'Sony Design: Making Modern'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 5, 2015

'Sony Design: Making Modern'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

April 29-June 14 To celebrate last month's release of the design book "Sony Design: Making Modern," printed by New York's Rizzoli International Publications, Sony, one of Japan's biggest electronics companies, is holding an exhibition at their event space Opus. The show features products from the Sony ...

Something old, something new, something blue

Style & Design | ON: DESIGN Apr 4, 2015

Something old, something new, something blue

by Mio Yamada

Traditional craftsmanship is in the bag When it comes to finding an elegant way to employ traditional crafts for contemporary products, Yosuke Inui has got it in the bag. A combination of attractive textiles with centuries-old woodcrafting techniques, Inui's Wappa Bag retains just enough traditional aesthetic ...

The measure of all things is limitless

Style & Design Mar 27, 2015

The measure of all things is limitless

by Mio Yamada

In its light-hearted approach of presenting exhibits that include everyday items, contemporary design, artwork and historical objects, "Measuring: This Much, That Much, How Much?" at 21_21 Design Sight has its fair share of crowd pleasers. It begins with the "Perfektron," an installation that cleverly brings ...

Keeping up with the shifting world

Art Jan 8, 2015

Keeping up with the shifting world

by John L. Tran

Designers can be an ambitious bunch, hoping to lead us all into a better, color-coordinated, minimalist future. "The Fab Mind" aims to show off attempts "to understand and to resolve social issues through design'," based upon the earth-shattering notions that the world is in ...

Designs to liven up house and home

Style & Design | ON: DESIGN Jan 2, 2015

Designs to liven up house and home

Little chairs for little people The Dollhouse Chair by Torafu Architects — Koichi Suzuno and Alicja Strzyzynska — might sound like it could have been a Christmas stocking-filler, but in fact, it's quite the opposite. This kids' chair isn't for a dollhouse, it doubles as a ...

Looking back to 1964 as Japan envisions 2020

Art Oct 30, 2014

Looking back to 1964 as Japan envisions 2020

by John L. Tran

"In Yedo, nothing is so common as to hear the citizens lament the times that have only just come to an end." So ran one editorial of "The Far East," an English-language periodical published in Japan in the 1870s. A contemporary echo of this sentiment ...