click here to maximize your minimalism!
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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
aja fusion cuisine
It's all in the details: bamboo beams on the ceiling, bamboo plants all around, dark wood
lattice-work screens to divide the room, dimly lit highly polished dark wood tables,
and raking light on the textured stone walls create a sexy atmosphere.
The Tuna Tataki was delicious. Fanned out on a glass plate with two dipping sauces.
Here is a recipe I found online, just in case you are feeling adventuresome.
You must sample the tasty dishes at Aja Sushi Bar & Cocktail Lounge
on 1st Avenue and 58th, right down the street from The Conran Shop
and the 59th Street Bridge. The 'Asian fusion' menu presents quite a pleasing variety of Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes, with plenty of delicious fish options. There is also a sushi and sashimi menu with all the favorite standards. We tried the Tuna Tataki with two dipping sauces from the Japanese side, pictured above, and the Char-Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with sake-miso glaze on a bed of greens.
The food was great, but my favorite part about this place was the decor, and in particular, the textured surfaces, the lighting, and the Buddha in the back of the dining room. I chatted with the owner a bit and he told me that the designer of the restaurant is from China. The Buddhas are from China and Thailand. The blue-lit Buddha, pictured below, is even more dramatic in person. The lighting changes very subtly from red to blue to green as you dine. There is a submerged koi pond leading up to the Buddha, which is built into the floor. You can view the colorful fish through a plexi pathway in the floor
. Quite dramatic. The surfaces are pretty great too, dimly lit at a raking angle to accentuate all the different textures. I love the stone walls. The bar has a ray skin
-like wall to imitate the handle of a samurai sword. I am a particular fan of ray skin (samekawa
in Japanese, if you want to impress your friends). The hanging lamps are also interesting with a faux-bark texture.
I would have to say that Aja is a treat for all the senses, and I would recommend it for a festive evening out. Check out their full menu
on their Website.Aja Sushi Bar & Cocktail Lounge
1068 First Avenue (at 58th St)
People have made many monetary offerings to the large Buddha from China.
The bar area is to the right, the dining area is to the left.
Anything that imitates wood gets me everytime.
I love a good faux-bois.
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