I discovered him on ebay while looking for interesting blankets for Lulu. I found one and I instantly fell in love! I ended up buying one for each of my girls.
|Lulu and her Shinzi Katoh Little Red Ridding Hood |
|Shinzi Katoh Rabbit Tea Set, Tea For Two|
|My Teeny-Tiny Doll (MTTD) Bunny|
Shinzi Katoh designs remind me very much of old Russian
children illustrations. Clearly, along with fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, the Russian/Soviet art is one of his inspirations: books
|"Colorful Bears"- Russian book 1967|
|"Riddles" - Russian book 1956|
|Shinzi Katoh postcard|
|Little Girl - Doll by Shinzi Katoh|
I love the whimsy in Zakka style. Why shouldn't we add a splash of color, texture, fancy and happiness to everyday items?
I would compare it to the design change brought by late Steve Jobs to the world of personal computers. From the candy-colored iMacs and Clamshell iBooks of the '90, through
Here is my last Shinzi indulgence: Surprisingly capacious mini pencil box