With the 2020 Pantone color of the year being Classic Blue, On: Design introduces a few blue-tinted modern classics.
Mio Yamada is the Art, Life & Style editor of The Japan Times. A former magazine editor and trends researcher, when she's not perusing galleries you'll find her taking photos and being distracted by shiny objects. She's also surprisingly British.
For Mio Yamada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
As many of Japan's traditional crafts and industries hope to adapt to survive, more young designers are offering their creative help
Alvin Cheung talks about the caffeine-charged world of entrepreneurism, design and "coffee terroir."
At times outlandish, other times artistically stunning, Polish film posters proved that postwar communism couldn't crush creativity.
From horizontal vases to panty-clad glasses, Japan's handmade market can offer some extraordinary gift ideas for Valentine's Day.
The limitations of recycling and repurposing materials frees the imagination for unusual, amusing and clever design in Japan.
The focus on traditional artisanship is still strong, as is the global obsession with minimalism, but what about sustainability and ethical consumption?
Mina Perhonen's emotive approach to fashion highlights artisanship, eco-friendliness and our natural desire to connect and remember the past.
From jet lag to local lodgings — the life of a travel journalist
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