made in japan

what it says means very little other than being curious. pattern and color are what is appeal-
ing. where was this found? one of my secret places to explore is libraries at resort hotels. it seems travelers bring their books and leave them behind. fourteen years ago, when i was first married, we traveled to bali. that was the first of five glorious trips. after the first one, i realized that when you are relaxed, you wake up early, take part in an activity—in my case a hike through the rice paddies—return for breakfast and have the whole day to read. hence my rummaging through the hotel library. (don’t worry i left fourteen books behind.) i looked at this book and fell in love with its simplicity and beauty. i have talked about my love of repetition before and i just love orange. this is the most beautiful orange. as part of this blog, i need to give this a category. it is neither typography, series, nor anything other than a book. i have lots of books. i should have a category for ‘interesting’ or ‘i just like it.’ yes, that’s it:
i just like it.

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  1. i like it too. It has a tropical feeling to it. The repeating shapes. Like some sort of palm tree branch. Simple, but it sets a mood… I have books from india like that. No real design going on. Pure function. But because of the rustic print processes or lack of a need for marketability, it simply becomes an object onto itself: a book.

    Comment by ian shimkoviak — 04/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

  2. It looks like a translation of Walpole’s ‘The Castle of Otranto’. Interesting.

    Comment by daisydaisy — 06/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

  3. So beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing

    Comment by Ana Montiel — 06/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

  4. You are the obscure ‘sourcerer’, JP!

    Comment by David Neale — 16/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

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