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A longtime resident of Tokyo, Jean Snow lives and breathes design, pop culture, and gaming, sustained by an unhealthy addiction to magazines and frequent visits to his favorites cafes. He has reported on these obsessions for various online and offline publications.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jun 4, 2013
From paperclip holders and cityscape planters to corner lights and sustainable cameras
Even though we are moving — forcibly — toward the paperless office, the reality is that we still at some point find ourselves with piles of physical documents to deal with, which usually means a desktop covered in paper clips.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Apr 2, 2013
Wooden simplicity and pop-color spring fun
Paying tribute to traditional Japanese crafts with a touch of pop sensibility, Jin Kuramoto has produced a really attractive Japanese tea set.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Mar 5, 2013
Keeping your desk in order: from bookish obsessions to tidy-up toys
A few cupfuls of things
Japan Times
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Feb 26, 2013
Clipping candlesticks, JetClean air, cooking fun, coat stands and kids's stuff
We love the idea of things that clip together, so Nendo's new Clip Collection for Italian brand Discipline immediately caught our attention.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jan 28, 2013
Living with birds, communicating with flowers and OnDesign favorites
Traditional chochin (Japanese paper lanterns) are beautiful, but that doesn't mean they can't also be modern and playful.
Japan Times
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Dec 25, 2012
Stuck on a Good Design Award winner
The Good Design Award winners were announced last month and there are plenty of great ideas to take in — make sure to check out the GDA website to browse through all of the new ideas.
Japan Times
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Nov 27, 2012
Double-A seating power
The AA Stool is the lovely result of a collaboration between Torafu Architects and the Ishinomaki Laboratory, a platform that brings together creators in one of the hardest-hit areas during last year's earthquake and tsunami, Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture.
Japan Times
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Oct 30, 2012
Tokyo Designers Week: Say hello to the best again
Something old, something new Halloween is here, which means Tokyo Designers Week is, too. The latter is, of course, what we're particularly interested in, and since you are reading this on the day it kicks off, we forego our regular product-recommendation format and instead offer some guidance on what...
Japan Times
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Sep 25, 2012
15.0% keeps ice cream cool
15.0%'s ice-cream spoons have already been featured in this column, and now they're being complemented by Naoki Terada's new Ice-Cream Cup.
Japan Times
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Aug 28, 2012
Purifying plant power
The Airleaf Mini is an interesting product that makes use of your fan or air conditioner. It contains little beads filled with oils extracted from fir trees, which purifies air as it's blown through by cutting down the carbon dioxide and restricting production of oxygen radicals.
Japan Times
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Jul 31, 2012
Creative thinking inside the box: the Koloro Desk, FeltFelt folders and matching stationery
Personalized cubicle There's nothing enticing about working in a cubicle space, aside from a sense of privacy, but Torafu Architects have somehow made the cubicle a desired option for the home.
Japan Times
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May 29, 2012
A spring jewelry collection
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Japan Times
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Apr 24, 2012
Rethinks that reboot familiar concepts
Pretty as a doll
Japan Times
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Feb 28, 2012
A stylish support crew for the home
TRE chic and very sturdy
Japan Times
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Jan 31, 2012
Ideas of note
Note pads that snap into action We revisit Postalco for yet another piece of stationery we've fallen in love with. This time it's the brand's new environmentally friendly Snap Pad.
Japan Times
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Dec 27, 2011
Let's not forget the little things
Good design in focus Nendo's design-conscious goods for Elecom were featured earlier this year, and it's keeping up the good work with its latest batch of digital accessories to spruce up your desktop.
Japan Times
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Nov 22, 2011
Small surprises and understated brilliance
Spread a little light Idea International's new multipurpose LED interior lamp shows that just a little light goes a long way.
Japan Times
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Oct 25, 2011
The natural tide of the times
Back to basics Ki no Kami paper — the result of a collaboration between the Shiodome Innovation Studio (a creative unit that teams Japan's leading advertising agency, Dentsu, and Keio University's Shonan Fujisawa Campus with various creators) and the PaPaCo Yoshino wooden-toy maker — is designed...
Japan Times
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Sep 27, 2011
Upgrading the ordinary
Ice-cool statements Here's a fun example of the power of design: Turning something as simple as ice cubes into a political/environmental statement.
Japan Times
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Aug 30, 2011
Cleverness in things great and small
Milestones for cyclists There's a bicycle craze currently sweeping the nation — or so the media would have you believe — and in the midst of it, we're starting to see designers pay particular attention to cycling accessories. Design trio Mile has introduced a beautiful take on the bike stand...

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