All original work © Jason W. Wong. Please ask for permission to reproduce any work.

All original work © Jason W. Wong. Please ask for permission to reproduce any work.

Monday, November 10, 2014

French Kissing in the USA

Between work, other artistic endeavors, and trying to not work on Sundays (boundaries, people! Boundaries!) it's been hard keeping on the ol' blog. But at least I've had this topic in my editorial queue for a while.

When I was in London this past May, I saw these great chairs in a restaurant. I knew they were by some design icon, but I had forgotten who had originally designed them.


Now I know--they're the Les Arc chairs by Charlotte Perriand, a contemporary/colleague of Le Corbusier. Of course the restaurant chairs were probably a reproduction. There are affordable copies in many places, and I've even seen denim versions at Big Daddy Antiques in San Francisco. As you can see, the real deal (vintage, no less) can be pricey:

I love the stool version and wish I could get a pair of counter stools. Sigh...someday!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our house is a very very very fine house

I just picked up this book at my local bookshop a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to read it. It's in defense of all of us who have "stuff"--call us maximalists, eccentrics, messy, but don't call us hoarders (that's something else totally different!)


Some of the images do border on hoarding, but I like how it takes into account a different aesthetic, one that is more forgiving for those of us with collections, children, animals, too much art, or all of the above.

And of course, the tagline on the back of the book is my new motto ;-)

Can't wait to read it. Afraid of adding another book to your own cluttered collection? Borrow it from your local library!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Where the clouds are made of candy floss...

Yeah, it's been a while. When I'm not working on the next theater piece (and its costumes--a new creative challenge!) I've been training for my marathon. Oh yeah, and I'm still working too! So blogging can be kind of tough. I just saved a NY Times article about how a blog can become a slog and kind of dread reading it.

A couple of months ago I was in Ikea, researching some things for a client and saw really cute, bright, totally unrelated items in the current collection that surprised me. Very European, very graphic, very cool. I could see any of these trays or rugs brightening up someone else's home or a kid's room.

Is summer technically over? I hope not. With some of these pieces, you could keep autumn and winter bright and fresh!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Already Home

Even though I spent nearly three weeks in Poland (my second trip there this year) I only had three days off from my acting./movement/vocal workshop in the woods. So I'd venture in Wroclaw, the third largest city in Poland (I believe) and take in the local sights. Here are some things I noticed:

Great hand-printed wallcovering (or stenciling) at popular hostel Mleczarnia:


Awesome seahorse and mermaid chairs at the National Museum:


A detailed metal door in the City Hall:


A plaque outside the offices of Grotowski Institute, our local host:


Milk crate lights in a vegan cafe!


A lovely shade of green:

Someone not afraid of being an individual:

Awesome architecture and public art murals in a prewar department store/shopping center (Renoma):


Lady Liberty's Polish cousin on top of this old bank building..?


And Wroclaw's answer to London's ICA--the Contemporary Museum


And here was my home base for two-plus weeks. I made my bed and room feel as homey as I could!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I like the way this is going...

Wow, it's been a while. I was in Poland (AGAIN!) for a few weeks for an intense acting workshop and spent the past week or so regrouping and catching up on work here at home. Here's a post I meant to publish while I was in Wroclaw, but couldn't since I didn't have any WiFi or internet access (with very few exceptions--I wasn't going to use my three precious days off on blogging or any design work!)

Traveling really refreshes and energizes the soul. I love to surround my home with mementos of places we've been and always try to pick up something to commemorate a trip. So far the collection has been gathering in our kitchen, and I like the way it keeps growing:

And even though this new piece above our stove doesn't relate to any geographic location, it's a reminder to my partner and me that almost everything can be done (or faced) together, from the heart of our home.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Be your Lady Marmalade

Quick post this week as I'm off to Poland...AGAIN! This time it's solo (going with a theater company to work on/workshop our new production of Antigone) and spending the whole time in Wroclaw. Or just outside the city, in a converted barn in the woods. Wish me luck!

Maybe my freestylin' cooking skills will help, since we all have to pitch in and cook for each other during our stay. A few weeks ago I picked plums with help from some friends. I made some jam, which I totally overcooked and later had to add water to this caramelized plum tar--but in the end I saved it and it tastes great. One jar is already gone!

My friends also traded me some plums for some of their homegrown oranges. So I made marmalade with this easy recipe (and totally cheated, too--I didn't let it rest overnight. I just waited until nightfall to cook it down.)

Getting crafty...and eating the rewards!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back once again comes the Renegade Master...

My partner and I love going to the Renegade Craft Fair every year at Fort Mason. We've found a lot of fun artwork, quirky gifts, and many additions to our home's cast of characters. We nearly missed it this year--we didn't know it was happening until a friend told us (thanks again, Jen!)

Check out what was around this year:


Life-affirming cat tattoo art!


More cat t-shirts and art (you know I got that cat-driving-a-truck t-shirt, right? But I got it in gray instead of yellow.)

And I also got these great decoupage trays from Chicago vendor Why Girls Go Astray.

I look forward to it every year. Watch out, LA, Portland, and London--you're next on the Renegade Craft Fair schedule!