Tag Archives: Japanese designs

Fluorescent Chrysanthemum at ICA

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Like 2016, 1968 was a turbulent year with seismic social and political change taking place across the globe. It was the year when the civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated; Apollo 8 and three US astronauts orbited the moon; 800,000 students, teachers and [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art, British art and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, ICA, graphic design, Japanese art, British art, Fluorescent Chrysanthemum


New product ranges from Japan

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

Katamaku - an upcycled stationery and product range
 
In the last 2 months, we added three new product ranges from Japan, including: upcycled stationery by KATAMAKU, textile products by Tenp, and Sola cube and Sola Zukan by Sola.

During my trip to Japan earlier this year, I met up with Japanese architect Shimon [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Nature, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Contemporary crafts, Designers at work, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, stationery, nature, contemporary crafts, sola cube, tenp10, katamaku, sashiko weaving


Mino washi from Gifu exhibition

Posted on November 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mino washi paper exhibition at The Proud Archivist
 
I have been wanting to visit Mino in Gifu Prefecture in Central Japan for a while. My motive is to do with none other than paper, as Mino is renowned for traditional Japanese paper making.
The origin of Mino washi can be traced back to the [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Paper craft, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, paper craft, The Proud Archivist, washi


Design & stationery shopping in Western Tokyo

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
d47 design travel store and Tomio Koyama Gallery at Hikarie
 
Shibuya
d47 design travel store (Hikarie 8F 2-21-1 Shibuya) - Muji is now an international brand that many non-Japanese are familiar with, but in Japan, d & department Project is the fastest-growing household and lifestyle brand in recent years. Established in 2000 by the [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, books and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide, bookshops


Design & stationery shopping in Eastern/Central Tokyo

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Toothpicker

My final two Tokyo entries are on shopping, so I hope this will delight a few readers. I have written another entry under the same title 2 years ago, so this is an update/addition to the previous blog entry (click here to read). This entry will focus on Eastern and Central Tokyo:
 
Kuramae
On [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Japanese stationery, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, stationery, shopping, Shopping guide


Tokyo graphics

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Graphic design is a visual communication tool, and it is more complex than most people realise. As a graphic design student at uni, I was profoundly influenced by Japanese graphic design. Now that my main focus is on product designs, I still can't help noticing and forming judgements on graphics seen in [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Packaging, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Japanese designs, Packaging, graphic design


The art of letter writing

Posted on November 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

New paper stationery by Kuroyagiza from Japan
 
Can you remember the last time you received a handwritten letter from someone? I can't (postcards don't count). Have we lost the art of letter writing? Did you ever have pen pals when you were younger? In recent years, authors, designers and retailers are trying to [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Korean stationery, Japanese stationery, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, letter writing


Tent London 2014

Posted on October 6, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top: Danish made; Bottom left: 100% Norway; Bottom right: visitors relaxing outside on a warm Sept day
 
This year, I was surprised by the number of Asian designers participating at Tent London. I ended up spending about 3 hours there and chatted to many designers, which left me feeling quite exhausted and [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Contemporary crafts, Korean design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Tent London, Taiwanese design, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival


Albert Kahn Museum and gardens

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

Traditional Japanese garden
 
In recent years, nature has become an important part of my life. Even though I still enjoy cultural activities in different cities, I also have the 'need' to connect with nature when I am in London or during my travels.
As I spend more time in nature, I also became interested [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Paris, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks and was tagged with Japanese designs, paris, gardens, Albert Kahn


Japanese cultural events in London

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Being one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, it is easy to find different arts and cultural events in London including many Asian-related ones.
Since June I have attended several Japanese cultural events which offer a glimpse of the past, current and future arts scene in Japan. As someone [...]

This post was posted in London, Talks, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art, Japanese art and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, talks, graphic design, Japanese art, illustrations, theatre


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