Design Events

"Light – Light" in Tokyo

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Curiosity‘s “Light – Light” installation, first shown in Milan last year, is now on show at a Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo until April 5. Designboom only mentions that it’s at the Louis Vuitton store in Shibuya-ku, which I assume would be the flagship store on Omotesando.


PauseTalk Vol. 28

Yes, I’m extremely late with my write-up on the February 2009 edition of PauseTalk (Vol. 28), but then again, it gives me the opportunity to plug the next edition, which happens this coming Monday (March 2, from 20:00 at Cafe Pause). I’d like to thank everyone who came to the last one and made it so enjoyable — and nicely crowded. I honestly can’t remember what was covered, but I assure you it was all good.

Below, a partial list of those who attended, because I didn’t properly keep track of everyone who came. If you’re missing from the list, please let me know and I’ll add it right away — and apologies for being the senile entity that I am.

Design Stores

Working: Postalco

Tramnesia adds another great video to its “Working” series. It’s another international couple — following Knee High Media — this time Mike and Yuri Abelson, who run the stationery brand/company Postalco. I’ve seen their products all over the city, but didn’t realize they had a shop of their own — it’s in Kyobashi — which I’ll have to check out soon. Always nice to see small companies like this doing so well.


We Don’t Need Fake!!!

Josh McKible is busy: on top of the recent poster for Cafe Pause and label for the original tea blend, now he’s also collaborating with papercraft legend Shin Tanaka. Josh was invited to participate — along with six other designers — in a project called “We Don’t Need Fake!!!” To help keep things “real and original,” download the designs here.

And if you haven’t done so already, have a look at the latest batch of NaniBirds, ready to be printed and folded.

Design Events

The Design Entrepreneur

Design aficionados take note: Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, co-authors of the book The Design Entrepreneur, are giving a free lecture at Spazio in Ebisu on March 13. More details on the sign-up page.

Art Events


Another great show at Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama, this time “Paranomia,” featuring collaborative works by Chinese artist Chi Peng and creative director Kensui Arao. It runs until May 10.

Design MoCo Loco

This Week at MoCo Loco

My weekly Tokyo post for MoCo Loco is up, this time covering Mile‘s “Whose Leg?” mini-lampshade, Nendo‘s exhibition in NYC (above), and Hidetoshi Takahashi’s Cara and Kami wooden cups.


The New King of Combini in Tokyo

According to Japan Probe, Japanese convenience store chain Lawson is about to purchase rival chain AM/PM. 7-11 remains the monster chain in Japan, but in Tokyo at least, the new deal would give Lawson 1,795 stores versus 7-11’s 1,602.

I love my Japanese convenience stores, oh yes I do.

Cafes Events Meta

Cafe Pause 5th Anniversary Party Photos

As promised, a few photos taken at the party we had for the 5th anniversary of Cafe Pause last Saturday. All photos were taken by Kei Suzuki — he was responsible for the visual/sound performance.

Art Cafes Events

Hiroaki and Takaaki Koshiba

Following Saturday night’s amazing 5th anniversary party at Cafe Pause — I’ll get photos up soon — on Sunday night we were treated to another performance by painter Hiroaki Koshiba, accompanied on guitar by his brother, Takaaki Koshiba. Photos taken on iPhone using the Toy Camera app.