A weekly update on our favourite things we're discovering, looking at in the gallery, listening to and enjoying on the internet. This week: a new drop from SUKU Home, Taiwanese hip hop from Aristophanes 貍貓, Dick Bruna's first exhibition, styling plants with Satoshi Kawamoto and Bulgarian postage seals.
Sweet dreams are made of SUKU linen, we’re sure of it. Even more so now with the latest drop of bedding from this dreamy Melbourne label. ‘Ohayou’ combines traditional Indonesian textile traditions, beautiful dyes and minimal, pared back prints for a range that could only be conducive to the best and most stylish sleep of all time. Check out the range online and don’t sleep on the beautiful lookbook shots by fellow chill lady Charlie Brophy.
We’re kind of obsessed with this mysterious Taipei-based rapper, after Grimes revealed her as a collaborator on her burgeoning new album. A creative-writing teacher by day and smooth MC rapping about apocalypses and Chinese proverbs by night, we imagine Aristophanes 貍貓 like a babin’ hip hop superhero. Her sweet vocals fly between ominous whispers and high-pitched giggles over muddy, glitchy, industrial-esque beats. Totally addicted.
Finally, an exhibition of the work of Dick Bruna, the artist and creator of the infamous Miffy! After more than half a century of graphic design work, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam presents his work in an international art-historical context. Alongside his own book covers, posters, collages and drawings there are prints and drawings of the artists who inspired Bruna; Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Willem Sandberg, H.N. Werkman and Bart van der Leck. Naturally, Miffy is among the more than 120 items on show. What we’d give to experience Bruna’s craftsmanship, patience and skill in the flesh. Oh baby.
Japanese plant artist and creative director (and total babe, we might add) Satoshi Kawamoto offers tips for selecting and styling plants in a space for New York Times’ T Magazine. With shops in Tokyo and New York, he experiments with his own style of plants, which he describes as “more grungy and wild”. His handy hints include keeping real and staying within your limits for growth, using statement varieties, adding depth by layering and incorporating dried or decayed elements for some off-beat beauty.
Everyone’s favourite virtual museum of socialist era Bulgarian graphic desig, SOCMUS, have an amazing archive of postage seals that we stumbled across this week. The collection is full of beautiful, drool-inducing line-work and icons, and a surprising amount of smiley-face characters. It’s kind of giving us vintage emoji vibes. Can someone please remind us why our own postage seals aren’t this aesthetically pleasing? Geez…