Satsuki Shibuya‘s unique creative vision is easy to recognize in everything that she does. From song writing to typography, there is a signature mix of elegant simplicity + sweetness to her aesthetic. And her own Los Angeles home studio is no exception!
We’re happy to present this look at Satsuki’s sunny workspace, and our chat about interiors + the Los Angeles life.
What’s the best part about having a studio space at home?
I have to say that I am thankful to be able to work in such a beautiful space everyday. It’s part of our home & my husband was very sweet in allowing me to dedicate an entire room for my studio. What I love most is the natural light that filters through the room — it gives it a warm, airy feel that allows for optimal daydreaming & creating.
How would you describe your studio’s style?
The style is a hodgepodge of the things that intrigue, inspire & calm me, but I do have a soft spot for Scandinavian/Japanese design.
What is your most prized possession in the space right now?
An origami owl that my 89-year-old grandma – who lives in Japan – made for me. Although we live so far apart, being able to communicate through our hands & craft has meant the world to me. Every time I look at the owl, it makes me feel like she’s right there watching over me.
Where in Los Angeles do you live? Are there any favorite local neighborhood haunts you’d like to share?
My husband & I live in Rancho Palos Verdes & have been for about 2 years now. I love the serenity of this area with the ocean being just a few minutes away. We even have a wild peacock family as neighbors! As for local neighborhood haunts, I love Hitachi-ya for wonderfully crafted Japanese home goods, Hamada-ya for baked goods, and Momen+ for some hard to find fabrics.
Where are your favorite places to turn for inspiration?
I find that inspiration is all around me, it’s just whether or not I’m able to fully engage with it. Laughing with a friend, listening to some bossa nova while sipping on some tea, watching the leaves sway as the wind blows through them, reading a favorite magazine, all these things & more share inspiration — I just have to still my heart & spirit long enough to notice the moments.
Images: Satsuki Shibuya