Something old, something new, something blue

| Apr 4, 2015

Something old, something new, something blue

by Mio Yamada

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 ...

The measure of all things is limitless

Mar 27, 2015

The measure of all things is limitless

by Mio Yamada

In its light-hearted approach of presenting exhibits that include everyday items, contemporary design, artwork and historical objects, “Measuring: This Much, That Much, How Much?” at 21_21 Design Sight has its fair share of crowd pleasers. It begins with the “Perfektron,” an installation that cleverly ...

Few Japanese models strut Tokyo's catwalks

Mar 20, 2015

Few Japanese models strut Tokyo's catwalks

Tokyo fashion week has long been a platform for edgy Japanese designers, but perhaps more remarkable is just how few Japanese models grace its catwalks. Tall, white and often blonde young women dominate the runway, with a foreign look that is now commonplace in ...

Tange's indispensable contacts

Feb 12, 2015

Tange's indispensable contacts

by John L. Tran

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in the Shinjuku Park Tower — I haven’t, but I know someone who has — you’ll know how looking down from the 52nd floor on the silent city from the ...

Staring at the bottom of the glass

| Feb 6, 2015

Staring at the bottom of the glass

by Jean Snow

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 ...

Japan's fertile architectural evolution

Jan 30, 2015

Japan's fertile architectural evolution

by Julian Worrall

Today, Japanese contemporary architecture enjoys an outstanding international reputation, but the story of its emergence to a position of such accomplishment and acclaim has not yet been told comprehensively. A pair of exhibitions at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa presents a ...