Let's talk 100 percent <em>kawaii!</em>

Jul 2, 2013

Let's talk 100 percent kawaii!

by Samuel Thomas

Long before the mayor of Shibuya announced pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as an official ambassador of kawaii culture, Sebastian Masuda, her art director, had been on a mission to spread “kawaii culture” across the world, advocating it as not only a potent source ...

The neglected stars of Norwegian design

Jun 25, 2013

The neglected stars of Norwegian design

by Tomoko Otake

What do you think of as a typical example of Scandinavian design? The massively copied 1950s bentwood chair series “Seven Chairs” by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen? The vividly colored Unikko poppy patterns by the Finnish textile company Marimekko? Or the ready-to-assemble furniture available at ...