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Naoto Fukasawa: Between craft and design

Feb 25, 2017

Naoto Fukasawa: Between craft and design

by Sachiko Tamashige

Naoto Fukasawa is probably best known internationally for his designs for Muji, in particular for the wall-mounted CD player he created in 1999, which was featured in Gary Hustwit's popular 2009 documentary "Objectified." Now he remains a creative adviser for Muji, while still designing ...

'The Posters of Ikko Tanaka'

/ Apr 5, 2016

'The Posters of Ikko Tanaka'

by Kaori Kubo

April 5-June 19 Posters are designed to attract attention — the really good ones also tempt their viewers to buy or do something. Graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) was arguably one of the best graphic designers in Japan, creating unique posters with bold geometric designs ...

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

Feb 16, 2016

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Feb. 26-June 5 During Japan's postwar economic boom, the term "zakka," which literally means "uncategorizable things," was usually used for mundane everyday tools and objects such as kettles, brooms and buckets. Since then, it has evolved to mean miscellaneous goods of a much broader range ...

Bathed in good design

| Dec 5, 2015

Bathed in good design

by Mio Yamada

The traditional Japanese end-of-year "spring clean" is usually when you discover that some of the home's furnishings are a bit worse for wear. So why not look into some stylish investments now, before you get the broom out for the new year. Dip into style Since ...

Furniture that goes against the grain

| Oct 3, 2015

Furniture that goes against the grain

by Mio Yamada

Seeing both the wood and the trees Moctave's range of wooden furniture should get any hipster, nature-lover or slow-lifestyle design enthusiast excited. In short, it's wood porn of the highest quality. Established last November, Moctave locally sources 30 kinds of wood from Gifu Prefecture and hand ...