In 2011, Isetan Mitsukoshi launched the project “Japan Senses” as a means to communicate the charms and beauty of Japanese culture.
In celebration of the 60th birthday of jewelry designer Osamu Shudo, winner of this year’s Medal with Yellow Ribbon, Tokyo Midtown holds the designer’s first solo exhibit. Open from today until the 8th of December at Isetan Salone.
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company hosts an exhibit of local Hello Kitty designs in Uchisaiwaicho of the Tokyo area. Open until June 30. Hakuhodo handled the exhibit design.
Kohchosai Kosuga says, “The one thing that remains the same is our mission to expand the possibilities of bamboo and elevate its value.”
Kaikado specializing in handmade tea caddies welcomes its 140th anniversary and its collection of tea caddies became a part of the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Hosoo, specializing in Nishijin weaves, is making quite a name in the luxury brand market. Top-notch brands such as Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton have requested the company to handle the interior designs of their gorgeous boutiques.
In 2012, successors of Japanese traditional crafts came together to form the creative unit “Go On.” The unit’s mission is to preserve the skills and experiences of traditions and pave the way for the future.
KDDI lines up the first Japanese smartphone installed with Firefox OS.
Bottega Veneta has recently launched its new SNS project “#MyMomentAtOkura” as a means to promote awareness of beautiful historical buildings that are in danger of becoming extinct due to changes in lifestyles and the updating of architecture.
Zaha Hadid is a world-renowned architect who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and became the first and youngest woman to win the prize.
Isetan Shinjuku Men’s Building, opened in 1968 as the new facility for men, will update its symbolic tartan pattern from the “Black Watch” to the “Black Watch/Isetan Men's.”
Japanese brand mintdesigns holds an exhibit showcasing its collaboration collection with masking tape brand “mt.” Open until Sept 11 at Creation Gallery G8 in Ginza, Tokyo (address: 1F Recruit Ginza 8 Bldg. 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku).
CITIZEN won awards from two categories “Best Entertaining” and “Best Sound” at the international design exhibition Milano Salone held from Apr 8 to 13.
This year, Mitsukoshi celebrates 110 years since it became the first department store in Japan. In commemoration of the special anniversary, the store will renew the design of its shopping bags from Apr 1.
The solo exhibit of world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, who will design the New National Stadium serving as the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is to open at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. From Oct 18 to Dec 23.
Masaru Suzuki, textile designer for marimekko, presented new textiles in line with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, the illustrator and author of Moomin. The products are part of the project titled “Moomin Tribute Works”.
Sogo & Seibu Co., Ltd. will sell products designed in collaboration with Oki Sato-led design office “nendo.” The shopping space dubbed “by|n” lining up the products will open at the department stores starting April.
CITIZEN will participate in the international design exhibition Milano Salone for the first time. This year’s exhibit will be held from Apr 8. Through its participation, the brand seeks to appeal its products to a global customer base.
Ne-net will line up exclusive items designed using the brand character Nyaa. The special items are created in collaboration with traditional craftsmen and folk toy designers. To be in stores from Jan 31.
Towada Art Center will hold an exhibition titled “Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa SANAA” by international architect unit SANAA to commemorate its 5th anniversary. From Feb 1 until Mar 30.