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.
“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/)
Nendo has designed the new bottle for KENZO PARFUMES.
Here is the press release by Nendo.
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.
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.
G architects studio’s Ryohei Tanaka designed a “hotel apartment” in Azabujuban, Tokyo.
Here are the texts from the architect studio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Made with Duralumin A7075, this is one of the most exclusive iPhone cases available in the market. Since 2013, DAQ has released “Square” and “IRUAL” series. “The Slit” is specially designed for iPhone 6. It has ventilated openings to allow signal to pass through.
Material：Extra Super Duralumin A7075
Color：Black / Silver / Gold
The listed price is 2000$. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing one.
oodesign’s “Floating Vase / RIPPLE has been relaunched and improved. It is more resistant than the previous version, and also the price is 14.5$ (about 11.7 EUR), 30% lower than the previous product. It is currently exclusively available at Japanese design shop for customers outside Japan.
*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.
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
“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 characterizes “Japanese design”.
About the Author
Patricia J. Graham is an author, lecturer, and professional consultant on Asian art. She is a certied appraiser who works with private collectors, museums, attorneys, insurance companies, auction houses, and universities. Her books include Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art, 1600–2005, and Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha, both published by the University of Hawaii Press. Find out more from Patricia on patriciagraham.net
“Japanese design: Art, Aestetics & Culture” can be purchased here, and we will give away two copies to randomly selected winners among those who “liked” our facebook page from today!
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Over seventy artists are exhibiting their art work at a nine-story, soon-to-be demolished building in Tokyo. It is expected that many more older buildings in Tokyo will be demolished in the near future as they don’t have earthquake proof structures. The “BCTION” project offers unique opportunities for artists by making use of the dead space in the city.