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Beige concept store designed by Nendo

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Japanese fashion brand Beige collaborated again with Nendo on the new multi-functional store concept for Tamagawa Takashimaya shopping centre in suburban Tokyo. Continue Reading…

Editor’s Pick: Pran Modular Sofa by Position Collective

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This week I have searched for a pair of sofas high and low to adorn my parlour. I know I am not alone is the quest for perfection. Continue Reading…

Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Gallery Pavillion Unveiled

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Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 has been constructed, ready for its opening to the public on Saturday. Continue Reading…

OMA’s new flagship store for Coach

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Above: Exterior view of the day. Image © OMA

OMA was inspired by the original systematic filing system at luxury leather retailer, Coach for their ninth flagship store in Omotesando in Japan. Continue Reading…

Sou Fujimoto to design Serpentine Pavilion 2013

The award winning Japanese Architect, Sou Fujimoto, has agreed to design the famous Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2013. Continue Reading…

The Milky Way in your living room

Tokyo Based Studio Niji have created this simple light using the latest lighting technology.  Shoji Katsume, director of the studio, designed the Lactea lamp. Lactea means ‘Milky Way’ in Latin and is designed to express balance and continuity.  Continue Reading…

ABC Balance Bike from 4ING+ Bathing Ape.

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Japanese bicycle manufacturer 4ING has joined streetwear giant A Bathing Ape to create a special edition ABC Balance Bike.

The “kick” bike is meant to be propelled by the rider’s feet, the collaboration sees the frame covered in one of Bape’s own signature camouflage prints while branding details can be found throughout. Finished off with black accenting, the diminutive two-wheeler is now available online from ZOZOTOWN in limited quantities.

Website: zozo.jp/shop/bapeland/

Issey Miyake ‘in-ei’ Lampshades

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Check the ‘in-ei’ collection of environmentally-minded, foldable lampshades developed by Issey Miyake for Italian lighting firm Artemide.

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We Like: Gentemstick Boards

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Japanese designer and inveterate snowboarder Taro Tamai has been hand-shaping his eye-catching Gentemstick boards for over a decade. An answer to the homogenization of board shapes that happened as snowboarding gained mainstream appeal, Tamai’s goal is no less than to “perfectly blend into the terrain miraculously made of snow and wind, just as if birds flying in the sky or fish flowing in the stream.” The upshot of his philosophical approach to the sport (he calls it snow-surfing) is a line of boards renowned for their flexible fins, oversized sized fish tails and rideability in almost any snow condition. Via:[CoolHunting]
Website:Taro Tamai
Website:www.gentemstick.com/en/

Pentagon / Hexagon Watch with a Soccer Ball Icon Design from &design

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A black pentagonal shaped panel and a white hexagonal shaped panel
brings a unique and casual look to a simple watch.
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LEGO for MUJI

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Part of MUJI’s concept is to go to the boundaries of design while maintaining their simple philosophy, which has made them a staple not only within Japan but also elsewhere. This latest project with the iconic block maker, LEGO is one example of how MUJI can appeal to new consumers as well as excite existing ones. The project has culminated in a collection of stationary items which combines LEGO’s traditional block’s in paper format providing something completely new to LEGO’s existing products. Via:(Slamxype)
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Cord-Chair by Nendo

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Japanese designers Nendo have created a chair made of hollowed-out pieces of wood covering a metal frame. Called Cord-Chair, the design incorporates hand-carved wooden components with metal rods slotted inside.

Nendo designed the chair for and exhibition of their work at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York called Ghost Stories. New Designs from Nendo. More info: Here
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Exploring Emerging Trends in The Design World, Opens October 27th at MADprojects Gallery New York

