Outdoor Fireplace by Haugen/Zohar Architects in Trondheim, Norway 2

Located in Trondheim, Norway. The Unique Outdoor Fireplace design was designed by Haugen/Zohar Architects. Given a very limited budget, reusing leftover materials (from a nearby construction site) was a starting point that led the design to be based on short wooden pieces. Inspired by the Norwegian turf huts and old log construction, a 5,2×4,5 meters wooden construction was built and mounted on a lighted and brushed concrete base. The structure is made of 80-layered circles. The circles have varied radius and relative center point in relation to each other. Every circle is made out of 28 pieces of naturally impregnated core of pine that are placed with varied spaces to assure chimney effect and natural light.

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Ubuntu Restaurant - Napa Valley

Located in Downtown Napa, California, Ubuntu Restaurant was designed by APPARATUS Architecture. Which occupies a historic 19th century stone building. The main dining room, bar, and open kitchen occupy the large volume bounded by the original exposed stone walls and timber roof trusses. A second floor mezzanine sits over the enclosed space of the prep kitchen and storage areas.

Materials were chosen for their inherent richness of color and texture, with an eye towards using recycled materials wherever possible. The flooring is a dark mix of salvaged hard woods, the tabletops are reclaimed fir from the Eastman House on the Sacramento River, and the large community table was built with solid slabs of two windfall trees from Occidental, California.

Large custom pendant lights float within the volume of the dining room, while a row of smaller glass fixtures focuses the scale and axis of the central community table.

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R/Turpan - East Hampton

If you haven't checked out their store in person ... I dare you not to be tempted by anything! They have exquisite taste and I'm excited to know there is  another location opening. For those of you who live in LA, you are lucky to have one @ the Brentwood Country Mart (26th/San Vicente).

Dice Kayek - Fashion Designer

LOOOoooooooving the simple and elegant designs of Turkish Designer Dice Kayek! If Dior was alive today ... I believe that's what he would've eventually evolved into ...

Istanbul Contrast 2010 ... better late than never!

"Located at “Hall des Maréchaux” of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the scenography of the exhibition had a prior engagement to respect the historical and prestigious nature of the setting. The scenography made a basic use of paper and light to put on stage the collection of the fashion designers Dice Kayek inspired by the multiple facets of the city of Istanbul. The major elements of the scenography were lighted walls enlighting Istanbul themed photographs by Sitki Kösemen, podiums upon which dressmaker forms and digital information panels were installed, lighted columns carrying the exhibition information and special lighting effects. Rose flavoured lokoums were served to guests and fresh tulip decorations installed to reinforce the multi-sensorial effect along with background tunes from Burhan Öcal.

Koray Ozgen designed the visual identity and scenography of the “Istanbul Contrast” exhibition which took place within in the framework of the Turkish Cultural Season in France. "

It's never too late to discover great collaborations such as ISTANBUL CONTRAST which includes some of Turky's greatest creative minds - from fashion to photography to music and so forth.

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Borne Doorstop

Loving these door stops designed by Koray Ozgen and made in France of hand-turned natural stone with a leather handle, the Borne Doorstop (13.5 centimeters tall and 10 centimeters wide) is available in Anatolian stone (gray) or in Burgundy stone (beige); from €50 at ODC.

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Capital Kitchen - Melbourne

Located on the outskirts of Melbourne, Capital Kitchen features a combination of rustic and industrial elements—with a few modern touches throughout. Designed by Australia-based Mim Design ("We were going for a modern country farmhouse feel," the designers say), the interiors feature rustic timber floors, exposed brick walls, and sleek modern Carrara counters. For more information, go to Capital Kitchen.

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