Friday, July 31, 2009
From Japan, where the traditional co-exists comfortably with the edgy comes the art of being Zakka.
According to Wikipedia, Zakka is "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane." This fashion and design phenomenon refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and outlook and touches issues of self-expression and individuality.
While in Japan recently, I spent an enjoyable afternoon in a bookstore just browsing through some Zakka books. There was a whole range of quaint little books featuring apartments of stylists, photographers, illustrators and artists from Stockholm, Paris and London.
Even though they were all in Japanese, I couldn't resist buying them after browsing. I love Zakka.