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Jul. 21, Mon.

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014

When it comes to interior design and lifestyle products from Japan and around the world, there's no better place than Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, this week's "On Site" destination. Join Tomoko Hayakawa as she discovers the amazing new products and ideas the event has to offer.

Schedule: Jun. 4-6, 2014
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Traditional Japanese interior style is well known for its simplicity and subtle sense of beauty. With its clean lines and muted colors it has a Zen quality that seems like a haven in the hectic modern world. More and more, however, modern interior design in Japan is shaped by outside influences as much as it is by tradition, just as Western style has been influenced by the aesthetics of the East. Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is the best place to see the fruits of this mutual admiration. Established companies and newcomers alike showcase their latest ideas for interior decoration and other lifestyle-related offerings, which is part of what gives the event its strong reputation for presenting the highest quality new products. Highlights from this year's show include gorgeous wood and metal sake cups, intriguing glass and string creations, and captivating modern furniture made with traditional Japanese carpentry techniques.

  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014
  • Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2014

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Mesago Messe Frankfurt Corp.
http://www.interior-lifestyle.com/
Organizer Office +81-3-3512-3277

- Shitsrindo
http://www.shitsurindo.com/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-778-65-0630

- Maruhiro Inc.
http://www.hasamiyaki.jp/maruhiro/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-955-42-2777

- Yotsukawa Seisakusho Ltd.
http://www.kisen.jp.net/products/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-766-30-8108

- Starlite Co., Ltd.
http://www.starlite.co.jp/
Public Relations +81-6-6956-2713

- T-Lab.
http://www.t-lab-japan.com/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-797-31-7355

- YOIN
http://www.yoin-design.com/
Public Relations info@yoin-design.com

- Jun Murakoshi Design
http://junmurakoshi.com/works/
Public Relations +81-80-3522-3040

- A-vec Corporation
http://www.a-vec.com/contens/product/QisDesign/index.html (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-6809-2763

- Cassette
http://www.cassette573.com/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-52-825-5160

Beauty in Synergy

This installment of "+Style" features a visit to Studio Prepa, where a husband-and-wife team create simple but beautiful glass objects. They use a style of glass blowing unusual for Japan and their works are becoming known both here and overseas.

Studio Prepa is located in the wooded suburbs of Iida city in Nagano prefecture. It's run by Katsuhisa and Mizuho Hira, a husband-and-wife team. They specialize in vessels and dishes made using a glassblowing style that is rather uncommon in Japan, creating glassware that, while meant for daily use, has unique qualities that make each piece a work of art. Their methods incorporate glass-working techniques from Sweden and Italy as part of a school of thought called the International Studio Glass Movement. The amazing synergy between Mr. and Mrs. Hira is what makes the beauty of their work shine through. The results of their efforts are creations that, despite their western pedigree, have a uniquely Japanese sense of form and color and are gaining recognition both locally and internationally.

  • Beauty in Synergy
  • Beauty in Synergy
  • Beauty in Synergy
  • Beauty in Synergy
  • Beauty in Synergy
  • Beauty in Synergy

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Studio Prepa
http://www.prepa.jp/ (Japanese only)
Head Office +81-265-88-4228

Origami Gets a Makeover

Origami folding is a traditional playtime activity that every Japanese child experiences, and often never forgets how to do. For our "Special Report," we visit two designers who developed their ideas and came up with new and original origami products.

Origami is well known just about everywhere. It's amazing to see the huge number of different variations that can be folded from a simple square sheet of paper. A company in Okayama prefecture called "Cochae" has decided to add to the already almost limitless possibilities by printing striking designs, both traditional and modern, on the paper itself. Their origami paper doesn't just make interesting shapes, it makes interesting faces too. Although their products mainly feature traditional Japanese motifs, they also include other styles. One of their "surrealistic" series has gained huge popularity in France. Designers Yosuke Jikuhara and Miki Takeda wish to provide simple ways to enjoy and rediscover traditional Japanese culture through their paper products.

  • Origami Gets a Makeover
  • Origami Gets a Makeover
  • Origami Gets a Makeover
  • Origami Gets a Makeover
  • Origami Gets a Makeover
  • Origami Gets a Makeover

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Cochae
http://www.cochae.com/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations info@cochae.com

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