Winter 2020

It's not Christmas yet, but I'm definitely getting into the vibe! I loved doing all the details on the books, and adding little things that I personally love.⁣ I also wanted to honor some amazing people from the design world that died this year.

1. Milton Glaser. There's his concept sketch that he made of the I love NY logo while he was in the back of a cab in 1976. 2. Enzo Mari. You can find his 'La Pera' pear print in the mirror, plus one of his Lucite cubes on the shelves. 3. A Christo book (artists), and Kenzo (fashion designer) bok.

You might recognize some books too. Herman miller‘s ‘A way of living’, or Apartamento’s ‘All the stuff we cooked’.⁣.

Available on print > here







Le Corbusier & Richard Neutra
A homage to the iconic architect, painter, interior designer and writer, Le Corbusier. (1887-1965) and Richard Neutra (1892-1970) In the image: Le Corbusier’s 1952 Apartment No50 in Marseille, France, ‘Lampe de Marseille’, by Le Corbusier, the Kambara House In Neutra's Silver Lake Colon,designed by Richard Neutra in 1960.

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.‘  (Le Corbusier)









Frank Lloyd Wright 

A homage to the iconic architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) Frank Lloyd Wright called architecture "the mother art," explaining:  ‘Without an architecture of our own, we have no soul of our own civilization.’ (Frank Lloyd Wright)








Sentō
From: ‘Japan’s cultural mystery of humanness’

Sentō are public bathhouses that customers pay to use. Japan has a rich culture of bathing, both Sentō and Onsen (hot springs) are very common. The history of bathing in Japan dates back to the Edo period (1603–1868) Mixed bathing with men and women sharing the same bath was commonplace in Edo period bathhouses and considered completely natural at the time. From the outset, the custom was believed to not only wash the body but also cleanse the soul and improve one’s health. That understanding continues in present-day Japan.
In Tokyo alone there are about 750 sentō. These sentō have changing rooms with high latticed ceilings, small courtyard gardens, and large murals painted above the baths. The murals often depict Mount Fuji. Bathers soaking under the paintings are made to feel like they are in the waters around the mountain, purifying their bodies as in some ancient ritual.

The number of sentō in Japan is declining because more homes are equipped with baths. However, enhanced versions of bathhouses, known as “super sentō,” have been growing in popularity. Super Sento offers spa baths, onsens, different kinds of bathtubs, as well as saunas.




Tea Ceremony
From: ‘Japan’s cultural mystery of humanness’


A ceremonial and choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha. The ceremony is to form a bond between host and guest that demonstrates the spirit of generosity and respect. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guest's viewpoint. The Japanese tea ceremony is a long-standing tradition. Its initial use was for religious rituals in Buddhist monasteries going on to become a status symbol for the well-off and military officials. Over the years, tea drinking has been extended to different levels.







Egg of the sun
From: ‘Japan’s cultural mystery of humanness’

Japan has a culture of gift-giving. Gifts are presented not only on special occasions but as part of the tradition to show appreciation, extend courtesy and build relationships.

Fruit is considered a luxury item and plays an important part in Japan's extensive gift-giving practices. Whereas in many Western cultures fruit is prized for their nutritional value, the Japanese see fruit in almost spiritual terms.

For this reason, high-end fruit has come to be viewed as an important symbol of respect. Even the fruit you see every day in convenience stores is far from cheap, and misshapen produce is kept off the shelves. But these gift fruits are in an entirely different league. There are entire luxury grocer's dedicated to gift fruit, the most famous of which is Senbikiya. From heart-shaped or square watermelons to "Ruby Roman" grapes, which are the size of a ping pong ball. Expensive, carefully-cultivated fruit, however, is not unique to these stores. Across Japan, such products regularly sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. In 2016, a pair of premium Hokkaido cantaloupe sold for a record $27,240 (3 million yen).

Mangoes sold under the Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) label are selected under strict criteria including weight and sugar content.




Eggmachine
From: ‘Japan’s cultural mystery of humanness’

Japan has the highest per capita rate of vending machines in the world. There is approximately 1 vending machine per every 23 people, according to the Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association.You can buy just about anything from vending machines, from umbrella’s to underwear, camera’s, pornographic magazines, flowers and eggs. Obligation and ritual still play a big role in social encounters in Japan. At work, at home, at the store. For generations, small neighborhood shops thrived because they provided a sense of intimacy and trust. Vending machines let you avoid social requirements.

But why are there so many in Japan?


High population density in the cities and high real-estate prices make companies put more vending machines on the streets instead of opening up a retail store. Also, there’s an exceptionally low crime rate. According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, vending machines are “seldom broken or stolen,” despite having tens of thousands yen inside and being frequently housed in dark alleyways or uncrowded streets. Another reason for this abundance is the heavy reliance on cash and their love for technology.  

> Business Insider





Kodokushi 2017
Kodokushi or lonely death refers to a Japanese phenomenon of people dying alone and remaining undiscovered for a long period of time. The phenomenon was first described in the 1980s. Kodokushi has become an increasing problem in Japan, attributed to economic troubles and Japan's increasingly elderly population. >

Kodokushi is a growing problem in Japan, where 27.7 per cent of the population is aged over 65 and many people are giving up trying to find partners in middle age, opting instead for a solitary existence. Experts say a combination of uniquely Japanese cultural, social and demographic factors have compounded the problem. There are no official figures for the number of people dying alone who stay unnoticed for days and weeks but most experts estimate it at 30,000 per year. Yoshinori Ishimi, who runs the Anshin Net service that cleans up afterwards, believes the true figure is “twice or three times that”. > Scmp

Kodokushi has become a household word. In Tokyo alone, 4,777 people died this way in 2017, according to Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health. More than half were men, and the vast majority were older than 60. Gruesomely, roughly a third died two to three days before the body was found – and almost 10% of bodies lay there for more than a month. >









Gio Ponti 2017

The illustration is inspired by Villa Planchart. A house for Anala and Armando Planchart in Caracas, Venezuela (1955). Designed by architect Gio Ponti.During his career, which spanned six decades, Ponti built more than a hundred buildings in Italy and in the rest of the world.