Design that all adds up

| Sep 30, 2010

Design that all adds up

by Jean Snow

Summing up stylish bookends There’s a reason why there’s a plus sign at the end of Ideaco’s Bookend+: They have a little something extra added. Aimed at households or offices with cramped desk spaces, the Bookend+ doubles as a tape dispenser or a letter ...

Objets d'art with a purpose in life

| Aug 26, 2010

Objets d'art with a purpose in life

by Jean Snow

Working across the grain Award-winning designer Mikiya Kobayashi is the director behind Kime, a new line of beautiful wooden household accessories for Hokkaido-based manufacturer Dreamy Person. Named after the Japanese term for wood grain, all of Kobayashi’s designs emphasize the natural beauty of his ...

Smart, trad and stylish win the race

| Jul 29, 2010

Smart, trad and stylish win the race

by Jean Snow

Gateway to stylish furniture Though we’ve already included the Karimoku New Standard line of contemporary furniture as one of our picks from last year’s Tokyo Design Week, we’ve found good reason to cover it again — the line is finally going on sale, exclusively ...

Design for staying cool

| Jun 24, 2010

Design for staying cool

by Jean Snow

Fans of a natural breeze One of the most innovative releases over the past year in terms of electric fans has to be Dyson’s bladeless Air Multiplier fan, which, despite its odd appearance, works just as advertised, pushing a surprisingly strong flow of air ...

Smart, seasonal and celebratory

| May 27, 2010

Smart, seasonal and celebratory

by Jean Snow

Nature is served Designer Nao Tamura’s Seasons containers were so well received at last month’s Milan Salone — the be-all and end-all of annual design events — that they won the SaloneSatellite Award. Finding inspiration in the traditional Japanese technique of serving food on ...

Everything is not as it seems

| Apr 29, 2010

Everything is not as it seems

by Jean Snow

Nendo gains weight in Milan The annual design superfest known as the Milano Salone was held earlier this month in Italy, and although Oki Sato is no stranger to the event it was an especially grand year for the designer and his firm Nendo. ...

Stationery players to watch

| Mar 25, 2010

Stationery players to watch

by Jean Snow

A handkerchief not to be sniffed at Mike and Yuri Ableton’s Postalco returns to the column with a brand new collection that once again sends all the right messages. A diverse array of goods, the releases include a rain cape, new editions of their ...

Warm hearts and home comforts

| Feb 25, 2010

Warm hearts and home comforts

by Jean Snow

Niimi stand goes to pot If there’s one thing the current cold weather streak has us begging for it’s a steaming hot meal, and nothing works that magic better than a big old nabe (hotpot). The perfect accessory for such a dish would have ...

Now's the time to celebrate design

| Oct 29, 2009

Now's the time to celebrate design

by Jean Snow

Don’t miss Design Week This year, Tokyo Designers Week conveniently kicks off on a Friday — previous years have always seen a Wednesday start — ensuring visitors can make the most of the weekend and the national holiday on Tuesday. Leading the pack is ...