On Design for June 2008

This month’s edition of my “On Design” column was published last week in The Japan Times, and can be read online here. I covered the Tepra Pro label writer, PORE’s Lessev, the Plus Minus Zero Fan, Fumie Shibata’s fumfum magazine holder, and Tokujin Yoshioka’s TO Automatic watch.

Art Books Stores

Nadiff Re-opens Soon


For everyone who’s missed the Nadiff art bookshop, it re-opens next week (July 7) in a new art building in Ebisu that will also be the new home of Magical Artroom and G/P Gallery. More details at Art Space Tokyo.


Digiki’s Encore Music


Digiki has just released a new EP through Tokyo Fun Party, Encore Music. It’s available for download from all the major online stores, and you’ll find the links here.

Art Events

Shantell Martin and Her Wacom

Shantell Martin sure likes to use her Wacom tablet when she does live performances and events, so much so that Wacom ended up doing a case study on her. Read the whole interview here.

Design MoCo Loco

This Week at MoCo Loco


This week in my weekly Tokyo post for MoCo Loco: the Lamp base stand from 100%, Kyouei‘s exhibition and prototypes, and the “Dinner Party of the Dead” exhibition.


Tokyo’s Guerilla Gardening


Tokyo guerilla gardening in action. Via Boing Boing.

Design Film Photography

Palla Poster Update


Over the past few months I know a few of you have asked about the Palla poster that was being offered as part of the “A Swarm of Angels” project. I’d ordered one — same as many of you — back in August of last year. I’ve been in touch with both Palla and Matt Hanson (the creator of the project) and it looks like despite a few hiccups along the way, they are working hard to rectify the problem.

For more on the whole situation, have a look at this post Matt wrote yesterday.


PingMag: RFID Aesthetics


PingMag covers RFID aesthetics. This has got to be their most esoteric topic yet, but interesting none the less.

Events Meta

July PauseTalk Canceled

I’m afraid I’m having to cancel the July edition of PauseTalk (Vol. 23) because, well, I’ll be out of the country. I’m heading to the US and Canada for three weeks — first time back in three years — and even though I was hoping to leave a bit later, circumstances made it impossible.

Apologies to those who were hoping to attend, as well as to Chris Kirby, who will be having an exhibition at Cafe Pause at the end of the month (June 30 to July 7), and was going to present his works. He’ll be having an informal reception on the evening of July 4 (Friday) at cafe, so come join us then.

PauseTalk will be back the following month, to be held August 4.

Design Magazines

Kateigaho International 20


The current issue of Kateigaho International (20) has a feature on interior design, kicking off with interviews of Simplicity, Super Potato, Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall), and Akihito Fumita, conducted by the likes of Gelman, Gwenael Nicolas, and Mark Dytham.

I contributed the descriptions for these six studios: Tekuto, Torafu, Assistant, Cafe, Graf, and Gift.