Giò Suspension Lamp by Angeletti Ruzza Design for Nemo-Cassina.

In preparation for the Milan Furniture Fair and Milan Design Week that is coming up in just two months’ time (which is also the 50th anniversary of the Fair), we will begin coverage on some of the pieces that will be featured at the show. The first is this Giò suspension lamp by Angeletti Ruzza design for Nemo-Cassina, part of the Poltrona Frau Group. This is just a very minimalist piece that is available in either chromed aluminium (pictured here) or smooth white matte varnish.

Available in June with a price tag of 1,275 Euros (approximately US$1,725) plus VAT.

Giò suspension lamp by Angeletti Ruzza design for nemo-cassina.

Wallpaper* launches “case studies” iPad app.

Wallpaper* magazine recently launched an iPad app with Hermès called Case Studies, which showcases imagery and video from architecture, art, design, interiors, lifestyle and fashion. You can easily create your personal library of images from Wallpaper* by saving your favorites into a special folder. Try it out and see for yourself!

wallpaper magazine ipad app.

wallpaper magazine ipad app.

Secrets of Tokyo: The East.

secrets of tokyo magazine cover.

I was at the magazine stand while passing through Tokyo, and saw this one with the cover of “Secrets of Tokyo” and started to flip through it. There was a feature on the Tokyo Sky Tree, which will become the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, and is already the tallest structure in Japan (in earthquake country no less). It is located in east Tokyo, which has gained much more attention with the building of Tokyo Sky Tree.

I walked through parts of east Tokyo just recently, and surprisingly enough the crowds of Shinjuku or Shibuya just weren’t there. It was just much more quaint, more local, more like any normal neighborhood where people knew each other. That’s just the feeling I got. I was actually searching for this cafe in Higashi-Mukojima called KOGUMA (which means cub), which was remodeled from an old drugstore from 1927. Inside you can eat, read from the cafe’s library of Japanese and some English books and just enjoy an afternoon in a quaint little street – if you can find it! A photo of my meal is below.

lunch in mukoujima, tokyo.

secrets of tokyo magazine story.

In about a week, I will attempt to find more of these hidden “secrets” in Tokyo and will report back. stay tuned.