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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:
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Dec 24, 2009
Handy music, Eiffel Tower Jr., analog emoticons and peaceful weaponry
Music of the spheres
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / ON: DESIGN
Nov 26, 2009
Designer standouts perfect for holiday gifts
With another Tokyo Designers Week now behind us, this month we take a look at a few of our favorite items from the event, some of which might just make the perfect Christmas gift.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Oct 29, 2009
Now's the time to celebrate design
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.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Sep 24, 2009
Designs about simplicity, shredding and shedding light
Back to basics When Naoto Fukasawa collaborated with furniture manufacturer Maruni earlier this year, they created two new series: the wood-based Hiroshima and Tradition, a modern take on some earlier Maruni collections. Both series present furniture that truly showcases Fukasawa's pared-down aesthetic. This autumn, a few new pieces join the Hiroshima series: the Sideboard 160, an extendible Rectangular Table, and the Coffee Table 80, all available in beech, matte-black beech and oak. The update also introduces new fabrics for the series' sofa and lounge chair available in ivory, dark brown, and black. All these are currently on display at Isetan Shinjuku, in the 5th-floor furniture area.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Aug 27, 2009
Having fun while keeping it tidy and practical
Animated cleaning
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jul 30, 2009
Summertime designs run hot and cool
Recovered crests
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jun 25, 2009
Almost everything's gone green
The minimalist
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
May 28, 2009
Design innovations that come naturally
A cool dry
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Apr 23, 2009
Stylish ways to organize clutter, keep time, track burned calories and send letters
A stylish plug
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Mar 26, 2009
Going Postalco, smashing smileys and sounding fuzzy
Material emoticons
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Feb 26, 2009
Lowdown Scandinavians, trashy bears and a natural rack
Lowdown Scandinavian cool If you're in the market for a modular sofa, check out Osaka-based Teruhiro Yanagihara's Grow (above). The designer, who also works under the name Isolation Unit, has created the attractive couch for interior brand OFFECCT, a Swedish company that's known for its collaborations with international designers. Introduced at the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this month, the expansive blue sofa would fill out a room nicely without overwhelming the space thanks to its low profile. Grow is available in two models with an option to have built-in tables on the armrests.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Feb 26, 2009
Lowdown Scandinavians, trashy bears and a natural rack
Lowdown Scandinavian cool If you're in the market for a modular sofa, check out Osaka-based Teruhiro Yanagihara's Grow (above). The designer, who also works under the name Isolation Unit, has created the attractive couch for interior brand OFFECCT, a Swedish company that's known for its collaborations with international designers. Introduced at the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this month, the expansive blue sofa would fill out a room nicely without overwhelming the space thanks to its low profile. Grow is available in two models with an option to have built-in tables on the armrests.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA / ON: DESIGN
Jan 29, 2009
Design for DIYers, globetrotters, timekeepers, flower-lovers and garbage collectors
Spot the bag
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Sep 30, 2008
Designer wine racks, light bulbs, place mats and more
Northern hangers
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Aug 26, 2008
The Pantone Slide, TwistTogether Lamp and Sony Sountina
Tower of audio power If there's one thing you can surely trust Sony to do, it's to stoke our technolust with innovative new audio products. With the introduction of the Sountina nondirectional speaker, Sony continues that tradition. The 180-cm tower of sound, which includes a subwoofer, looks like it was built by NASA and has a full array of specs that are guaranteed to arouse your ears.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jul 22, 2008
A head-turning umbrella and other designer treats
Electric bean
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jun 24, 2008
Mag racks, Issey Miyake watches and a tidy little cellphone buddy
Label of love With pretty much anything now just a quick printout away, is there really still a place in the office or at home for the humble label writer? Looking at the Tepra Pro label writer from King Jim — a company mostly known for its colorful binders and filing systems — it becomes apparent that there's something comforting about the old-school charms of a device that devotes all of its efforts to that one task. But the Tepra Pro is indeed a tool of the modern age, with the aesthetically pleasing cube opening up to reveal an LCD screen and tiny keyboard — used to write your message — using an amazing array of colored labels to print on. The Tepra Pro series includes two models: the self-contained SR600 label writer (available in white or red) at ¥24,000, and the SR3700P label printer, which plugs into your Windows or Mac computer via a USB cable, for ¥21,000.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
May 27, 2008
Toothpaste tube chandeliers, eco-seats and other design highlights
A toothy light
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Apr 22, 2008
A prototype in your livingroom
When architect Keiji Ashizawa decided to move his Tokyo studio into a new space last year, he wanted to do something with it before settling in. So he arranged an exhibition last December in which a group of Tokyo-based designers presented all manner of prototypes for commercial products such as the 5 Stacking Chair (pictured right).
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Feb 26, 2008
METAPHYS' LADD mag rack, Lemnos' new mirror and H Concept's PhotoHanger
Hanging vanity

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