Japanese designs

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 [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture


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 [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, library, Musashino Place, Japanese architecture


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 [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, Japanese architecture


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 craft, Korean design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, Tent London, Taiwanese design, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival


International furniture fair Singapore 2014

Posted on April 20, 2014 by Toothpicker

I was not aware of the International furniture fair Singapore (part of the Singapore design week) until I arrived in Singapore, and so I did not register beforehand. I visited the show on its opening day and a few hours before my flight with my suitcase (since the exhibition centre is situated [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Travel, Business, Trade fairs, Anything Japanese, Korean design, Singapore, Singapore design, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, furniture, Trade fair, Singapore, Singapore design


Our new theme: PLAY

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
In the past few years, I noticed a "back to basic" trend happening in the developed countries, and even in product designs, many designers have opted for less decorative style and creating products from natural material. Simple wooden toys also seem to have made a comeback, which I am quite happy to [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, paper craft, Taiwanese design, business


Garrison & the moreTrees project

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

 
A long overdue post on our 'last' product launch before the theme changes this week. Garrison was a brand I was introduced to at the Tokyo Gift Fair back in February.
After being introduced to different company directors who were all very formal and polite, it was quite refreshing to meet the passionate [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, eco designs, eco living, wood products


Natural and eco-friendly: Charcoal

Posted on August 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

Unlike other e-tailers, I rarely promote our products on this blog, but this time, I feel the need to write a bit more about charcoal and our newly launched product, Sumi eco KuKKu shoe deodorisers made from recycled charcoal paper. This is our second eco-friendly charcoal product from Japan, after Chikuno cube [...]

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Vintage Japanese & Chinese bookmarks

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

This month, I would like to 'show-off' some of my vintage stationery collection from both my childhood and travels. Even though I have loved stationery since I was a child, I never thought that I would be selling stationery one day, so life is really full of surprises sometimes!
Recently I found a [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Stationery, Japanese stationery, Chinese design, Graphics & illustrations, Anything Japanese, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, stationery, graphic design, chinese design, illustrations, vintage bookmarks


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