Currently reading: The Leonard Koren interview in Apartamento. Koren authored Wabi Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, a bible that celebrates inconspicuous ‘overlooked details’, as well as writing and publishing countless other books. Coincidentally, I came across Wabi Sabi in Hatchards for the first time a week ago, not knowing it was a cult book, first released in 1994. It’s a thing of beauty and hasn’t dated a bit. The images in Apartamento of Koren’s California ‘neo-modernist’ LA home are equally timeless.
Also in this issue of Apartamento is an interview with Penny Martin, editor of The Gentlewoman magazine. She recommends Katharine Graham’s autobiography, Personal History’ as an important read. Graham was the owned and publisher of The Washington Post newspaper for two decades including during the Watergate years. I now have both that and Wabi Sabi on order (yeah, the book buying ban is not going so well…).
A few days ago I received two other welcome print deliveries. Upstate Diary is a magazine I discovered on – where else? – Instagram. Kate Orne’s beautifully printed document of ‘private lives in creative landscapes’ features fascinating interviews with Joan Juliet Buck, Marilyn Minter and Glenn O’Brien (his last sitting). The design, photography, printing and paper are top notch and I love her taste in upstate creatives.
And the Japanese edition of my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is another elegant example of the beauty of a printed product. The cover features the shoes of Kate Spade’s Kristen Naiman and the hands of La Garconne’s Kris Kim, while the inside layout is slightly different to the UK edition – and of course, it’s all in Japanese. If you’re a Japanese reader coming to the blog for the first time, ありがとうございました!
WORDS AND IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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