Beams, the cult Japanese brand established in 1976 in Harajuku district of Tokyo, has gone beyond clothing to encompass all areas of stylish living. If you're really up on your icons you might have heard that Beams has an upcoming collaboration with one of our personal favorites, Rowing Blazers, the cool NYC brand founded by author, archaeologist, and U.S. national team rower Jack Carlson, and, his girlfriend, national champion oarswoman Keziah Beall.
While you're waiting for that to drop – and from what we hear it'll be well worth it – you can get a Beams fix courtesy of a cool new interior design book, Live Small/Live Modern: The Best of Beams at Home. Due out from Rizzoli next month and available for pre-order on Amazon now, the book is drawn from the ultra-popular Japanese series on super-cool small spaces and is being published in English for the first time.
The artfully-curated volume profiles more than 100 spaces over 400 photographs, "offering readers a fountain of ideas on how to design, organize and adorn small spaces without sacrificing personality and style," from tiny studio apartments to open-plan lofts, all "exuding a laid-back, Japanese-cool style."
As the Rowing Blazers project shows, Beams "puts collaboration at the core of its philosophy, helping it to become a magnet for a range of young designers with dynamic ideas," a philosophy that comes across in these interior spaces as well.