See/Saw

A new book finds a common thread in 5,000 years of Japanese art

A concise book comparing contemporary Japanese art to renowned classics, “See/Saw: Connections Between Japanese Art Then and Now” guides readers through 5,000 years of art by showing how it shares one common trait—”the new is old, or the old is new.” Authors Ivan Vartanian and Kyoko Wada acknowledge that at first their pairings “may be jarring,” but maintain that despite the West’s moderate influence, typically …

Moon Bowls

An interactive cup that makes drinking sake even more heavenly

Designed specifically for the opaque liquids of unfiltered sake or Korean rice wine, these new Moon Bowls put a cleverly beautiful spin on sipping your beverage. The cups are designed with a small crescent-shaped shelf inside. Filling the glass starts you off with a full moon but—providing you sip and don’t chug the milky potable—the liquid contents wane down to a crescent sliver. The glowing …

Master-Piece Spring/Summer 2011

Three new subtly-detailed backpacks for trips around town and beyond

For an impromptu weekend trip or to get your Spring bag game tight early, Japanese label Master-piece’s latest collection includes a handful of backpacks that add under-the-radar styling and surprising details. The Over V4 Tyrol (starting at £180) keeps it classic with blue canvas, tan suede and a subtle Navajo-print stripe accent that suggests a family trip to Yosemite in the ’80s. A new take …