Haruki Murakami

“I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.”

What a great interview this was: The Paris ReviewHaruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182 .

 

I love street art

There’s something about street art that really appeals — I particularly like those that integrate objects from the surrounding environment. Street Art Utopia has posted a great selection of street art from this year. Here are a few of of my favourites.

Riddle

Riddle Magazine hanger, white or black lacquered wood profiles with inside steel profiles for wall fixing. Wooden balls with rubber rings on polyester strings. A joy for the eyes by Isaac Chen.

Eat me

This yummy looking giant waffle book cover certainly got my attention. Although it’s not eatable (unfortunately!), it does contain all the things (art, design, product, packaging, nuts etc) that relate to something eatable. A foodie’s handbook designed by viction:ary.

Via: the dieline

Urban geodes

A fantastic urban art hack from graphic designer and artist Paige Smith — using origami she creates “geodes” in nooks and crannies around Los Angeles. If you’re in LA, see her website for a map of where the geodes can be found.

Via Job’s Wife

Acutor Pencil Sharpener

There is something ceremonial about this pencil sharpener. Through the science flask, the ordinary sawdust for once becomes the subject of viewing. The manual movement of pencil sharpening becomes a ritual, a nostalgic act that ties to our pre-digital age. An A’ Design Awards winner by Jaeryoung Lee. Heart it!

Via: Web Urbanist

Two videos

Masaya Sugimura captures the rhythm of life in Tokyo perfectly

And one of Vimeo’s best contributors, Vitùc, captures the best of life’s small pleasures

Not your average family portraits

Photographer Jason Lee takes these awesome photos of his kids, and they look like the happiest kids in the world. These are all the more special because the inspiration was to share photos of his kids growing up with his mother who had cancer.

Via Moiety

Vegetabrella

There are a thousand crazy umbrella designs in the world, but this by Yurie Mano for h concept is one of the best I’ve seen. A perfect present for your favourite foodie?

Via Spoon & Tamago

The Hidden Treasures

Nobody can resist the temptation of having a little secret. Especially that’s something sits elegantly in your living room. Beautifully crafted Clopen and Catchbowl shelfs designed by Torafu Architects are dedicated to all your hidden treasures and visual pleasure.

Via: Dezeen