Rough draft sketches turned into actual furniture by Daigo Fukawa
I’ve been going through a lot of student work this week (see it all here) and one of my favorites is this clever set of furniture that looks like rough sketches suddenly came to life. It’s enough to make you do a double-take, or to assume they’re just renderings. The collection, appropriately titled “rough sketch products” was created by art student Daigo Fukawa for his 2013 senior thesis exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts.
I’m not sure how comfortable these pieces are, but in terms of bringing ideas to life (quite literally) Daigo Fukawa takes the cake.
by Johnny on November 27, 2013
Keita Sagaki Covers the USA in Doodles
Manic doodler Keita Sagaki updated his portfolio with recent works and he appears to be shifting his focus to the USA. From afar, the 29-year old Tokyo-based artist creates work that appears to be fairly accurate sketches – nothing more, nothing less. But upon closer observation one realizes that each piece is actually composed of hundreds of cartoonish doodles that encompass entire canvasses.
Sagaki previously focused his efforts on recreating classical artwork like Greek sculptures and The Mona Lisa using wacky doodles. But his recent work would suggest he’s now seeking inspiration from iconic American landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, New York’s Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. Read more »
by Johnny from Spoon & Tamago
Welcome to the first issue of the Tokyo Paper Guide.
Tokyo Paper Guide is a guide book and travel zine about Tokyo fashion, culture and lifestyle.
The first issue reviews many of the main districts of Tokyo, including Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Aoyama, Roppongi, Tokoy, Ginza, Odaiba, Tokyo, Akihabara and Asakusa.
In future, we will cover other districts such as Hiroo, Shimokitazawa, Daikanyama, Kichijoji, Koenji, Bakurocho - and many more! The zine thoroughly explores Japanese culture and the local people’s lifestyle, covering their favourite spots and food as well as fashion. It covers many of the major places to visit, as well as some lesser known cafes, clothing shops, zakka and book stores, noodle places, cheap Izakayas, vegetarian restaurants, gardens and more.
This PDF is A5 size - best to upload to your iPad mini.
Tokyo Paper Guide is designed and edited by Papertrumpets and Mr Lemonade (jafflechutes.com).
Many of our awesome friends in Japan have contributed in the making of this guide (thank you amazing, talented good-looking friends!).
Have a great time in Japan!
Mamoris - a chair that transforms into a helmet
Safety, right under your butt. That’s actually the slogan for this new helmet. But, the designers weren’t joking around when they created Mamoris, a chair that transforms into a helmet. The name comes from the words mamoru (to protect) and isu (chair).
“You never know when a natural disaster like an earthquake might strike you,” says Yuji Ikawa, one of the co-founders. “We thought about how best to implement safety into our daily lives.” Realizing that chairs are not only ubiquitous but that they could also take inspiration from its shape and form, the designers created a helmet that doubles as the backrest of a chair. Read more »
Tokyo Art Meeting Ⅳ BUNNY SMASH design to touch the world
Tokyo Art Meeting presents new possibilities through chance encounters between contemporary art and expression in various genres.
This year, the exhibition will be held under the theme of “Art and Design”, introducing leading-edge creations by designers, artists and architects who take new approaches to information and environment from Japan and abroad to obtain deep understanding of the contemporary soceity.
Image : “Life Support” (2008) Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
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189 spinning CDs as phenakistoscopes used to create Sour’s new music video
After successfully crowd-funding their campaign on Kickstarter and GreenFunding (a Japanese equivalent), the band SOUR has released their latest music video. With the help of directors Masashi Kawamura and Kota Iguchi, the band filmed 189 spinning CDs as phenakistoscopes to create their entire animated video, “Life is Music.”
The song is about “the circle of life, and how music is its rhythm maker,” says the creators. “We took this concept, and came up with an idea to use the spinning CD disc as a Phenakistoscope.”
Supporters of the project who pledged $70 or more were entitled to receive one of the actual CDs used in the filming. Leftovers are being sold for 3,000 yen (about $30) on the website.
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Tokyo Craft Guide
Available now as a downloadable PDF ebook suitable for viewing on an iPad, computer, or to print and take-along on all your Tokyo craft-shopping adventures! Inside the book you’ll find:
- Six adorable (and informative!) illustrated neighborhood maps for our favorite areas in Tokyo: Daikanyama & Nakameguro, Kichijoji, Jiyugaoka, Futakotamagawa, Komae and Fuchu
- Over 50 craft and fabric shop listings with map and website links, hours of operation, and contact info
- Recommended cafes to help you recharge that craft-shopping energy with latte art, cake sets, or traditional tea and sweets
- A Japanese-language resource page to help you when shopping for fabric
- Cheeky commentary by two craft-loving locals! (^_－)－☆
Read more or download here »
The mixed-race experience in Japan [Official Trailer] from Hafu Film on Vimeo.
Tokyo Instant Extractopn
Spotlight on five of Kinfolk’s Favourite coffee shops across Tokyo
Little Nap is no ordinary café. Its size defines it as a coffee stand. Overlooking the back of Yoyogi Park, the café is in a residential neighborhood inhabited by Tokyo’s creative population. Read more »
- Address: 5-65-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
- 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (Closed Mondays) / littlenap.jp
K is for “koffee,” “kiosk” and Kunitomo. Eiichi Kunitomo is no newcomer to the coffee business. In fact, he is considered a veteran of managing and producing coffee shops, which makes his move to open Omotesandō Koffee even more interesting. Read more »
- Address: 4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
- 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (may close without notice) / ooo-koffee.com
Bread, Espresso &
During your stroll through Omotesandō, you may encounter people with paper bags that say Bread, Espresso &. These are from a café and bakery run by Kunitomo of Omotesandō Koffee, which is close enough if you need to nibble on something or want to sit down—past the tonkatsu restaurant Maisen and the Lotus Café. Read more »
- Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
- 8 a.m.–8 p.m. / bread-espresso.jp
Be a Good Neighbor
Probably the smallest of the bunch, Be a Good Neighbor is definitely a coffee stand. Four or five people will easily pack the counter. The friendly manager behind the counter, Kajihara, is keen on introducing you to the various ways of enjoying coffee. When we were there, he let us sample extremely light Ethiopian beans using the AeroPress. Read more »
- Address: 3-51-6 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
- Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. / Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. / beagoodneighbor.net/sendagaya
Many people used to say coffee in Tokyo was expensive. I used to think so, too. But then, with all the franchise coffee shops around, you have to wonder if you’re getting your money’s worth. Read more »
- Address : 1-23-9 Nihonzutsumi, Taito-ku
- 8:30 a.m.–9 p.m. (closed Fridays) / bach-kaffee.co.jp
Words by Kenichi Eguchi Photographs by Lou Mora