Associate Editor Miyoko Ohtake: For the past few months, I’ve been in a Japan state of mind. This December, my sister and I are heading to the archipelago of our ancestors—our father’s grandparents came from Japan to North American in the early 1900s. We’ve been busy doing what my colleague Aaron Britt has dubbed “Japlanning”: Japan-trip planning. On our itinerary thus far includes tasting beer in Sapporo, visiting relatives in Tokyo, and staying in a ryokan or two in Kyoto. Here’s what I’ve been eyeing in preparation for take off.
- When we go out to eat, the environs are are often as much of a consideration as the food—if we just wanted to satisfy our hunger we'd eat a sandwich standing up at the kitchen counter.
For a traveling exhibition that kicked off last year at Connecticut’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, curators Jessica Hough and Mónica Ramírez-Montagut sought out artistic responses to modern architecture. Utopian, dystopian, abstract, surreal: The paintings, sculptures, collages, and videos on display in the show’s catalog prove that the buildings of the classic modern period, epitomized by Philip Johnson’s Glass House, were inspiring in more contexts than just architecture schools.
Here's the gigantic splurge of the bunch; a compact, stylish bar from the Scandinavian designer Gesa Hansen, who bases her company and atelier, The Hansen Family, in Germany. But no matter—look at this thing! It's a hand-crafted solid oak trunk that opens to reveal a home bar, inspired by 19th century traveling trunks.