Bathed in good design

| Dec 5, 2015

Bathed in good design

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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 ...

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

| Oct 31, 2015

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

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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

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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 ...

Smarten up the work day

| Sep 5, 2015

Smarten up the work day

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As you rethink your wardrobe for the autumnal chill, why not smarten up your work style too? From pass cases to ties, here’s a few simple designs with twists. Give in to the fold In the past few years, flatpack designs employing the art ...

A few ideas that may ring your bell

| Jun 6, 2015

A few ideas that may ring your bell

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Someone in your way? You can ring your bell If you’ve seen that YouTube video (bit.ly/bicyclebell) of someone ringing a handheld bicycle bell at random places in Japan, and then watching with amusement as people automatically jump out of his way, you’ll appreciate the ...

Something old, something new, something blue

| Apr 4, 2015

Something old, something new, something blue

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Traditional craftsmanship is in the bag When it comes to finding an elegant way to employ traditional crafts for contemporary products, Yosuke Inui has got it in the bag. A combination of attractive textiles with centuries-old woodcrafting techniques, Inui’s Wappa Bag retains just enough ...

Staring at the bottom of the glass

| Feb 6, 2015

Staring at the bottom of the glass

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Here’s a glass that’s perfect for teasing someone who’s prone to having one too many. The Kanna Glass by Hiroshi Yamazaki (of Yamasaki Design Works) is a beautifully designed piece of glassware, with an unusually irregular bottom. The uneven surface means that it will ...

Designs to liven up house and home

| Jan 2, 2015

Designs to liven up house and home

Little chairs for little people The Dollhouse Chair by Torafu Architects — Koichi Suzuno and Alicja Strzyzynska — might sound like it could have been a Christmas stocking-filler, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite. This kids’ chair isn’t for a dollhouse, it doubles ...