Custom parasol by Iida Umbrella Shop

Hey friends.
A few new fun finds for you today.

1) Ii-Ne-Kore

A new Melbourne-based blog with a Japanese focus, by self-confessed nipponophile Bree Claffey, who speaks/reads Japanese, studies Japanese, and posts about her favourite Japanese designers, products, food etc. Bree intends to post more on translated japanese recipes and book/magazine features, as well as Melbourne-based designy places that bring japan a little closer to home…. recent posts have focussed on some of my fave Japanese designers including Mina Perhonen and SANAA Architects

Found this magical shot on the Mina Perhonen website… do visit their website for the full length version. LOVE the handrawn stars and blotchy yellow backdrop…. stunning.

and via Ms Claffey’s special little blog I found -

2) the Iida Umbrella Shop

More umbrella-love from the Iida Umbrella Shop

A unique Japanese business, founded by young textile designer Yoshihisa Iida, who makes unique umbrellas and parasols for styling, film and stage props, or private sale. She collaborates with various brands and artists, and also hold exhibitions of her original design works.

I love that there is a little shop out there somewhere in Japan which makes nothing other than perfect umbrellas…! Gorgeousness.

3) Ee-tee’s Flickr (also via Bree’s blog)

…featuring tiny, stunning hand-cut rubber stamps, amongst other lovely, pretty things….