Stitches in time make fashion sublime

Mar 29, 2016

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

All artistic practices inevitably borrow from the past, but fashion, in particular, seems to revel in revivals. Whether skillfully appropriated or brazenly duplicated, the familiar frequently finds its way back to the runway, be it in 1940s wide pants, ’50s flared skirts, ’60s babydoll ...

Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten sells the story of Japanese crafts

Mar 26, 2016

Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten sells the story of Japanese crafts

“I can’t ask a craftsperson to make something cheaply, or to produce 1,000 items. I have to find 10 artisans to each create 100 quality items,” says Jun Nakagawa, president of the crafts-revitalization business Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten. “That’s what makes it tricky.” Nakagawa, seated ...

The little things in life

| Jan 2, 2016

The little things in life

Now that the season of extravagance is over, it’s time to kick back and enjoy some of the little things in life. Match of the day Incense can seem a little overpowering at times, especially in a small room or shared space. So, Hibi’s ...

Bathed in good design

| Dec 5, 2015

Bathed in good design

The traditional Japanese end-of-year “spring clean” is usually when you discover that some of the home’s furnishings are a bit worse for wear. So why not look into some stylish investments now, before you get the broom out for the new year. Dip into ...

Otto Kunzli's real 'statement jewelry'

Dec 1, 2015

Otto Kunzli's real 'statement jewelry'

“Cozticteocuilatl is the Aztec term for gold and it literally translates into ‘the yellow feces of the gods,’ ” says Swiss artist Otto Kunzli, who is standing before his work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. “It’s the yellow poops of the gods,” ...

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

Nov 10, 2015

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

It’s undeniable that when designer Jun Takahashi founded Undercover — which celebrates its 25th anniversary with its first retrospective at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery — he was strongly influenced by the pioneers of deconstruction fashion Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. His first few ...

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

| Oct 31, 2015

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

Promoting Japan’s artisanal history and new design Established in 2005, Tokyo Design Week has done an admirable job of showcasing Japanese creators both major and minor. Unfortunately, this year has been a bit of a let-down from past years’ presentations. Much smaller in scale ...

Furniture that goes against the grain

| Oct 3, 2015

Furniture that goes against the grain

Seeing both the wood and the trees Moctave’s range of wooden furniture should get any hipster, nature-lover or slow-lifestyle design enthusiast excited. In short, it’s wood porn of the highest quality. Established last November, Moctave locally sources 30 kinds of wood from Gifu Prefecture ...