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Sushi Isono (Sapporo) by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sushi Isono by Jun Igarashi Architects

Designed by Japanese firm Jun Igarashi Architects, Sushi Isono is an quietly elegant restaurant located in the Odori Park neighborhood of Sapporo, Japan.

The restaurant is arranged into multiple spaces, each offering a special ambiance, from private dining areas, to counter seats perfect for engaging with the chef. Thoughtfully placed arches and architectural features allow for harmony and flow throughout the interior, while maintaining privacy for patrons. Heavy use of light wood paneling, accompanied by minimal decoration and a contrast of wood and concrete flooring, make for the perfect, non-flashy palette to present Isono Naohiro’s highly-regarded cuisine.

More at: Jun Igarashi Architects
Photos: Jun Igarashi Architects

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide ’15

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

1. Playtype Notepad, $9; 2. Playsam Mefistofel Racer, $60; 3. Rok Manual Espresso Maker, $200; 4. Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique, $285; 5. The School of Life Memento Mori Glass Paperweight, $40

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

6. Far North Gustaf Navy Strength Gin, $50; 7. Magnus Nilsson: The Nordic Cookbook, $32; 8. Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, vinyl, $24; 9. Bella Freud 1970 Candle, $70; 10. Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils, 12 pack, $22

Ceramic Collection by Vipp

Ceramics by Vipp

Ceramics by Vipp

Designed with brunch in mind, the latest addition to Vipp’s ever expanding line of products is their first collection of ceramic goods. In collaboration with Danish ceramicist Annemette Kissow, the seven piece collection features soft curves parallel to strong architectural lines. Each hand-cast piece goes through a process that leaves the inside glazed and the outside a perfectly matte white or grey.

Available at: Vipp

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

2015 Valentine Gift Guide

Sure, Valentine’s Day is a consumerism-based spectacle that we should all forfeit, but in lieu of disposable, heart-shaped drugstore purchases, a thoughtful gift: be it a lavish candle or a simple home-cooked dinner, should be met with welcome by any lover (or your loveless self).

Here are some ideas that will not disappoint; and if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, head over to Saveur for a great guide to Valentine’s Day cooking, from breakfast in bed to romantic cocktails.

As for flowers, we’ll talk about that tomorrow . . . 

1. Eating with the Chefs, $60; 2. Nikka Whisky, $40; 3. Fred’s Peppered Peanuts, $38;
4. Japanese Folding Knife, $28; 5. Balmain Silk Hair Perfume, $40; 6. Rodin Lip Balm, $34;
7. Byredo Loveless Candle, $80

Einstök Ölgerð




Einstök Ölgerð (brewery) is located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. Specializing in traditional and craft ales, the name “Einstök” is the Icelandic word for “unique.”

With brewmaster Baldur Karason at the helm of production, the brewery’s output ranges from specific seasonal ales (think Arctic Berry, brewed with bilberries), to their standard lineup that includes Icelandic White Ale: a classic witbier with orange peel and coriander, Toasted Porter: a medium-bodied malty brew with notes of toffee and dark chocolate, and Icelandic Pale Ale: a clean brew with robust hoppiness. All of Einstök’s beer begins with a foundation of pure water that flows from prehistoric glaciers down Hlíðarfjall Mountain, then through ancient lava fields.

Einstök’s brews rate very well on Beeradvocate, and are surely worth trying if you’ve not already been sold by the handsome label.

More at: Einstök

Six Picks: The Pepper Grinder

Salt and Pepper Grinders

Thought to be invented by Peugeot in 1842 (the French company was manufacturing metal tools before the cars we know today), the handheld pepper grinder has had many incarnations; from the giant thing over your shoulder at an Italian restaurant, to the battery powered device in your gourmand relative’s cupboard, it hasn’t always been pretty. These days, the pepper mill has made its way into almost every household, not only for pepper, but for salt and spices. While the classic Peugeot will always be in style, and you can’t deny the beauty of a vintage Jens Quistgaard for Dansk teak grinder, here is a selection of modernized grinders that bring smart design to the dining table (and a set of laboratory-style shakers, for good measure).

1. Norway Says for Muuto, $62; 2. Par Cork Shakers Set by Nendo for Materia, $50; 3. Tower Grinders by Tom Dixon, $85, $75; 4. Menu Grinder Set by Norm Copenhagen $62; 5. Ori by Hay, $35; 6. Graph by Jens Fager for Petite Friture, $82

Photography by Lena C. Emery

Over the past few years, we’ve seen some amazing, though often repetitious hyperrealistic art that deceives the viewer into believing they’re looking at a photograph; Lena Emery is a photographer that, to some degree, works in the opposite direction. Emery’s work spans several fields of photography; from fashion to product-shots, she has a quietly captivating style, but it is her collection of food still lifes for London’s Black Isle Bakery that is especially remarkable; the careful compositions and color choices make for a “that-can’t-be-real” effect that avoids the novelty art category.

More at: Lena C. Emery

Kitchen Tools by FD Style

No kitchen is complete without a set of matching, perfectly-designed, useful tools; this collection designed by Hagino Mitsunobu, FD Style, is just that.

The ergonomically correct, stainless steel tools are coated in rustproof fluorine resin, leaving them with a durable matte finish. The line includes graters, peelers, a sturdy and multi-tasking corkscrew, an upgrade to the oh-so-simple can opener, and perhaps the most elegantly minimal bottle opener you can get your hands on.

From $36, available online at Rikumo

Design Classic: Coffee Syphon by Hario

The Japanese company Hario, known as the King of Glass, and founded in 1921, makes one of the most striking, practical devices you can have in your kitchen. The Coffee Syphon, a double-chambered coffee maker, whereby vapor pressure and vacuum are responsible for the process, produces a smooth, clean brew, allowing you to taste the nuanced flavor profile of your favorite coffees. The build, lending itself to temperature precision, efficiency, and stability, allows for the retention of flavors often lost or bittered by incorrect temperature or timing.

Long prized by connoisseurs, the vacuum-style coffee brewer was first introduced in the 1830s, by Loeff Berlin. The Japanese, with their dedication to highest-caliber coffee making (a country that imports more than 930 million pounds of coffee each year) have mastered the workmanship and quality that set the standard for this type of device.

It may require a little work to master the technique, but the theatrical experience of liquid defying gravity, in a device that looks like it belongs in a laboratory, and the beautifully crisp brew results are the payoff.

Starting at around $100, link to purchase at Hario

Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

Both sleek and utilitarian, these simply designed metal and wood salt and pepper shakers are handmade by Seattle-based Ladies and Gentleman Studio. The untreated copper or brass body, if left unpolished, will become patinated with time.

Available at Ladies and Gentleman, $60/pair

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