I have lots of fond memories of the 21_21 Design Sight, from the excitement when it was first announced — I mean, a building designed by Tadao Ando, and led by Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh, and Naoto Fukasawa, holy shit — to getting to work with them a couple of times through PechaKucha, by way of a kids workshop and event as part of the “Design Ah!” exhibition and Roppongi Art Night 2013, and then another event the following year. Not only are they celebrating 10 years — time sure flies — but they’re also converting the restaurant space that was on the left side of the main entrance to a new gallery space. Via Spoon & Tamago.
I’ve mentioned Tokyo-based illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz a couple of times now (for his “Cold in Yokohama” series and a recent ramen shop illustration), and now Spoon & Tamago gives a little love as well by highlighting his wonderful “Tokyo Storefront” series. Such great work.
It opened back in 2015, but Spoon & Tamago has a post up showing off the beautiful co-working space MTRL Kyoto. The space even has laser cutters and 3D printers — no big surprise since its owned by Loftworks, the company behind the FabCafes.
Street fashion magazine Fruits has just published its final issue (pictured). The reason? According to the magazine’s founder (and editor, and chief photographer) Shoichi Aoki, there just aren’t enough “cool kids” out on the streets anymore. Sad indeed. This Spoon & Tamago post has more details on the magazine’s closure.
This is a pretty amazing story, of a train station in the Osaka suburbs that was built around — yes, surrounding — a tree. Read the whole story over at Spoon & Tamago.
Spoon & Tamago’s latest addition to its Tokyo Guide is a tour of Shimbashi by illustrator Shinji Tsuchimochi, who you’ll remember was recently featured in an episode of Toco Toco TV.
I don’t receive New Year cards (nengajo) like I used to — although I still enjoy looking at a lot of them, courtesy of Spoon & Tamago and 8-4. In fact, I only received two this year, but they were both from people I love so much. Up top is the card sent by design crew AQ, who decided to be a bit sly with the rooster theme, and peacock it up a bit. Below, the card from my loving Tokyo family of Klein Dytham architecture, as spicy as ever.
Tsumiki is a beautiful new wood block stacking toy, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma (designer of the 2020 Olympic Stadium). More details and photos in this Spoon & Tamago post.
Fuck hand-drip coffee, here’s the arrival of hand-drip green tea, which you can get at this newly opened — and beautifully minimalist in design — cafe in Sangenjaya, called Tokyo Saryo. More details and photos in this Spoon & Tamago post.
Spoon & Tamago has posted its annual round-up of New Year cards sent out by designers/design offices, and as always, it’s a great collection of imagery that celebrates that year’s animal, which this year is the rooster. Pictured, the card sent out by illustrator Minoru Arita. I can’t wait for the 8-4 PLAY blog to share its annual round-up of New Year cards sent out by Japanese game companies.