Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Paumes I Love You

I came across these books on my first trip to Tokyo a few years ago. Unassuming, their brightly coloured spines and small shape caught my eye...then I opened one.

Despite the fact that each book is entirely in Japanese, these books have provided enormous inspiration. Each title focuses on a different form of interior designs: children's room, gardens, shops in France or UK, artists studios, small living spaces, kitchens on and on. The images are like a jumble of snapshot, each one revealing a charming detail or flash of colour.

I've noticed I'm not alone in my admiration; Loobylu (, The Lark - you can buy some there ( and Yarnstorm ( are all fans.

Ahh Paumes.

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Some Books I've Really Enjoyed

  • Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion
  • The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder

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