You’re probably familiar with Yumiko Sekine’s designs even if Sekine’s name and that of her brand, Fog Linen Work, are unfamiliar to you. Sekine’s signature linens are carried in home stores across the world. Fans love the laid back-but-luxurious vibe of high-quality materials paired with the simplest designs, and Fog Linen Work’s unfussy style has made them a favorite amongst homemakers with tastes ranging from minimalist to modern farmhouse (I myself own some Fog Linen Work towels).
Sekine also just debuted her first book Simplicity at Home: Japanese Rituals, Recipes, and Arrangements for Thoughtful Living, and it is a lovely tribute to what its author describes as “joyful minimalism.” In the book, Sekine spells out her philosophy that when you live with less you can find greater enjoyments in what you do have. And she walks the walk: Her home, which appears in many of the photographs is simple (sometimes in the extreme), but it is also filled with handmade and homespun touches that keep it from feeling cold.