Petition against Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Pritzker lauretes Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have launched a petition against the construction of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which is to be designed by Zaha Hadid. It was originally initiated by a renowned anthropologist Shin-ichi Nakazawa, and Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have joined the protest. They have pointed out the fact that 1) the selection process is unclear, 2) the construction process is unclear, 3) the excessive cost, and 4) neglecting the historic environment.

Ito and Maki have proposed an alternative plan which is to renovate the existing stadium. The cost of the renovation is estimated to be less than half the cost of building the Olympic stadium.


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Mugs for Starbucks Japan by Nendo

Nendo has added a graphic to the base of a white Starbucks coffee mug which looks like the surface of a coffee drink. It looks as if it is full when it is put upside down. Three different types are available: mug americano, mug latte, and mug caramel macchiato. The mugs will be released in Starbucks throughout Japan.






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UnBrella by Hiroshi Kajimoto for h concept


Hiroshi Kajimoto has created the “UnBRELLA,” an upside down, inside out umbrella for Japanese design company h concept. Since it is inside out, the wet side is inside when it is folded – useful and practical in a crowded area. It also stands itself without any support. Currently available only in Japan.

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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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“Shupua” is a collection of cups and glasses made from silicone. It is manufactured by Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd, and designed and sold by h concept. The special material that has high transparency makes it look like a real glass. It is unbreakable, easy to get a grip on, and doesn’t form condensation – due to the material. 1800 Japanese yen (around 18 US dollars) for cups and 2200 Jpaanese yen (around 22 US dollars) for the glasses.



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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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Japan Handmade

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: KaikadoHosooKanaami-TsujiNakagawa MokkougeiKohchosai KosugaAsahiyaki.

Japan Handmade Digest from Hosoo on Vimeo.



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Lessev Mobile Station

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.





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Rolu by Metaphys

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)
Weight: 240g
Material: Brass, aluminum, ABS





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Display Cleaner by Tent

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.





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