Tag Archives: design

Cuban costume jewelry

They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s certainly the case in Cuba.  Here are some pieces of costume jewelry I found for sale around Havana last month.  Some were incorporating colorful telephone wire, others what appeared to be plastic zip ties, and the elaborate cuff bracelets were repurposed forks and spoons.  I think my millennial friends call this ...

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Bonsai Village tour outside Tokyo

About 45 minutes outside downtown Tokyo is a suburb known as Bonsai Village.  The homes here sit amongst the most beautiful bonsai gardens, both personal and retail greenhouses.   Walking the streets of Bonsai Village is an adventure.  If the garden gates of a home are open, it means visitors are welcome to stop in and look around.  Many of the ...

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I love Japan

Throughout Japan I am confronted with things that astound me either for their beauty, design, or just how different they are from Western culture.  Here are just a few examples:

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St Louis Restaurant Renaissance

I was in St. Louis last week and was delighted to see that the restaurants have grown in selection and variety tremendously since I lived there 15 years ago.  As it always was, the best restaurants are still in the Central West End and Clayton areas but restaurateurs are discovering great spaces in the downtown and midtown areas.  St. Louis always had ...

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Restaurant design notes

I’m always looking for trends, new ideas, the latest and greatest in restaurant design.  Miami restaurants are always a great source for ideas.  I saw this wall treatment in the Orange Blossom Cafe on Collins Avenue this weekend.  It’s a hand-drawn design on all the walls in the restaurant done in gold-colored felt marker!  It was gorgeous.

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