Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

Today’s J-blip: Ikea pops up all over Cat Street

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Moved by the plight of homeless people in Tokyo Ikea Japan has … Making a bold commentary on the rabbit-hutches that Tokyoites have been conditioned to tolerate, Ikea Japan has …   Doing a spin on pop-up shops, Ikea Japan has invaded hinter Harajuku and wedged 14 “galleries” into various nooks and crannies on Cat Street. With a name that plays on the Japanese word for “gap,” Sukima Gallery is not only a clever way to bring a catalog to life and showcase Ikea interiors in the city (all the Ikea stores are located in the suburbs), but also an inspired social media campaign: Choose which one you like with an ”ii nee” and then enter a lottery for a chance to win a gallery of Swedish stuff. Naturally, some assembly will still be required. Launched on July 31, the event ends Aug. 5.

What rolled in with the DesignTide

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

DesignTide exhibition and market opened for business last Saturday and we went along Monday to check out the sleek and sexy new objects on show at Tokyo Midtown.

The or-ita allows you to easily fold corrugated cardboard

The or-ita allows you to easily fold corrugated cardboard

At the top of our wish list was the or-ita by Makoto Orisaki/inter_works Lab.’s, an awesome tool that allows you to cut into corrugated cardboard and form creases that then enable you to mold the cardboard into interesting shapes.


Naoki Kawamoto’s Orishiki and Mic*Itaya’s lamps

Still on a folding tip, Naoki Kawamoto’s cool Orishiki, which unfold and easily fold back into solid containers. I tried out the glasses case and it proved surprisingly easy to manipulate despite its complex look.

Folds surfaced yet again with Mic*Itaya updated versions of traditional Japanese lamp designs (above right). The lamps not only look modern but also are designed to switch themselves off and on again when you clap your hands. (Well, they’re designed to do that, but in reality this function only worked sporadically.)

Daisuke Motogi's Lost in Sofa and Yuki Yamamoto's ReLine chair

Daisuke Motogi’s Lost in Sofa and Yuki Yamamoto’s ReLine chair

Tou's glove scarf

Tou’s glove scarf

In terms of furniture, Daisuke Motogi‘s Lost in Sofa got our vote for the most innovative concept. The sofa’s rather suggestive tag line is “anything can be inserted anywhere,” and as you can see from the photo, that’s true!

We also liked Yuki Yamamoto’s ReLine series of chairs, which are designed to physically represent mathmatical formulas when viewed in profile. Made from tubing normally used for medical purposes, they’re also super comfortable.

Lastly, Tou’s lovely knitwear (right), on sale at the Design Market near the exit, caught our eye. Humorous and trendy, we liked the long hand scarf pictured but the arrow design was also a bit hit.


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