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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.
For Jean Snow's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jul 26, 2011
Fun and function for office and home
The hair dryer stylist Since its launch, the Plus Minus Zero brand, well-known for its series of minimalist electric fans, has been expanding its lineup, adding new items in new product categories. The Hair Dryer is an extra notch on its belt for its bathroom offerings.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jun 28, 2011
Some new old favorites
Ready for the summer buzz There's one summer discomfort that has yet to kick in: the dreaded mosquito attacks. To help us win the battle over insects, household goods brand Vitantonio has teamed up with Kincho, an insect-repellent manufacturer, to create the Mosquito Buster.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
May 31, 2011
The ordinary made extraordinary
Nendo taps into nature's secrets Since the start of this column more than five years ago, we've been strong supporters of Oki Sato — better known as Nendo — and have closely followed his development as a creator into the design superstar he is today.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Apr 28, 2011
The well-organized rites of spring
Time to head out into the sunshine Though the sakura (cherry blossom) festivities have just passed, spring is still in the air, and as the weather warms up we can expect brighter skies. With that comes lots of sunshine, which means for those of us with sensitive skin it's that time to search out the parasols.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Mar 31, 2011
Design in aid of Tohoku
The design world lends its artistic hand As Japan struggles with the consequences of the Kanto-Tohoku earthquake, this month's column takes a different format to highlight some of the ways the design community has come together to provide relief and support.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Feb 24, 2011
Designing with the grain
For kids branching out to art Last year, Kana Nakanishi caught our attention with Koke-a, an unusual piece of furniture with a mosslike surface of tufted wool on which to relax — her graduate project for Finland's Alto University of Art and Design. Now she's a member of Oiseau, which has launched Mother, a new brand that focuses on long-lasting products. Nakanishi's contribution is the Atelier Book Chair, a fun art box for kids. The beautiful wooden set is a carrying case — to store art supplies — that conveniently opens up into a stool with hanging pockets to hold art brushes, paints and other young artist's needs. The Atelier Book Chair costs ¥50,000 and can be ordered directly from the Oiseau website.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jan 27, 2011
Designs that are tidy, clean and stylin'
Tidy brand squeezes out another good design
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Dec 30, 2010
For the office and home, work and play
Some warmth for the New Year
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Nov 25, 2010
Tokyo Design Week roundup
Three weeks ago, Tokyo invited designers from all over the world to show their work at three major design events — Tokyo Designers Week, DesignTide and Design Touch — as well as at a host of other exhibitions scattered across the city. Here are some of our product picks from those shows.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Oct 28, 2010
A well-designed reason to celebrate
Tokyo celebrates good design It's that time of year again when Tokyo hosts its biggest design festival. From Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, the streets of Aoyama and nearby areas will be offering the public a taste of what's new in household goods, furniture, jewelry and more. This time, Tokyo Designers Week, which is again being held at the Jingu Gaien grounds near Gaienmae station, celebrates its 25th year and its 100% Design Tokyo exhibition has changed its concept to become the Environmental Design Exhibition. Included are a wide variety of shows and events, as well as numerous related seminars and workshops. Be sure to check out the Cool Japan Tokyo Conference and this year's Container Exhibition.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Sep 30, 2010
Design that all adds up
Summing up stylish bookends
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Aug 26, 2010
Objets d'art with a purpose in life
Working across the grain
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jul 29, 2010
Smart, trad and stylish win the race
Gateway to stylish furniture
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jun 24, 2010
Design for staying cool
Fans of a natural breeze
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
May 27, 2010
Smart, seasonal and celebratory
Nature is served
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Apr 29, 2010
Everything is not as it seems
Nendo gains weight in Milan
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Mar 25, 2010
Stationery players to watch
A handkerchief not to be sniffed at
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Feb 25, 2010
Warm hearts and home comforts
Niimi stand goes to pot
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jan 28, 2010
Design for keeping everything warm and just so
Drastic desk changes Hopefully you're still keeping your New Year's resolutions, and if one of them was to pay more attention to the little things in life, such as your desk space, then the latest from Japanese stationery brand Craft Design Technology can help fulfill those good intentions. Released as part of the brand's autumn/winter collection, "Drastic Change Series," this classy line of leather desk accessories includes a memo-pad case (¥7,800), business card case (¥8,500), and a pen sheath (¥6,800). Each item is available with contrasting exterior/ interior color combinations — hence the "drastic" naming — of white and black, black and white, and brown and green.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Dec 24, 2009
Handy music, Eiffel Tower Jr., analog emoticons and peaceful weaponry
Music of the spheres

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