Japan Handmade is a collaboration between craftsmen in Kyoto and Danish consulting company CeO. THe aim is to promote Japanese handicrafts internationally. Japan Handmade crafts companies: Kaikado, Hosoo, Kanaami-Tsuji, Nakagawa Mokkougei, Kohchosai Kosuga, Asahiyaki.
Japan Handmade Digest from Hosoo on Vimeo.
IWATANI DESIGN PROJECT has released Lessev Mobile Station, which solves our everyday problems: tangled cables of mobile phones, tablet computers, digital cameras, etc. It also helps you to locate your chargers. It keeps your desk and room tidy and organized.
Rolu are memo papers on a roll. It was designed by Chiaki Murata for Metaphys. It is possible to cut the paper as you wish thanks to the dotted lines drawn every 10cm. The brass/aluminum holder functions as a paper weight and makes it easier to take notes. There are three colors available: Orange, black, and white.
Size: W93mm x H38mm x D74.5mm, φ65mm×H88mm (Memo papers)
Material: Brass, aluminum, ABS
Japanese design studio Tent has released Display Cleaner. It was inspired by a chalkboard eraser. Made of microfiber, it is perfect to use for almost any computer displays including tablet computers such as iPad. The yellow tag makes it possible to hang on a wall. It is washable, so you can use it over and over again. There are two types available: beech and walnut.
oodesign is an award winning design studio established by Taku Omura. “Floating Vase / RIPPLE” is their first commercial product. Shaped like ripples in water, “floating ripple vase” floats on water. All you have to do is fill a container with water, and place a single flower in the vase. It will float around with a help of the movement of the air. It is currently exclusively available at Japanese design shop for customers outside Japan.
Japanese design studio Tent released “Book on Book”. The transparent page holder keeps a book open while you are working on other tasks such as cooking, using a computer, etc. It is made of acrylic.
Issei Miyake and Relaity Lab. collaborated and released a series of lamps titled “In-EI ISSEY MIYAKE”. “In-EI” means “light” and “shadow”, which is aesthetics traditionally appreciated in Japan. Recycled polyester used for the lamps is strong and does not require an internal structure, and at the same time, it is possible to fold it down when not in use. It is a winner of iF design award 2013.
“Kobito” was designed by Miyuki Fushitani, an interior design student at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. It is a set of a cup and a cup stand to use in a bathroom. The advantages of using the stand is that it keeps the cup dry, prevents the cup from getting dusty, and most importantly, makes you smile. “Kobito” has already been released by +d in Japan, and it will be available at jpdesign.org | Japanese design shop in the near future. Please send us an email with the subject “Kobito” if you wish to receive a notice when it is released. submit(a)jpdesign.org (please replace (a) with @ )
Size: W60×D23×H114mm(stand) W79×D79×H70mm(cup)
METAPHYS Tronc is a card stand, which not only holds postcards or business cards in order, but also utilizes information more efficiently by visualizing and positioning the importance of information. For example, important business cards can be put at a higher position.
Ever since the first days following the disastrous events that took place in Japan in March 2011, photojournalist Kazuma Obara has been visiting the sites and the people affected. He even visited the Fukushima power plant itself, where he talked to the workers involved. The series of portraits and interviews he produced is published for the first time in this publication.
Obara’s photographs offer touching insights about the consequences of the events surrounding Fukushima. Recollected in this book, they offer a long-term perspective and pose the question of responsibility. They bring to mind just how far-reaching the consequences of this catastrophe are, for the people on site as well as worldwide. This book thus offers a view that goes beyond the pure facts on site—Beyond Fukushima.
You can purchase the book here.