I met Shoji Morinaga at the For Stockists show in Tokyo. A wood-worker and wood-turner he used to make furniture for Landscape Products at their small factory in Kagoshima.
Now he has his own beautiful little store selling his work and a range of other things including jewelery from Source (designs from Shinji Sugiyama, Margeret Solow, Lena Skadegard and others).
A range of his turned wood bowls will be available at OK over the holidays (I have so few so they will be in-store only, not on the web, but feel free to contact us). I met them through Keiko and Taku from Tortoise so they will be available at their store in Venice as well. Contact them at www.tortoiselife.com
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Well, it finally happened. After a lot of looking and a lot of agony, i bought the McAlmon Residence designed by Rudolph Schindler in 1935
Here are some of the original Julius Schulman photos of the house.
It's in really great shape but will need a little bit of work before its really ready. Will be posting new photos of the house as well as documenting the work here.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Practical and bulletproof these oldfashioned bikes are performing important function in hip and high-tech tokyo.
The orange one belongs to the postal service. The other is one of legions at the Tsukiji, the world's largest fish market which is for now in the middle of Tokyo.
Both have rod brakes. The Tsukiji bikes are often as shown here with leather saddles and wooden crates attached to the rear with used inner tubes.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Another small store in Japan. Samulo in Kagoshima. Beautifully displayed antiques and jewelery.
Apparently very little foot traffic, so the owner spends his day moving things around, listening to some kind of abstract Japanese movement and doing ikebana.
Open six days a week.