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War is over, if you want it

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Trends on Thursday 13 November 2008

I was one of the lucky thousands who got hold of this spoof New York Times yesterday morning near Penn Station. I had just finished breakfast at a restaurant with a friend, and for a second I totally believed war had ended wthin those few hours when I was not listening to NPR. It turns […]

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WOW WOW WOW, a knit animation!

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By Yuko Shimizu in Video on Thursday 13 November 2008

Some years ago, Michel Gondry’s lego animation for the White Stripes video made my jaw drop. This one drops my jaw just the same, if not more. Amazing.

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W stickers on the Upper West Side

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Saturday 1 November 2008

I saw these W faces stuck onto the movie poster of W on the Upper West Side of New York. They’re so cool looking, I just had to take a photo.

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The Chanel UFO Pod

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By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Travel on Tuesday 28 October 2008

Whether you like Chanel or not, it’s worth checking out this UFO-like pod, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, appearing in the middle of Central Park which is surrounded by red and orange foliage, and contains a series of work around the theme of ‘Chanel bag’.

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Design Within Reach

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Tuesday 28 October 2008

Marcos Chin and I share a studio and we are loving the Cubits and Cubitec shelving system from Design Within Reach, which we first saw at Mirko Ilic’s studio and then had to buy them ourselves. It’s smart, light and can be custom built to the shape you like. The vivid colours make our workspace […]

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Obama’s loss traced to Yuko Shimizu

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By Yuko Shimizu in Video on Tuesday 28 October 2008

My friend and artist Emily Gearhart just sent me this video. It’s probably the funniest video I have ever seen. Oh, what a great way to remind your friends to vote. You can customise it with your friend’s name and then send it out them. Fun, fun, fun.

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Ashe of Time Redux

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Film on Thursday 9 October 2008

I spent last weekend at the New York Film Festival watching director Wong Ka-Wai’s inspiring lecture and premier of Ashes Of Time Redux, the remastered, re-edited, re-scored 1994 Hong Kong classic. It was just drop-dead gorgeous and painfully beautiful. Words fail me. Wong Ka-Wai is just pure genius. It opens Friday in New York City. […]

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Need a present for a design geek?

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Wednesday 8 October 2008

I often do. And whenever I get stuck for ideas, I go to Charles & Marie. They always have the latest design-y gift ideas. Today, for instance, I fetched this new product, Tengu for my agent’s birthday. It’s a little USB toy lip that syncs with music. So cute.

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Sarah Silverman’s take on the US election

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By Yuko Shimizu in Video on Monday 6 October 2008

I love Sarah Silverman’s borderline offensive dark and bold sense of humour. Marcos Chin sent me this short video on The Geat Schlep site, which makes me want to vote and convince my grandma to vote too. Well, I am not Jewish, not a US citizen, and my grandma is not in Florida. But at […]

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Going green (or orange and black) with coffin couches

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Eco on Thursday 2 October 2008

Is it green? Is it funny? Is it Halloween? Or is it just a bad luck? I actually think they are super smart and stylish, and would not mind getting one of these beautiful couches next time I move to a new apartment. They are made of recycled (but unused) coffins, after all. Fantastic.

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Melvin Sokolsky: old is the new new

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Photography on Wednesday 1 October 2008

Fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky’s works from 1960s are still fresh, timeless and so inspiring. Or should I say that they look newer than what’s out there in fashion photography world now? Ah, the world before Photoshop.

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Tin Salamunic’s sketchbook

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Illustration on Tuesday 30 September 2008

People tend to think we illustrators carry around our sketchbooks everywhere. A confession: I don’t. That is one of the reason why I love looking at other illustrator’s sketchbooks. Virginia-based Tin Salamunic’s sketchbook tells me a bit about an everyday life in Richmond. And his obsession for cars.

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Grom: real Italian gelato in New York

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By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Travel on Tuesday 2 September 2008

Passionate about gelato? The second best to going to Italy is going to Grom. More than $4 for a small cup? A long line? It’s so worth it, trust me. They opened a store in ice cream battleground, the West Village, but my choice is the more quiet and chilled Upper West Side store. A […]

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Gelateria Nico, Venice

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By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Travel on Monday 1 September 2008

I just came back from teaching a week-long illustration workshop in Venice, Italy. After finish up the class each evening, the students and I often ran to our favourite gelateria in town, Nico.

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Panda 2008

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By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Websites on Monday 1 September 2008

My friend and fine artist Sara Wolfe sent me this link of Chicago based artist Diego Leclery. He created this flash animation Panda, to celebrate the recent Beijing Olympics. He initially said he would take it down after the closing ceremony, but it is still up, so watch this cool one before it’s gone!

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