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Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
As part of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the adorably cute character will be celebrated in numerous ways, including a birthday party, Hello Kitty Con and her first-ever museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum...
STYLE
Black Weirdos Meets Twin Peaks for A/W 14
For their A/W 2014 collection, Japanese label Black Weirdos has gone deep into Ghostwood Forest. The delightfully odd menswear brand has created a line that is inspired by all things Twin Peaks—no doubt scaring and thrilling fans of the show. There...
DESIGN
London Design Festival 2014: Fresh Staples
Our previous look at this year's London Design Festival highlighted a few select newcomers for 2014, but equally exciting are the shops, satellite fairs and institutions you come to count on during any city's annual design week. Below are some of...
CULTURE
Anime-Inspired Art by Mayi Bashou Wang
As early as in the 1920s, China saw the first experiments in the world of manga and animation thanks to the introduction of lithographic printing derived from the West. The later years of political turmoil prevented the new industry from growing...
STYLE
Japanese-Influenced Ties by Kiriko
As we've seen in previous products from the Portland-based project of co-founders Dawn Yanagihara and Katsu Tanaka, Kiriko holds a deeply personal connection to each of the pieces that they create. Take for example, the new Kazuyuki line of ties...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Video: Takashi
Manhattan's West Village restaurant, Takashi, isn't your average barbecue joint. To learn more, we spoke with Chef Takashi about preparing beef cuisine, quite literally, from nose to tail. Blending Korean and Japanese flavors and cooking traditions...
FOOD-DRINK
Cool Hunting Video: John Daley of New York Sushi Ko
John Daley—chef and co-owner of the newly opened New York Sushi Ko on the Lower East Side of New York City—spoke with us while prepping for a night's omakase service. Daley, who cut his teeth at some of the most notorious Japanese restaurants in...
FOOD-DRINK
Tokyo Banana Pie
If you've ever had the good fortune to travel through Tokyo's Narita Airport, you wouldn't have missed the stacks of Tokyo Banana Pies in the shops, sitting among all the tasty treats for friends back home. These small vanilla sponge cakes filled...
STYLE
Kiriko
Since its inception in December 2012, Kiriko—a joint project between graphic designer Dawn Yanagihara and Compound Gallery owner Katsu Tanaka—has taken off. A mere four months after Yanagihara and Tanaka decided to start producing handmade scarves...
CULTURE
The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame
In book design, provocation is the name of the game. Intrigue the reader enough to pick up the work and open it—this is a process that Chip Kidd has turned into an art. From David Sedaris' "Naked" to the English-language version of Haruki Murakami...
DESIGN
Folk Fibers Indigo Wholecloth Collection
Maura Grace Ambrose is known chiefly as a sage of 21st-century quilting. From her home in Austin, Texas, the young Savannah College of Art and Design graduate hand-sews gorgeous, oversized quilts from scraps and new materials, injecting the traditional...
DESIGN
Made in Japan
American architect Naomi Pollock curates a selection of 100 products that embody contemporary Japanese object design in her new book, "Made in Japan." Her selections show what adherents of the Japanese aesthetic have known for some time—that...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Miya Ando
The anodization of aluminum—a process common in everything from carabiners to satellites to medical equipment—is yet another factory method to fall under the provenance of fine art. Miya Ando's work, created through a process of dip...
FOOD-DRINK
Rau Om
"It's very much like a creamy cheese, a blue cheese or a brie—it just has an incredible mouth feel," says Rau Om's Dang Vu. He's talking about tofu misozuke, a preserved version of tofu that is cured in miso to create a spreadable, long-life...
CULTURE
Eri Imamura
A serial experimenter, Eri Imamura's work marries disparate elements of mythology, Native American beadwork and tattoo culture to create life-sized textile sculptures. Collectively, they deal with man's delicate relationship with nature, his propensity...
TRAVEL
787 Washlets
Dimming windows, exotic lightweight materials, improved fuel economy, mood-setting dynamic LED lights, massive overhead storage—there is no shortage of impressive amenities aboard Boeing's long-awaited 787. Perhaps our favorite innovation to...
CULTURE
Institute of Intimate Museums
A collection of dioramas by artist Kenji Sugiyama, "Institute of Intimate Museums" proved to be one of the most engaging displays at Scope Basel 2012. Spanning the artist's output from 1999 to 2008, the works serve as clever variations on traditional...
DESIGN
Data.Anatomy [Civic]
Derived from the data set of the latest Honda Civic model, the new sonic and visual installation by the Paris-based Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, "data.anatomy [civic]" was unveiled last week at the stunning post-industrial venue Kraftwerk Berlin...
CULTURE
SymbiosisO: Voxel
A bright blue interactive installation has taken over the walls of Issey Miyake's Tribeca storefront. Composed of grids of hexagonal pads or "voxels", Symbiosis0: Voxel responds to body heat or "artifacts" left by users who touch its textile surface...
STYLE
Isaora Tech Blazer and Vest
Always one to challenge the norm in lifestyle and performance outerwear, NYC-based Isaora has once again taken a conventional piece and transformed it into something truly their own. With the 2.5-Layer Tech Blazer with removable Pertex Insulated...
STYLE
132 5. by Issey Miyake
Having built his reputation on merging fashion with technology and methods of design far beyond conventional garment construction, Issey Miyake continues to move his now venerable house into new realms of womenswear. "Designers must not think egotistically...
TECH
Brain Pulse Music
In the wake of last year's devastating tsunami, artist Masaki Batoh sought to address the emotional wreckage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The multi-talented Batoh has combined two decades of acupuncture work with his career as head...
DESIGN
Binchotan Toothbrush
From water bottle filters to ch'i-balancing bracelets, the natural cleansing power of Binchotan charcoal takes on many forms, but Morihata's "black toothbrush" may be the most useful application yet. The nylon bristles on the polypropylene toothbrush...
DESIGN
Crystal Forms
The artistic work of Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka and Japanese brand Blanc Bijou were on show at Maison et Objet, illustrating two aspects of the innovative potential of crystal. Elected designer of the year at the show, Yoshioka's experience...
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