SONY will release “LLS-201″, a wireless storage device on April 30th. It comes with NFC (Near Field Communication), and the device can receive data files such as pictures and videos from mobile devices just by one tap.
Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Inputs and Outputs: USB 2.0, Memory Stick Duo, SD memory card, HDMI output
Supported formats: JPEG, MPO, RAW, AVCHD, MP4, MPEG2, SD, MOV, 3GPP(3GPP2), AVI, MPEG1
Dimension: 172 x 172 x 32mm.
Price: 30,000 Yen or around $335.
Japanese manga artist Hirohiko Araki and Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini collaborated for Gucci’s 2013 window displays. It is titled “Jolyne, Fly High with Gucci”, and the design will be used for Gucci’s stores around the world until February 2013.
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.
British Council and E&Y will host an exhibition “Mark-ing”, which takes place in London between January 10th – 25th, 2013. Participants from Japan are: Makoto Orisaki, Koichi Okamoto, Jo Nagasaka, Ryuji Nakamura, Risa Fukui, Koichi Futatsumata, Yuri Suzuki, and Maiko Kurogouchi.
“Fuyu” is the lightest and thinnest wooden tableware (lacquerware) designed by Kosho Tsuboi, and manufactured by Kunio Motoyoshi and Yagi Shigeru. The manufacturing process is based on Yamanaka lacquerware, special manufacturing techniques developed in Nigata, Japan. Kosho Tsuboi was formally known as Hironao Tsuboi, who has received numerous awards, including the red dot award (Germany), the D&AD Global Award (UK), and the Good Design Award.
Japanese design studio Nendo has designed a furniture collection titled “Splinter”. The inspiration of the collection comes from a piece of wood which was peeled away from wooden stems. It is produced by Conde House, a Japanese manufacturer based in Asahikawa.
MUJI is currently exhibiting “Sweet Sweet House” at their flagship store in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Using “Hexenhouse (Cookie House)” kits, which are available at most MUJI stores in Japan, they created “Sweet Sweet Town”. A live broadcast of this event is available here, and see more images on their facebook page.
Louvre-lens by SANAA + imrey culbert now complete (designboom)
Conceived in 2003 and now complete in lens, france, is the ’louvre-lens museum’, another venue to the paris location designed by japanese firm SANAA, new york and paris-based imrey culbert, landscape designer catherine mosbach and museographer studio adrien gardère.
Daisuke Motogi has designed “Flip table” for Sixinch Japan. The wooden frames can either be put vertically or horizontally so that you can change the table height. The prototype of this table was originally exhibited at Designtide Tokyo 2011, and now went into production.
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