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Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

GIFT PICKS: For art lovers

First, the art of relaxation

Staff writer

Mr_Design Bath Art

Anyone who has been to a public bathhouse in Japan will know the pleasure of soaking in the tub while gazing at Mount Fuji or a seascape — courtesy of a well-placed mural.

Mr_Design Bath Art

Now you can give your friends that experience, without having to commission an artist. Art director Kenjiro Sano has teamed up with several photographers to produce a selection of posters designed especially for the bathroom.

Printed on water-resistant paper, Bath Art adheres to tiled surfaces using surface tension and can be removed and re-applied as often as you like.

The posters (¥6,090 each) feature photos of the sea, waves, deer in a park and alpacas crossing a road in Peru — the perfect triggers for infinite bath-bound journeys into the imagination.

Candles by Candle June

Ever thought of giving someone a homemade candle? Not since primary school, right?

Well, think again. A gift of "candle art" this year could cement your reputation as a pop culture maven. Just remember this name: Candle June.

"Candle who?" you say. And you're not alone. That was the general reaction when super-popular actress Ryoko Hirosue announced the name of her new hubby, in October.

Photographs on the Internet revealed that Candle, whose real name is Jun Izutsu, is half covered in tattoos and likes to keep a deer horn sheathed in his right earlobe. Nevertheless, it was his profession that really set chat-sites ablaze: candle artist.

He even has his own online store. If you're not enamored by his piece de resistance — a human skull in wax with a wick (¥12,600) — then fear not: you're bound to find something you think present-worthy. Candle's creations range all the way from gothic to psychedelic.

Bath Art can be found at Beams, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and www.scope.ne.jp/mr_design/bathart. Candle June's creations and collaborations are available on: webdnacs.jp.


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