Akane Moriyama’s curtain for Hirakata T-SITE

Textile designer Akane Moriyama designed three eight-meter high curtains for “T-Site”, a commercial complex near Osaka, Japan.

Curtain for Hirakata T-SITE from AMS on Vimeo.

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Hana Iro Enpitsu – Flower color pencils by Trinus

The shavings of these pencils look like petals of flowers. They are environmentally friendly pencils, using recycled paper instead of wood.

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Jam Tori Spoon by Atsuhiro Hayashi

“Jam Tori” is a spoon specially created for scooping and spreading jam. It stays on a jar as if a bird rests on a tree. It was created by designer Atsuhiro Hayashi for h concept.

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50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases

Japanese design shop is offering 50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases.

Filled with water, this vinyl envelope is transformed into a fully functional 3D vase. The refraction of light through the water adds to the beauty of this simple flower vase. Each envelope contains two vases.
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Cocoh lamp

Cocoh lamp is a table lamp designed by Chiaki Murata for Metaphys. It is still a prototype but will be officially released later this year.

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Cherry Blossom glass by Hironao Tsuboi

Hironao Tsuboi has designed “Cherry Blossom glass” for Japanese company 100 Percent. It is handmade by Japanese artisans who are certified for creating traditional glasses, and they are called “Edogawa Dento Kogeishi”.

The bottom part of the glass is shaped like “Sakura” or a cherry flower, and it leaves a shape of “Sakura” after poring a cold drink due to dew condensation.

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Chocolatetexturebar by Nendo (Press release)

“chocolatexture”, released in 2015, was based on the theme of chocolates with the same raw materials but with diverse textures, and different tastes created from those distinctive textures. What was perceived through this design was that although “eating” is generally thought of as one action, actually the taste is recognized after going through various procedures such as “place on top of the tongue”, “bite”, “roll inside the mouth”, “melt” and “swallow”. “chocolatexturebar” is a single bar of chocolate, but the surface is divided into 12 faces each with diverse texture. By tasting each face with the tongue, where one can enjoy a new taste dimension that is unlike any other conventional chocolates. The different three dimensional patterns that create the textures are stripes, dots, zigzags, checkered patterns and wave patterns. There are 5 different chocolate flavors – milk, strawberry, white, bitter and matcha.(Source: http://www.nendo.jp/en/works/chocolatexturebar-2/)

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Nendo’s bottle and logo design for KENZO

Nendo has designed the new bottle for KENZO PARFUMES.
Here is the press release by Nendo.

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The new bottle and logo design for the newly launched fragrance TOTEM, directed at a new generation and developed by KENZO PARFUMS in Paris. Where previous generations have felt differences of nationality, language, and religion more acutely, the younger generation of today have comparatively fewer cultural divides to cross, enjoying a greater shared sense of identity through the global spread of online media and applications. This flexible and upcoming generation, with their mobile and vibrant lifestyles, are like a new ‘tribe’ in modern life, and this new unisex fragrance has been developed to symbolize their interconnectedness. The bottle is made out of dark purple glass, and the various layers of its form resemble a traditional totem pole, while the bottle and cap merge into one another to create an overall solid and monolithic design. The fragrance itself comes in 3 variants, differentiated not by any kind of label but a simple colored string; the woody citrus yellow, the woody floral orange, and the woody fruity blue. The logo for this collection consists merely of a square, circular, and triangular mark, and this simplistic and bold design is a highly symbol-oriented attempt to capture and blend the primal with the transnational; two defining essences of the generation at which this new fragrance is aimed.

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Sheep Cable Holder by h concept

Sheep Cable Holder by Japanese producer h concept makes your cable look like a fleece. The large one is made for mobile phone chargers, and small one for head phones. It’s designed by Japanese designer Hiroshi Seki.

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“Hotel apartment” by Ryohei Tanaka

G architects studio’s Ryohei Tanaka designed a “hotel apartment” in Azabujuban, Tokyo.
Here are the texts from the architect studio.

Concept:

This unique apartment is located in the very heart of Tokyo, inside a low-rise apartment complex, one block from a major highway. The client had been searching for a convenient location in central Tokyo and found this thirty-seven year old apartment located in the attic of the building complete with long, sloping ceilings and a raw interior. The sloped ceilings have been converted into a skylight allowing in natural sunlight with a wonderful unobstructed view of the city. Since this apartment is to be used for accommodation purposes, we took the unique character of the apartment and added a hotel-like atmosphere.

Design:

In order to achieve harmony between the industrial attic interior and a welcoming hotel-like atmosphere, soft painting techniques that resembles traditional Japanese paper called “Washi” are used on the surface of the raw concrete walls and ceilings.This original texture is created with resin sheets that are normally used as slip-
proof mats under carpets. These mats are cut to A4 size, attached to the interior walls and spray-painted. Once the sheets are removed, it appears to be the texture of traditional Japanese Washi paper.

Advantages:

This type of “hotel apartment” is a wonderful alternative to the existing hotel industry in central Tokyo. Plans are in place to increase these types of apartments in Tokyo with this apartment being the first test model for future projects. Due to websites like Airbnb, there has been an increase in popularity with these types of short-term apartment rentals. These are customers who are dissatisfied with traditional hotels and would like the comfort of a home while traveling along with a truly unique experience when visiting Tokyo.

Future:

During the 1980’s, Japan’s economic bubble created a host of “Pencil Buildings”. These were tall, slender structures built to utilize small plots of land in Tokyo for maximum profitability. This project will rejuvenate these already existing structures breathing in new life to old utilitarian buildings generated by the city long ago.

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