Googie

I finally have the name to associate with a type of old-school diner/coffee shop I love so much: googie (here are some photos). I came across it while reading an article in a recent issue of Monocle (the October 2018 issue, which I hadn’t finished reading). Although it’s a disappearing genre, there’s a bright spot […]

The Japanese House

There’s a show on at the Barbican right now entitled “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945.” What especially grabbed my attention when I saw mention of it — it’s featured in this Monocle radio show — is that it apparently includes a full-scale recreation of Ryue Nishizawa‘s Moriyama House (pictured), which just so […]

Where They Create: Japan

A new book to lust over, Where They Create: Japan is a collection of what looks like fantastic photo shoots of creative spaces by photographer Paul Barbera. You get a peek inside the studios and work spaces of creatives like Anrealage, Kengo Kuma, Wonderwall, Nendo, Tadao Ando, Tokujin Yoshioka, and Toyo Ito. You can order it here — […]

Tokyo’s Cignale Enoteca Tops Monocle’s Restaurant Awards

Monocle’s latest “Restaurant Awards” are included in issue 4 of The Escapist (currently in shops), and it’s again topped by a Tokyo restaurant, this time the beautifully cozy Cignale Enoteca. Watch this video to have a better look at the place, as well as an interview with the chef/owner (it’s the 3rd restaurant featured in […]

Ametora

W. David Marx’s upcoming book on the popularity of the American Ivy League fashion style in Japan in the 60s, Ametora (short for “American Traditional”), comes out on December 1, and you can pre-order it from Amazon. This is a project that David has been slowly cooking – let’s call it a crock-pot of a project […]