Colour hunting _ Autumn Garden

No more flowers in our garden. Yet it’s still full of colours.

autumn_garden1I took these photos from the balcony. The left one with sunshine in the morning and the right is with rain in the afternoon. Camera eyes are deceptive?

我が家の庭はすっかり「秋の装い」 散りゆく前の最後の宴。
同じ葉なのに・・・ カメラの目は騙されやすいようです。

autumn_garden2And I did collage on photoshop.

autumn_garden3The program called ‘color hunter‘ picks up 5 colours from the image.


And this is my translation of autumn colours from our garden.


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upper-left: on my loom, upper-right: finished fabric
lower: shawl

Cashmere, wool and silk-wool. Gorgeous touch!



Colour hunting

It’s a beautiful autumn morning. The sky is high and birds are flitting around. Wet leaves are illuminating by sun light. Everything looks beautiful. You can take photos with your digital camera but the scene would be cut off and the colours are not quite the same as you see.
Our eyes can cover the wider area still catch the details.


Recently I missed two great exhibitions about “Colours”.
One is “COLOR-HUNTING” directed by Dai Fujiwara, at 21_21 in Tokyo.

Sea, sky, trees, stars… the colors in the natural world are infinite. Exhibition director Dai Fujiwara invented “color-hunting,” a design method of simple curiosity and powerful action. Design that starts from color is a journey into creativity and ideas with greater freedom and excitement.

That’s a great idea to collect everyday colour. To transform the colour I see or I want onto the canvas is an exciting, and sometimes challenging task. Today’s colour is…

The other one is “emmanuelle moureaux creates a floating volume of 100 colors“.

’100 colors’–whose title indicates the number of hues the designer has integrated into the work–features more than 840 sheets of paper that are suspended from the ceiling, creating a volume of rainbow colors that float in the air.

Please visit the linked site. Looks incredible.


海、空、星、植物……。自然界には、無限の色が存在します。その一方で、人間がつくりあげたもの—-大量生産品からコンピュータの画面上に展 開するバーチャルなイメージまで、それらの色の多くは既成の色見本や色彩理論をもとに作られています。私たちの生活は膨大な数の色のバリエーションで、自 然の中の色彩体系とは別世界のようです。
自然や都市に存在する現実の色を、自ら水彩絵具を調 合してその場で紙片に写し取っていく行為は、文字通り色の採取(カラーハンティング)です。そうして採取した、色からはじめるデザインは、ものづくりのプ ロセスに関わる人々や使い手に色の意味や物語を伝え、豊かな色彩環境を広げることでしょう。



Torno in Como, Italy

A short holiday in Torno, Como Italy

torno garally1A nice gallery with local designers & makers

torno garally2At the back of the gallery, there is a gallery owner’s “cave”, pub

tornoNarrow and steep hills everywhere
This is how to get the main road. It’s not a film scene!
But just authorized cars can do this. You have to WALK.

mercatoHuge mercato in Como.
This is a great example of “sustainability”, local, seasonal, no plastic packaging tray,,,,

volta museumBeautiful pattern on Volta Museum floor.
*Volta: known for the inventor of the battery

lightjunction II

Some more interesting lights at lightjuction.

LZF – Wood touched by Light –


foldabilityThis year many lighting design companies showed their products.
Unconventional materials, new technologies, unique ideas brought very intriguing new style of ‘lights’. I saw full swing of ‘creativity’.

My lights could be a part of it. Wish my lights could light up some special space, like a suite of rooms in Hotel Lungarno.

Experience beauty, passion, attention to detail, and sumptuous handcrafted materials.

A beautiful selection of classic and contemporary solutions to cater to the individuality of each traveler.

A small object can give you a big pleasure.