I’ve had the wonderful illustrations of Toru Fukuda bookmarked for a while, but today seemed like a good to finally post about them. Toru is an illustrator living in Tokyo who has this wonderfully simple and almost childlike nature to his work. All of his characters have so much life to them, and his punches of color just make his work even better. His drawings remind me a lot of books I read as a kid, but I can’t think of anything particular it reminds me of. Nonetheless, his work never fails to make me smile.
I’m sure most familiar with the song Mad World, as it was the haunting theme for the movie Donnie Darko sung by the amazing Gary Jules and arranged by the awesome Mike Andrews, but did you know there was a video as well? This little gem was directed by Michel Gondry of all people, and features a rooftop perspective of a bunch of kids making shapes on the ground below. As is the usual for Michel, the idea is extremely simple and lo-fi but is totally effective and beautiful when you see it. I think my favorite part is the boat on the water, when you squint your eyes it looks so rad.
For some reason the video plays three times, though I didn’t bother watching them all cuz’ I figure they’re all the same, but I wanted to give a heads up!
I was inspired today to post some architecture, so I was really happy when I came across this amazing little restaurant called Prak. Prak is a unique concept that creates a place to eat that’s both fun for kids and adults, sort of like a well-designed, contemporary, Chuck E. Cheese!
The space was designed by the folks over at Tjep., a Dutch design agency that actually makes a ton of amazing stuff. I feel like they did such an amazing job that it’s hard to know where to start! First thing I noticed is all the great shapes and exposed wood beams. Then probably the color palette which is pretty much natural wood, white, teal blues, pinks, and oranges. I also really love that they mixed giant pieces of colorful acrylic with a more traditional furniture pieces. The only downside I could see to this place is that unfortunately, it’s made for children to run around in!
I also thought it was cute that Praq in Dutch means “mashed food”! Definitely check out the rest of Tjep.’s work, it totally made my day so far.