Laurent Grasso alludes to a future in our past

Art Dec 29, 2015

Laurent Grasso alludes to a future in our past

by John L. Tran

A funny thing happened on the way to "Le Forum." Outside Ochanomizu Station, a small group of neo-Nazis had set up shop and were playing the Japanese national anthem. One of them was wearing a modified SS uniform and proudly let me take his ...

Takashi Homma's window on today's crafts

Art Sep 1, 2015

Takashi Homma's window on today's crafts

by John L. Tran

Broadly speaking, compared to Britain, Germany and the United States, France and Japan have shared an alternative approach to design since the industrial revolution, focusing more on the appreciation of handmade and luxury goods. This economic necessity reverberates today as a mutual affection of ...

Hermes reports strong sales growth, revenue up 27% in Japan

Business Jul 22, 2015

Hermes reports strong sales growth, revenue up 27% in Japan

Luxury goods maker Hermes International SCA reported a 22 percent increase in second-quarter sales, led by accelerating growth in Japan. Revenue rose to 1.17 billion euros (¥158 billion), Paris-based Hermes said in a statement Tuesday, about meeting the median of 14 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. ...

'Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 21, 2015

'Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

April 25-July 5 In 19th and early 20th-century Europe, advances in the fields of mathematics, mechanical engineering, biology, geology and archaeology brought about a new appreciation of "simple forms," which led to notable influences on modern art. This exhibition — a collection of works from all ...