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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. Japanese design shop

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Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture

“Japanese design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture” has been released by Tuttle Publishing. It gives a unique view on Japanese design through a foreigner’s perspective, from traditional design such as Kimono and Ukiyoe to modern design, for example, “Butterfly Stool” by Sori Yanagi. This is not one of those books that attempts to explain everything about Japanese design. Instead, it examines “Japanese design” by looking into traditional Japanese cultural concepts such as “Wabi”, “Sabi”, “Iki”, and “Ma”. This relatively small 160-page book explains the foundation of foreigners’ admiration of Japanese culture and aesthetics. It contains over 200 images of Japanese architecture and objects to accompany a range of analyses on what … Continue reading

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Stamug by Metaphys

Mug cups tend to take up space when stored in the cupboard. However, Stamug is a stackable mug cup that can be stored while taking up very little space. It is also large enough so that it could be used for drinking soups.

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Trace Face Light

Artisans in Seto, Aichi created a lampshade which looks like knitted textile. It is not glazed, which gives a natural feeling to the lampshade.

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Bird Suzuki-Mohei-Shoten

Bird is a bird shaped chochin or latern manufactured by Suzuki-Mohei-Shoten, one of the oldest chochin manufacturers in Japan. It is made to keep itself from being knocked down. The lamp comes with a LED, which makes it possible to have a simulated flickering flame just like a real candle. It features a sound sensor, which enables it to switch on and off itself.

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The Society for a Design Museum Japan was founded in September 2012 by designer Issey Miyake and by Masanori Aoyagi, art historian and director-general of The national Museum of Western Art. Its aim is to spread awareness of the importance of design in Japan, and to build momentum toward the foundation of a national museum of design in Japan. The Society will remain active until a concrete plan for the museum’s foundation takes shape. We look forward to your participation.(designmuseum.jp)

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An aircraft body design contest commemorating the 60th anniversary of ANA

●Entry period: – September 30 (Sun), 2012 (Entries submitted by post must arrive by the 30th.(Japan Calendar) ●Entries open to: Anyone may enter. (Both professionals and amateurs are welcome.) (Multiple entries permitted ) Entries must be original, unreleased works and all copyrights must belong to the entrant. ●Categories: 1. Age 12 and under        2. Age 13 – 18      3. Age 19 and up ●Entry Form: The entry form can be downloaded from this website. Enter using A3 size (width 297 mm ×height 420 mm) or smaller paper. ▼Download Entry Form here. *NOTE: ADOBE READER is required to view PDF files. Click on the icon at right to download the software (Free). ▼Download Illustrator … Continue reading

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Mainichi design prize 2011

The Mainichi design prize is an annual award given to outstanding Japanese designers, and the winners of this year have been annouced today. Product designer Fumie Shibata is well-known for her ergonomic design of medical devices. Another winner is graphic designer Kazunari Hattori. His graphic images taking advantage of visual effects have been widely praised. “Thermometer” by Fumie Shibata Posters designed by Kazunari Hattori

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Reprint edition of a classical Mitsuya cider

Asahi Soft drinks will release a reprint edition of Mitsuya Cider on March 27th. The design and recipe are based on Mitsuya Cider which was sold in 1969. Mitsuya Cider is the oldest Japanese non-alcoholic cider first sold in 1884. It is a natural drinks without preservatives or artificial flavors.

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L’eau D’issey Pour Homme

Issey Miyake will release “L’eau d’issey pour homme” on April 22nd in Japan.  The theme is “A trip to the lagoon”.  It was created by perfumer Jacques Cavallier.  Yuzu and mandarin are used for the top notes, cardamon and sage for the middle notes, and vetiver and ambergris for the base notes. via: excite/ism

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