Imperial house

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Imperial house

 

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Momotaro Tote Bag by Eirakuya from 
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href="http://eirakuya.shop-pro.jp/" target="_blank"><u>eirakuya.shop-pro.jp</u></a>

Momotaro Tote Bag by Eirakuya from eirakuya.shop-pro.jp

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Hay Paper Fan | $29 from 
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href="http://cultdesign.co.nz/shop/paper-fan" target="_blank"><u>cultdesign.co.nz</u></a>

Hay Paper Fan | $29 from cultdesign.co.nz

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Nendo Draftsman 03 Grid Watch limited edition from 
<a 
href="http://www.nendo.jp/en/works/draftsman-2/draftsman-03/?" target="_blank"><u>nendo.jp</u></a>

Nendo Draftsman 03 Grid Watch limited edition from nendo.jp

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Moon Stool and Constellation display at IFFT Interior Lifestyle Living Show Tokyo 2016 | 
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href="http://www.ifft-interiorlifestyleliving.com/" target="_blank"><u>ifft-interiorlifestyleliving.com</u></a>

Moon Stool and Constellation display at IFFT Interior Lifestyle Living Show Tokyo 2016 | ifft-interiorlifestyleliving.com

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2016 Porcelain Collection by Scholten & Baijings limited edition | <a 
href="http://www.2016arita.com/" target="_blank"><u>2016arita.com</u></a>

2016 Porcelain Collection by Scholten & Baijings limited edition | 2016arita.com

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Hida Sangyo Kinoe Dining Chair released end-2016 | <a 
href="http://kitutuki.co.jp/" target="_blank"><u>kitutuki.co.jp</u></a>

Hida Sangyo Kinoe Dining Chair released end-2016 | kitutuki.co.jp

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Art Deco Tealight Holder $32 | from <a 
href="https://www.boconcept.com/en-nz/accessories/decorations/decorations/tealight-holders/32087/art-deco-tealight-holder" target="_blank"><u>boconcept.com</u></a>

Art Deco Tealight Holder $32 | from boconcept.com

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Made in Mimbre Medusa Lamps by Claesson Koivisto Rune $POA | from <a 
href="http://www.claessonkoivistorune.se/?category=design,lighting#/projects/medusa/" target="_blank"><u>claessonkoivistorune.se</u></a>

Made in Mimbre Medusa Lamps by Claesson Koivisto Rune $POA | from claessonkoivistorune.se

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Arflex Bonsai Collection by Claesson Koivisto Rune $POA | from <a 
href="http://www.poliformaustralia.com.au/bonsai-sofa.html" target="_blank"><u>poliformaustralia</u></a>

Arflex Bonsai Collection by Claesson Koivisto Rune $POA | from poliformaustralia

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Hay Bamboo Basket $207 | from <a 
href="http://cultdesign.co.nz/shop/bamboo-baskets" target="_blank"><u>cultdesign.co.nz</u></a>

Hay Bamboo Basket $207 | from cultdesign.co.nz

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Akira Minagawa Fabric Collection for Kvadrat  | from <a 
href="http://kvadrat.dk/products/new/detail/85" target="_blank"><u>kvadrat.dk</u></a>

Akira Minagawa Fabric Collection for Kvadrat | from kvadrat.dk

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Terracotta Tealight Holder $12 | from <a 
href="https://www.boconcept.com/en-nz/accessories/decorations/decorations/tealight-holders/930/terracotta-tealight-holder" target="_blank"><u>boconcept.com</u></a>

Terracotta Tealight Holder $12 | from boconcept.com

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What’s new in Japanese design? Its minimalist tradition and subtle classics are reinvented for residential environments.

There is more to the Land of the Rising Sun than minimalist timber furniture and rice paper. Haruki Murakami’s hyper modernism, manga-alluding chairs (below) at last year’s Salone del Mobile and the influence of Nendo’s Oki Sato are some of the surfacing Japanese flavours.

Manga-influenced chairs at last year’s Salone del Mobile.

‘Shapes made by chance’ is how the makers of the Bao Bao bag (below) describe its ever-changing silhouette. The playful three-dimensional structure has made it a perennial favourite of architects and designers in Japan. Its designer, Issey Miyake, continues to turn heads by blending the digital realm into everyday objects and hence making a solid critique of our era through basic items and simple crafts.

The Bao Bao bag.

Scroll through the slideshow above for more Japanese-inspired design.


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Native accents

Native accents

Items using or referencing traditional handcrafts. Earthy materials, prints, colours, patterns and forms connect the home to other cultures and ways of living.
Colour’s revival

Colour’s revival

This edit is not quite ’80s. It is not entirely Memphis-inspired and definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is, however, loud, youthful and proudly eclectic.
Pixelated home

Pixelated home

The digital revolution and its pulsating colours are infiltrating almost every realm of our lives, and the homewares and furniture industries are no different.
Object of desire: io Lamp

Object of desire: io Lamp

Even if it hasn’t been produced yet, this prototype lamp by Wellington design student Josh Bruderer ticks so many boxes that we can’t help but admire it.
Flash neon bubble gum

Flash neon bubble gum

Apparent transparent; plastic fantastic; neon pink and dollops of yellow. These bathroom scenes are made to reset your colour dial. Soap bubbles are entirely optional.

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The elegant oasis

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Win a Kyoto outdoor bean bag

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Designer profile: Francis Sultana

Designer profile: Francis Sultana

Camille Khouri talked to renowned interior and furniture designer Francis Sultana about his life as a designer and his beautifully furnished apartment (featured in the current issue of Urbis).
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