Driving a motorcycle taxi in Nairobi is a competitive business. To stand out and lure fares, the taxi riders adorn their motorbikes or scooters, known as “boda boda,” in decorative thematic designs, colors and accessories. Recently they’ve started wearing elaborate costumes to match their bikes. The practice has taken off
The Washington Post has published an “Illustrated Encyclopedia of Sleeping Positions on a Plane” on its website. The article does a good job of breaking down all the ways passengers (at least those flying in economy class) try to snooze in their seats. Each position is explained and illustrated in
An ordinary-looking fitted bed sheet is draped from a canvas leaning against a white gallery wall. It’s an artwork by the Argentinian contemporary conceptual artist Analia Saban currently on view at the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles. At first impression, from a distance, one might be thinking, “Huh?
Seeing is believing. In this case the truth is revealed by the appearance of this pair of Nike “lifestyle” performance sneakers (or trainers, as our U.K. friends might say) inspired by SpongeBob Squarepants, the American cartoon mega-hit. The shoes are pink and bubbly in design theme, a reference perhaps to
Where in the hell have these delightful Yayoi Kusama dog sculptures been hiding? Currently on view at LACMA in Los Angeles, these artworks are part of “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art,” a thematic exhibition that shows how creatures have been depicted in Japan over 17 centuries. Kusama is
There’s a certain European “interiors” publication has made a unique design for the spine of each issue of its magazine. Regular visitors to this site can probably guess the name of that magazine. It’s the Italian-Spanish design and interior decor magazine Apartamento (pictured above). It’s what was called in the
It’s an amusing conceit. In the high-ceilinged foyer of the Barney’s store in Roppongi, Tokyo, an unpotted Japanese bonsai tree hangs in space, framed by a steel cube, suspended like an organic chandelier, the tree roots naked and dangling in air. The tree being de-planted and without soil all but
In what was once an old, small two-story house next to the elevated train tracks in Tokyo’s Naka-Meguro lives Onibus Coffee. The old house has been renovated. The first floor is where they make the coffee, the second floor is small seating area. It’s a contemporary space that retains remnants