Archive for February, 2011

TOKYO/GLOW - A STOP MOTION SHORT FILM

Monday, February 28th, 2011

tokyo glow stop motion by Industry Films and Citizen Jones

Industry Films and Citizen Jones created Tokyo Glow, the journey of a man who comes to life from a street signal to take a walk around the night of Tokyo.

“Written and directed by Jonathan Bensimon and produced by Jonas Bell Pasht, Tokyo/Glow follows the nighttime journey of an illuminated man from a crosswalk sign as he embarks on an adventure through the streets of Tokyo. Shot on location throughout Tokyo using thousands of individual digital stills… To achieve the striking effect of the illuminated man, an original light suit was constructed using hundreds of feet of high-voltage LED rope lights and a translucent nylon outer shell. ”

The video is in high-definition, please enjoy in full screen.

Source: http://tokyoglow.com/

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共栄 KYOUEI DESIGN NEW PRODUCT
RECONSTRUCTION CHADELIER + PREVIOUS WORKS

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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RECONSTRUCTION CHADELIER
Specification
year : 2011
material : gilded steel (24k) . gilded steel wire(24k)
size : W600mm x D600mm x H330mm
weight : 4kg

Kyouei Design reveals their first work to come out of 2011, the “Reconstruction Chandelier.” This Chandelier is made from 12 industrial clip lamps which were welded together, then gilded for finishing. As you will see in one of the pictures below, the original clip lamps used to create the chandelier was one of the creations we saw in 2010.

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PROFILE
Kyouei Design is a Japanese design company in Shizuoka City, Japan lead by product designer / sound producer Kouichi Okamoto.  They manufacture the products they design including interior, lighting, and various other cleverly designed works.

Kouichi Okamoto was born in 1970 in Shizuoka City, Japan. Under the name “bekkou” Okamoto released the sound source work “Hi Light” from Dutch techno label X-trax in 1997 and other Dutch and British labels since. He began product design work in 2004 and established Kyouei Design company in 2006.

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PREVIOUS WORKS
Here are some of my favorite items from Kyouei Design’s works made prior to the reconstruction chandelier. Most are still available for purchase on their website.

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Top: “Liquid Bookmark” is made one by one with rubber and when used looks like it is melting.

Bottom: “Endless Rain Record” is a real phonograph record which plays rain sounds and the sound of rain drops forever.

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ASIALPHABET BY YORIKO YOSHIDA
吉田 依子氏による、「アジアルファベット」

Friday, February 11th, 2011

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Artwork by: Yoriko Yoshida

While I was flipping through the pamphlet for the Tokyo Graphic Passport 2010 exhibition in October, I came across an interesting artist. Her name is Yoriko Yoshida and her concept according to the website is, “Producing Art Works based on the concept of 「艶やか-ADEYAKA」(It means “sensual”) vigorously.-In an attempt to visualize the Asian Culture, mixed with Japaneas culture, Chinese culture and more.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t make her days at the show, but found a lot of amazing work on her website and thought I would share with you.

An amazing feat of Yoriko is her discipline and diligence as an artist, which is evident by looking at the amount of work she has up- an astonishing 1460 works and counting up. Since beginning back in 2007, Yoriko has been updating her website with one artwork every day. http://workbook.yoriquo.com/

Made with Japan picked up her Asialphabet series, which consists of the roman alphabet drawn out of elements from Japanese culture. So when you’re ready to begin, we will walk you through Yoriko Yoshida’s Asialphabet.

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アジアをテーマでイラストレーションを描く、吉田 依子氏による、「アジアルファベット」は日本文化のモチーフをアルファベットに描いたあるプァベットです。彼女はGraphic Passport Exhibition 2010のパンフレットで発見しました。私がGraphic Passportへ行った日はグループが入れ代わっていて、作品実物は見れなかったのが残念でしたが、これがきっかけで、吉田さんのウェブサイト「Yoriko Yoshi Workbook」http://workbook.yoriquo.com/ を伺いました。驚いたのが、企画として2007年から1日1枚、1年365枚アートをサイトに更新し続けている事。この中で発見したのがAsialphabetのシリーズ。日本の伝統といえるアイテムがアルファベットの形に見えるように描いてあって、かわいいです。

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PLAY COMME des GARÇONS SUMMER 2011 T-SHIRT
COLLABORATION SNEAKERS WITH CONVERSE

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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PLAY COMME des GARÇONS new t-shirts from Summer 2011 collection.  Available in red and black as well as a first release of a gold version. I dare you stare into the PLAY heart logo creature’s eyes.