Japanese Design Team Nendo Unveils Four New Designs and Prototypes at Museum of Arts and Design
Latest Installment in MADProjects Gallery, Exploring Emerging Trends in Design World, Opens October 27, 2009
New York, NY (September 16, 2009)?The newest projects and prototypes from the renowned Tokyo-based design studio Nendo will be seen for the first time at the Museum of Arts and Design this October. From October 27 through January 10, 2010, Ghost Stories, New Designs from Nendo will transform the MADProjects Gallery on the Museum’s second floor into a magical landscape of new designs that imbue chairs, vases, and lamps with whimsy and optical illusion. Founded and led by Oki Sato, Nendo has garnered international attention and more than 45 design awards for its beautifully simple yet surprisingly humorous work in interiors, furniture, product design, graphics and architecture.
Ghost Stories, New Designs from Nendo, is the second exhibition in the MADProjects Gallery, which was launched in February 2009 with Totally Rad, a focused survey of the latest radiator designs, curated by Karim Rashid. Both timely and provocative, this ongoing program invites MAD curators, collaborators and leading voices in the field to explore emerging trends and innovations in design.
“Nendo’s breathtaking installation is an ideal fit for our MADProjects Gallery, which has become a spectacular space for us to showcase the newest, most original creations in design,” states Holly Hotchner, the Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design. “In debuting Nendo’s latest projects and showing their prototypes, we are giving visitors a chance to see into the design process behind some of the most original, cutting-edge works.”
The exhibition will include four new designs, accompanied by prototypes and videos that make imaginative use of new and traditional materials to surprise expectations:
The “Fade-Out” chair, a simple rectangular chair made from clear acrylic and painted with trompe l’oeil wood grain over most of the structure. The pattern fades away on the lower part of the chair legs to create the impression that the chairs are floating in space.
“Blown-Color” is an assembly of one-of-a-kind lamps made from Smash, a special polyester fabric that can be manipulated into different forms when heated and that retains its shape when cooled. The group created a series of lights in the style of vernacular Japanese chochin paper lanterns, but, rather than the traditional bamboo frame, the properties of Smash allowed Nendo to shape it like blown glass in one seamless piece.
“Cord-Chair” is a super thin wooden side chair that appears flimsy and breakable, yet is sturdy and indefinitely strong thanks to its hidden aluminum skeleton.
“Phantom-Waves” are a series of prototypes for a new vase. Each rectangular or cylindrical vase is constructed with polarized Mylar that creates the impression of solid horizontal discs that divide the vase into segments. The discs are, however, only an illusion caused by the polarized light-a flower stem or branch can be inserted “through” the seemingly solid disc, creating an intriguing illusion.
“So many products have been designed with only function in mind, it’s time to think more about the emotional response something evokes,” says Oki Sato, who named Nendo after a Japanese word for clay. “My inspiration is everyday life. I really enjoy those ‘Aha!’ moments-moments when something new or different gives you a pleasant surprise-and I want to share those moments with people.”
ABOUT THE MADPROJECTS GALLERY
The MADProjects Gallery, located on the 2nd floor, showcases emerging trends in contemporary design through a program of short-term exhibitions. Responding nimbly to new developments in design, the Museum invites guest curators to explore current themes, issues, and innovations in the field. Exhibitions introduce the work of young, up-and-coming designers as well as design pioneers, and explore advances in sustainable design.
MADProjects was launched in February 2009 with the exhibition Totally Rad, a focused survey on the newest radiator designs, curated by Karim Rashid.

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Japanese Design Team Nendo Unveils Four New Designs and Prototypes at Museum of Arts and Design.

The newest projects and prototypes from the renowned Tokyo-based design studio Nendo will be seen for the first time at the Museum of Arts and Design this October.

From October 27 through January 10, 2010, Ghost Stories, New Designs from Nendo will transform the MADProjects Gallery on the Museum’s second floor into a magical landscape of new designs that imbue chairs, vases, and lamps with whimsy and optical illusion. Founded and led by Oki Sato, Nendo has garnered international attention and more than 45 design awards for its beautifully simple yet surprisingly humorous work in interiors, furniture, product design, graphics and architecture.

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karimoku furniture and isolation unit at 100% Tokyo

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Karimoku Jjapanese furniture manufacturer have teamed up with design studio isolation unit  to produce a collection of products.

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The Washlet from Toto 21st Century Loo

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After years of squat lavatories where your toilet slippers – yes, there is special footwear for the purpose – would disappear into primitive plumbing, the Japanese have now perfected the washlet, a filth-free, high-tech fitting for temples of “personal comfort”. And innovative sanitaryware-maker Toto has emerged as one of the primary exporters of the 21st-century loo to the rest of the world.

In the land where “beautiful” literally means “clean”, it seems only natural that technology should be harnessed to create a truly modern lavatorial experience. It all started with an elementary warming of the seat but since then Japanese plumbing companies have been loading whistle and bell features on to their bathroom fittings.
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