Inspired Living: Ryuichi Sakamoto


 All photos by Mariko Reed

All photos by Mariko Reed

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s house in Honolulu is on the market!  Ryuichi is loved by many for many reasons.  I love his time in the Yellow Magic Orchestra.  YMO made awesome and challenging music in the late 70s and 80s.

Sakamoto home Honolulu, photo Mariko Reed. Bodenner Collection 2
Sakamoto home Honolulu, photo Mariko Reed. Bodenner Collection 3

The place is built by Sid Snyder of Ossipoff Snyder Architects Inc.  When I learned about Ossipoff’s work at the Honolulu Academy they said his office often refused clients who insisted on air conditioning and things they thought didn’t make sense in the paradise of Honolulu.  I also heard they’d work hard to make inexpensive houses out simple materials.  Most of these houses are now gone, sadly.  
 I just can’t stop looking at pics of this one by Mariko Reed.
If only Ryuichi would accept a lot of Moiré in trade.

Sakamoto home Honolulu, photo Mariko Reed. Bodenner Collection 4
Sakamoto home Honolulu, photo Mariko Reed. Bodenner Collection 5
Sakamoto home Honolulu, photo Mariko Reed. Bodenner Collection 6
Sakamoto home Honolulu, photo Mariko Reed. Bodenner Collection 7

Thank you Becky for telling me about this.

I'm at auction therefor I am: Fantastic Voyage!

I'm so thrilled to have found one of my very first industrial fabrics up for auction at Rago.  And to be on these Saarinen chairs.  While working at a truly fantastic German mill I made a fabric based on Fantastic Voyage.  Then it sold to Knoll!  It is hard to see, but inside of the ovals there is a thick cotton deflecting thread.

Precious Plastics


Dave Hakkens has created Precious Plastics, a system for chopping up, heating and forming post consumer plastics.  Like an exceptional citizen of the world he has made the plans available on line, and has tutorials aplenty.  He really wants small localized recycling to form and gain momentum.  Here is his tutorial on making planks and rods:

Turns out he's the guy behind Phoneblocks too!

Thank you Jesse for the tip.

It's Science! Nasa's Programmed Fabric

Nasa is developing 3-D printed fabrics that combine not only the functionality of the materials they are made of, but also their structural function.


Fabrics could be made in space to fit jobs managing heat absorption or deflection, tensile strength, meteorite deflection.  They could be made of new material or even recycle material that is at hand.

Maybe this technology can realize this vision of the future:

Thank you BoingBoing where I get about 35% of my information.

It's Science! Origamizer

Nova, the PBS show, has just made a show on folding that I can't stop talking about. 

Their decription: The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.”

Here is the episode link.  I really like paper folding.