Previously of Ustwo, Alvaro Arregui is a fairly recent new addition to the Tokyo creative scene, where he has launched his own studio, Studio Nuevo. This Canvas post gives you a good look at the beautiful logo he produced for the studio, and he also shares news that their taking in internships.
The latest Mori megaplex finally opened its doors earlier this week in Ginza, and it’s looking swanky. In terms of branding, what Murakami did for Roppongi Hills, Ginza Six instead gets a dotted Yayoi Kusama treatment. Take a look at a few of the highlights from Time Out Tokyo — the rooftop terrace is supposed to be pretty great.
If the Muji Hut isn’t mobile enough for you, how about Kengo Kuma‘s Jyubako for Snow Peak? The bare bones trailer home is actually a bit more expensive than Muji’s offering, at 3.5 million yen, and to me looks a bit too utilitarian. I’ll take a Muji Hut, thanks. More details in this Spoon & Tamago post.
I want a Muji Hut. Sure, it’s rather pricey at 3 million yen (around $30,000), which includes the construction costs, but still, I imagine this little thing somewhere on a mountain, to relax in. They go on sale this fall (Japan only).
The new episode of Toco Toco TV is out, and as expected it covers Editmode, the company behind the fantastic The King of Games line of game-related clothing. I love everything that Editmode produces, and loved seeing them talk about what inspires them, and how they got their start (and seeing them visit some of their favorite spots in Kyoto). There’s also a little peek at the new BitSummit tee they’re producing for next month’s edition — they produce the event’s tee every year — and again, I pray to the gaming gods that I’ll somehow manage to get my hands on one.
My buddy Duncan — a UK designer based in Tokyo — always comes up with the most delightful yet simple of ideas, and his latest one follows his M.O. to a tee. Tobiishi is a “stepping stone” to let you take a step in your genkan to answer the door.
It’s always interesting to find out who is responsible for graphics that you’ve seen out and about, and so I liked finding out from this Canvas post that the graphic identity for Tokyo Designers Week 2012 (pictured, with more here, and that I very much remember seeing) was produced by Airside Nippon.
My buddy Ian Lynam is simply one of the smartest people I know on this planet, and when he writes something, you should pay attention. His latest zine — which you can order online from his Wordshape webstore — acts as a guide to new graphic design graduates. I also highly recommend his Start Somewhere zine, which sorta inspired me to get writing again (which led to the rebirth of this here blog).
This video produced for the promotion of an app to manage the exchange of business cards (called Eight) is pretty mesmerizing to watch. Via Tokyo Soup.