I’ve never been a fan of iPhone cases, or any cases in general. I don’t like upsetting the form factor that the designers worked so hard to create. And I’ve always thought that dents, cuts and marks add character. Unless you plan on reselling the thing at the end of whatever contract you’re on I just don’t see the point.
Having had my iPhone just this week replaced due to a faulty camera, the ‘character’ I had created was gone, and I thought with only one year left maybe I should protect the back so it looks better when I plan to sell it. So I bought a Gelaskin skin because it maintains that delicious design while adding a bit of artistic flair. The sticker quality is quite thick and it allowed me a few tries to align it properly so don’t worry if you have shaky hands.
The hardest decision was choosing which design as the site features art from Audrey Kawasaki, Nanami Cowdroy and Stella Im Hultberg to name a few. I settled on the understated abstract colors of Melanie Mikecz and I’m pretty happy.
From AUD$14.95 @ http://www.gelaskins.com
‘I chose the strangest little cup
to drink you from and stir you up
and you were beautiful it’s true.’
‘See I want to write a story about two long lines
Two pretty lines that fall in love
Two little spaces they’re filled with echoes
Did the lines ever intersect one another, at a moment in time?’
I was worried that since I moved to Nagasaki there might be a distinct lack of design conscious cafes and shops. Turns out my compulsive fears were unwarranted. There seems to be a healthy youth and design culture in the port town of Nagasaki and it warms my heart.
And just like that is how I felt when I came across Elv Cafe in Nagasaki. Through it’s tiny front facing window you can make out the words ‘Belle-vue Kriek’ on a chalkboard inside. Belgian Cherry Beer in Nagasaki? This cannot be true. So, I ventured inside to confirm.
The fusion of Tuscan and Moroccan flare is by no mistake. Ultra friendly owner George Nakamura is vocal for his love of Italy and this even comes through on the menu. Small handmade pizzas with mozzarella and prosciutto are available for about 1000 yen but lunch sets offer the best value for money. A Japanese staple Curry is available or a toastie and comes with a drink and a small dessert. All for 1100 yen.
And to my surprise, Belle-Vue Kriek was on tap. I ended up spending the entire day there listening to some smooth calming tunes and enjoying the pastel colors and welcoming company. If you’re in Nagasaki, this cafe should be a must find.
Elv Cafe is located at:
+81 9 5823-5118
© 2013 Carey Ciuro