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Another COMME des GARÇONS team-up with Converse for  PLAY COMME des GARÇONS x Jack Purcell double name sneakers with the black PLAY heart logo. Watch carefully for these on the streets as they will be very limited and available near the end of this month, only at select stores including Athens’ Number 3.

Via Number 3

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MADE WITH JAPAN PHOTO DIARY/PART 5:
KOJIMA TOWN OF DENIM ARTISANS

Monday, February 7th, 2011

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My next stop was Kojima in Okayama. This town has a rich history of textile manufacturing and has become known to be the “mecca of Japanese denim.” The original denim artisans of Japan who first saw denim during WWII are still alive and doing their thing!

親戚が住んでいる牛窓から、児島に行ってきました。ドライブは結構長かった記憶があるんですが、ドライブしてくれたゆきさんとお話しながらだったので、あっと言うまでした。

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NEW ILLUSTRATED WORKS BY LACTOSE INTOLER-ART
ストリートファッションイラストレーターLACTOSE INTOLER-ARTの新作

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

New fashion illustrations Inspired by Tokyo underground street fashion snap Lactose Intoler-Art Made with JapanNew fashion illustrations Inspired by Tokyo underground street fashion snap Lactose Intoler-Art Made with JapanNew fashion illustrations Inspired by Tokyo underground street fashion snap Lactose Intoler-Art Made with Japan

Brandon from Lactose Intoler-Art, was kind enough to allow Made with Japan present the first showing of his new illustrations. His characters are interpretations of Tokyo street fashion and real people on the streets of Tokyo. This season, they are dressed to stay warm in their unique style!

Lactose Intoler-Art is an artist who uses illustrations as a way to communicate street fashion trends and fashionable people from around the world. Falling in love with the underground street fashion culture of Tokyo, his main focus has become capturing the essence of the scene here. Lactose Intoler-Art accomplishes this through transforming what he interprets into his form of character art, often combining it to real photos from the streets of Tokyo.

You can visit his blog at http://lactoseintolerart.blogspot.com/

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Made with Japanの新メンバーでもあるイラストレーター、Lactose Intoler-Artさんの新作をここで初公開させて頂きました。東京のストリートファッションスナップからインスピレーションを受けて描かれているキャラクターは、今期のトレンドと彼の想像を合わせて表現しています。

Lactose Intoler-Artは世界中のストリートファッショントレンドをレポートするテーマの元にイラストを描くアーティストです。東京のアングラストリートファッションに恋をしてから、これが作品のテーマに重視されています。彼のパースペクティブが生み出すキャラクターアートと、東京のスナップ写真を合わすスタイ
ルで表現しています。

You can visit his blog at http://lactoseintolerart.blogspot.com/


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A BATHING APE (BAPE) IS SOLD FOR ONLY $2.8 MILLION?
FIND OUT WHY

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

bape-is-soldOne of the most influential street-wear labels of this decade to come out of Japan, A Bathing Ape, will be sold to Hong Kong clothing company, I.T. Ltd.. It made the news this past week that a 90% stake of Nowhere Co., the parent company of BAPE will be sold for a mere $2.8 million, an amount Nigo has easily spent on his collection of toys. What’s going on?

BAPE was founded by Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao) in 1993, starting out as a small shop on a discrete location in one of Tokyo’s Harajuku backstreets. Nigo and Jun Takahashi, of the popular collection brand UNDERCOVER, started out here at a storefront they named Nowhere. They soon parted their ways to take the respective brands solo.

Quickly gaining a cult following, Nigo was able to maintain an underground image for BAPE even after reaching mainstream success and sold his brand to the masses on exclusivity by producing his designs in very limited quantities. Crowds of Bape-heads would wrap around the block to get their hands on a rare BAPE item.

This didn’t last forever though. BAPE’s popularity in Japan faded away as Nigo embarked on an expansion frenzy starting second-lines of BAPE, a cafe, art gallery, hair salon and reaching as far as branding commodity items like condoms. The BAPE logo and signature camouflage print were literally everywhere! These moves were part of Nigo’s vision to make BAPE a “lifestyle brand”, a concept which has been successfully implemented by brands like Ralph Lauren to a more mature audience. For BAPE, the consumers were beginning to feel the water-down effect.

