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Designboom Mart Tokyo 2007


Designboom will present its Mart concept again at this year’s edition of 100% Design Tokyo (October 31-November 4), and they’ve now posted info on how you can participate.


In Japan, Pantone Is a Brand


I never realized that the big push over the past year of Pantone as a brand — seen through totes, stationery, a line of phones for Softbank, and more recently with a t-shirt collection as part of Uniqlo’s UT Project — had been because of a concentrated effort to promote the brand in Japan. Momus reveals.

UpdateEurope is getting in on it as well, starting with mugs.


On Design for June 2007

jean snow gakugeibu on design tj11This month’s edition of my “On Design” column was in yesterday’s THE JAPAN TIMES, and highlights a few picks from the “Interior Lifestyle” show that took place earlier this month. In it, I cover the latest from METAPHYS, lights from Bunaco, chairs from Suwaru Style, Eau‘s Tree Jacket Hanger, the Waku-Work collection from Nissin, followed by a short round-up of other favorites..


PingMag: Zillion


PingMag interviews Tokyo-based David Guarino about his brand Zillion, in which he tries to “revive old Japanese traditions with a quite stylish street wear twist.”

Art Fashion Web

New TAB T-Shirts


Something has popped up on Paul “Tokyo Art Beat” Baron’s Flickr stream…

Anime Fashion Film

Prada Gets Animated

The upcoming animated sequel APPLESEED: EX MACHINA is set to include a touch of Prada.

It turns out that the ferocious-yet-feminine cartoon heroine of this John Woo-produced spectacle will be sporting a very special wardrobe designed by Miuccia Prada herself. Prada_ex_machinaApparently, the queen of streetwise luxury was impressed by the stunning 3-D graphics of the original film and leapt at the offer to work on this “cool, innovative and edgy” sequel.


Dead Serious


This is what I looked like last week. I’ve had a haircut since.

Magazines Meta Photography TB.Grafico

Photo Shoot at Cafe Pause


TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine is doing a profile piece on me, and this past week they sent a photographer to shoot me at Cafe Pause for the article. The photographer they chose was Takashi Yasumura, whose photobook, DOMESTIC SCANDALS, I had the great pleasure to leaf through between setups — the online images don’t do justice to the attractive color style used. The book is published by a small Tokyo-based publisher called Osiris run by Yoko Sawada, who also acts as an agent — she was on hand during the shoot — and was editor of a photography magazine in the nineties. I can’t wait to see how the shots turned out!


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Nicolas G. Hayek Center




The other day I passed by Swatch Group Japan‘s new Nicolas G. Hayek Center in Ginza, with a design headed by Shigeru Ban. I was in a hurry, so only had time to snap a few shots. The elevators — each one also acts as a showroom, and connects to one of the 7 stores — are rather cool, and I am looking forward to events at the exhibition space on the top floor. I wrote about the building for Gridskipper here.


Happening in Tokyo

  • Today marks the start of a new show at the Nakaochiai Gallery, “Gelobtes Land,” by artist Herr Schobel. It runs until July 14.
  • The JAPANAMERICA series of events celebrating the launch of the Japanese edition comes to an end this coming Tuesday (June 26, 18:30-20:30) with a talk at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan.
  • To celebrate the release of Studio 4C’s upcoming omnibus animated film GENIUS PARTY, a “Genius Party Extra” music event will be held at Air in Daikanyama on July 15 with DJ Ken Ishii. The movie opens July 7.