Our home in Brooklyn was recently featured in the December issue of Nice Things magazine, a Japanese lifestyle publication that is quickly becoming a favourite. Opening our home up was a new experience. People always ask us what our place is like and although we speak about it, we rarely reveal anything in photos. The number one question we get is “Does your home look like the store”? I used to think it was more eclectic than the store, but as time goes on the answer is slowly becoming a firm “Yes”.
This was a fun feature because we had the pleasure of being interviewed by Aya Nihei and photographed by Yuki Matsumura, who have both become close to us over the years. Aya actually works with us on a daily basis so having them over was like any other afternoon with good friends. The only difference this time is that we got a chance to showcase some of our ‘nice things’. For me that includes my signed first edition Patti Smith books that I’ve collected from Mast Books. Steve’s pick was a series of sculptures I’ve made him throughout our relationship. Together we’ve added furniture, objects and artwork to all the corners of our home, slowly transforming them into spaces we love – owning a home goods store has helped in that regard! There are so many things by designers and artists we’ve integrated into our home that we carry in the store or have been gifted. They serve as constant reminders of the awesome people we get to work with and I think it’s safe to say that those are the things we treasure the most.
You can pick up Nice Things magazine online here or locally in New York at Kinokuniya bookstore. This particular issue is full of familiar products and faces from our Journal. We were so excited to see a feature on our friend Noriko Konuma’s store in Tokyo, Kumu!