Japanese designs

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Yokosuka Museum of art

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

Yokosuka museum of art
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my original itinerary in Japan was altered at the last minute, and I had to go alone without my travel companion and cancelled all the pre-booked accommodations.
Fortunately, I managed to rebook my entire trip one day before my departure; and a few days [...]

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Tokyo's surviving & endangered Modernist architecture

Posted on June 13, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan
 
Japan is a country that deeply respects its traditions and heritage. Architectural conservations efforts by the authority could be seen at the Edo Tokyo open air architectural museum (read my previous entry). Yet is it too little, too late? In fact, due to rapid growth and urbanisation of Tokyo [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with Tokyo, Architectural conservation, Brutalism, modernist architecture, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese architecture


Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
No matter how many times I have visited Tokyo, there would always be interesting sights or attractions that I have yet to visit. And on this trip, I visited the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum in the western suburbs of Tokyo for the first time. Situated close to the Ghibli Museum [...]

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Musashino Place: The ideal library

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
While I was in Tokyo, I met up with the Japanese architect/ director behind a brand that we will be launching soon. I mentioned to him that I would be visiting the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum, and he recommended a visit to the nearby Musashino Place in Musashino City.
Designed by kw [...]

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Tokyo's Contemporary Architecture

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo Midtown by Tadao Ando
 
It is not hard to understand why architecture enthusiasts love Tokyo. The metropolis showcases myriad of alluring post-war architecture, and it would be a shame not to check out some of the city's most original and conspicuous designs by internatioanlly renowned architects.
In the next [...]

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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 [...]

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