Tokyo Design Week: The professionals

| Nov 5, 2016

Tokyo Design Week: The professionals

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Tokyo Design Week (TDW) seemed a little pared down this year, with a notable absence of a handicrafts creators’ fair and only one awards exhibition. Nevertheless, it still offered the familiar lineup of products, interactive installations, architectural models, artworks and robots, as well as ...

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo: Menswear sells out

Oct 29, 2016

Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo: Menswear sells out

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While Tokyo’s womenswear seems to be content fighting for a place in the domestic market, the endlessly repeated adage that Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo’s menswear is the collection’s most viable export product appears to have finally come true, with many of the brands tipped ...

Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

Oct 29, 2016

Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

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Be it a dress, a teacup or a chair, there is something instantly recognizable about a Mina Perhonen creation. Perhaps it’s the natural motifs, exquisite textiles and unexpected color combinations. Or maybe it’s the nostalgia-tinged atmosphere paired with clean-lined contemporary silhouettes. Akira Minagawa | ...

Ex-leper takes to Tokyo runway to fight stigma

Oct 21, 2016

Ex-leper takes to Tokyo runway to fight stigma

At 83 Miyo Maki had never manicured her nails, thickened and deformed due to leprosy, a disease she was diagnosed with when she was just 10 years old. But on Wednesday, as she marked her birthday, the former leprosy patient proudly displayed her shiny ...

Oki Sato of Nendo: on the objects of design

Oct 8, 2016

Oki Sato of Nendo: on the objects of design

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This year alone, Oki Sato, founder and director of Nendo, has not one, but two major retrospective exhibitions of the design unit’s work — one at the Design Museum Holon in Israel, the other at the Taiwan Design Museum. His acclaimed “50 Manga Chairs” ...