However, the mid 2000’s was a turning point for BAPE as influences of hip-hop culture on Nigo came to the forefront and changed the way BAPE marketed themselves. BAPE was then embraced by American hip hop icons such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams which took BAPE to another level of international success.

So why the low price on the sale of Nigo’s empire of apes? According to the Wall Street Journal, Nowhere Co. had been suffering huge losses these past few years. “For the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010, its net loss was 119 million yen, slightly better than a loss of 267.4 million yen the previous year. The company had liabilities totaling 1.03 billion yen in the year ended August 31.” (WSJ) The grand total racks up to a debt of ¥2.6 billion, the loan for it which will be guaranteed by I.T..

Nigo has agreed to stay as the creative director of Nowhere for two years, focusing on product design, brand direction and image development. It will be interesting to see what I.T. will do to try and put A BATHING APE in the black again, and even more interesting to see what moves Nigo will make after his two years are up.

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YOHJI YAMAMOTO FIRST MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION IN UK

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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The V&A Museum in London will be hosting Japanese fashion designer, Yohji Yamamoto’s first major solo show in the UK. The show will be an installation-based retrospective, showcasing over 80 women’s and menswear garments which are most representative of his work. The main exhibition space is scheduled to house his creations and a multi-media timeline which reveals Yamamoto’s wider creative output. The exhibition’s core will be housed in Gallery 38 with several satellite installations throughout the V&A and at the Wapping Project.

“The Victoria and Albert Museum presents one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last forty years, Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a visionary designer who has made a vital contribution to fashion, challenging traditional norms of clothing with his avant-garde style. Fabric, he said, ‘is everything’. This deep interest in textiles is at the heart of his approach to design. Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early eighties for challenging traditional notions of fashion by designing garments that seemed oversized, unfinished, played with ideas of gender or fabrics not normally used in fashionable attire such as felt or neoprene. Other works revealed Yamamoto’s unusual pattern cutting, knowledge of fashion history and sense of humour. His work is characterised by a frequent and skillful use of black, a color which he describes as ‘modest and arrogant at the same time’.” -V&A

Ticket Information

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Yohji Yamamoto(山本耀司)のUKでの初メジャーソロエキシビションが、2011年3月12日から7月10日の間、ヴィクトリア&アルバート博物館(V&A Museum)で行われます。インスタレーションの数多いエキシビションの中には、”Yohji Yamamoto” Men’sとWomen’sコレクションから80昨以上、代表作が展示される予定です。UKにいる方は是非お越しになって下さい。

チケット情報

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
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ISSEY MIYAKE VALENTINE GIFT IDEA

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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Via Issey Miyake

It’s February, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a cute yet practical gift that will put a smile on his face, consider getting a pair of nice socks from Issey Miyake.

From January 20 to February 14, you can purchase a pair of socks by ISSEY MIYAKE (men) packed in a Special Valentine Package. The package design resembles that of a chocolate bar. The socks sorta looks like chocolate too, in my opinion. This offer is available only for men’s socks at Issey Miyake stores in Japan.

Issey, why nothing for the ladies? In Japan, Valentine’s day is typically a day when the ladies buy something for the men. We have what’s called “White Day,” for guys give to the girl. Although it isn’t as celebrated as Valentine’s, maybe he’ll come up with something for white day?

Issey Miyake started this special packaging campaign last year in 2010, and this year he is adding the red and white packaging option. If you look closely, the package says, “0% Cacao.” Mr. Miyake is yet to figure out a way to add cacao to his fabrics.

¥3,150 / each
*avaiable only in Japan.

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2010年に始まった、ISSEY MIYAKE (men)のバレンタインフェアが今年も実施されます。2011年1月20日から2011年2月14日の間、ISSEY MIYAKE (men)のソックスを買うと、期間限定のチョコレートに見せかけたラッピングに包んで頂けます。今年は茶色のチョコレートラッピング以外に、赤と白も追加。

中身はソックスでも、チョコも貰った気分になれて、喜びX2のプレゼントです。

¥3,150 / each

ISSEY MIYAKE / AOYAMA ( women / men )
PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE / AOYAMA
PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE / ROPPONGI
HaaT / AOYAMA
me ISSEY MIYAKE / AOYAMA
ISSEY MIYAKE / KOBE
ELTTOB TEP ISSEY MIYAKE
24 ISSEY MIYAKE / SHIBUYA
and all ISSEY MIYAKE ( men ) store in Japan

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