Monday, June 1

A Yen For Yurio.

I was recently seeking out inspiration for the blog redesign (it is coming soon, I swear! Perhaps another couple of weeks and we'll be launching!) so I headed over to the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Japantown. I discovered a great book about Yurio Seki, a Japanese graphic design who draws mellow, brightly colored designs, and whose portfolio of work includes everything from magazine art direction to bookbinding and package design. In 2001 Yurio launched her own brand in Japan, Salvia, which carries her textile, apparel and interior accessories, and book designs.

Update: Thanks to reader Yuko for finding this working website for Salvia. This books covers Yurio's designs, career and portfolio of beautiful and really inspiring work, and is simply called Yurio Seki Japanese Graphic Designer, and you can find it here at Pie Books, but here's a little peek.










14 comments:

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

I love most things Japanese. They are so unusual, graphic and original in their designs. Fun pics!

Kristin said...

Looks like a gorgeous book and gorgeous designs!

Laura. said...

this is absolutely gorgeous and inspiring, thank you for sharing! i want my own copy!

Lucy C said...

All of the photos look georgous, but I particularly like the colours she's used on the front page.

TheDecoDetective said...

I love picture no 2, it's such a gorgeous colour... But the book looks delightful, I'm going to have to contain myself here (I've actually discovered that it's possible to have too many gorgeous books when you live in a tiny two-room apartment)!
Thanks for sharing anyway; I agree with Laura that it looks very inspiring.
Trudi

Teri said...

Oh I love Japantown! I was planning to go this upcoming weekend, I may have to look for this book now! Beautiful colors... I love collecting books like this. So relaxing to just look through. Thanks!

cottoncolors said...

What beautiful designs! She has a wonderful talent!

Vicki Dvorak said...

Love these photos, Victoria. I can see how they would inspire a great look for your new blog design. I can't wait to see it! :)

Char said...

what a beautiful find

mrs boo radley said...

Drooling uncontrollably...

This is all so lovely.

Lisa said...

Ahhh, what a lovely tome! A perfect sweet confection to peruse while I sip my morning tea! Grazie!

Jim said...

I love that bookstore. I think especially because it is in the weird shopping plaza which at first glance I think might be going out of business and then suddenly it is full-to-the brim with japanese families out for sunday brunch.

That shot of the soap and the girl with soapy hands is pretty amazing. Sweet and cute yet spare. American publishing jams in everything and the kitchen sink but the Japanese seem to have found a place for "empty" yet complete imagery.

yuko said...

Me too I love his graphic design! Here's his web site of salvia. It's in Japanese though...
http://www.salvia.jp/

You can find some of his products and magazine.

sfgirlbybay said...

thank you for the link yuko!!