1 The February issue of German AD is devoted to the Americas and has a profile on São Paulo architect Isay Weinfeld's latest project in Brasília. If you're in the market for a house in the sun, it will have you reaching for the phone.
2 Why Sweden's Polarn O. Pyret children's chain has not gone global and dominated every high street is a mystery. Every parent I know can't get enough of the brand's signature stripy knits and well-made clothes for toddlers.
3 I've been snapping up Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish modernist furniture and glassware at www.lauritz.com.
4 I love to pretend that I live in Vienna by listening to ORF's FM 4 (fm4.orf.at) via my PowerBook.
5 Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education is perfect fare for a Sunday afternoon. It also gives you an excuse to crack open a bottle of Cava just after lunch.
6 The best Web site for tracking down very obscure music is www.cdjapan.co.jp. My latest finds are Maki Nomiya's two solo albums.
7 Hans Rooth and Lage Stone's Stil (Richters) takes coffee table-book publishing to a new plane. Focusing on houses in Stockholm, Paris, London, Copenhagen, and Milan, the photography inspires and the paper recalls book-binding from a gentler time.
8 Ian McEwan's Saturday is my current bedside read—soon to be followed by James Hawes's Speak for England and perhaps, just perhaps, the new John Grisham.
—TYLER BRULE, EXCERPTED FROM THE FINANCIAL TIMES