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Friday, April 16, 2010

Meeting Miki

Basic & Fun! by Miki Usui

Perhaps one of the best parts of blogging is meeting people you may otherwise have never known. Such is the case with Miki Usui. I first met her online via Twitter. Then we got a chance to meet in person in San Francisco. Below is little bit of information about her.

Editor for books and magazines. After graduating from university, I began working for a publish company. Since then, I´ve edited various magazines, such as `weeklyPIA´ (Tokyocityguide), `Shufunotomo´ (lifestyle), `ef´ (fashion), `PLUS1LIVING´ (interior decoration) and as editor in chief for `zakka catalogue´ (life style and design). I´ve also edited a wide range of books in the lifestyle field on cooking, Interior decoration, antiques , handmade, postcard etc. I now live in San Fransisco.

Image from Basic & Fun!

We met at Blue Bottle Coffee (image above) which is also mentioned in 'Basic & Fun!'. Her book is all about items she discovered and liked while living in San Francisco. Miki pointed out that she writes about American items that she likes from a Japanese perspective and I do the opposite. When you think about that, it is interesting to see what aesthetically appeals to someone from another country.

Below are couple of images from Basic & Fun.

You can find more photos of American zakka over at Miki's site, Zakka News. I hope you'll get a chance to check it out.


ILikePaperCutting said...

interesting post on zakka designer.

Tien said...

You are so fortunate to have opportunities to meet and talk with people like Miki Usui. I definitely want to see her book now, so it's going on my list. Thanks for sharing your time together!

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