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.
Update: Europe is getting in on it as well, starting with mugs.
This 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..
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.
This is what I looked like last week. I’ve had a haircut since.
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!
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.
- 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.