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Paper Furniture

Posted in Stuff by tokyobling on June 30, 2009

Sometimes people do very clever things with normal materials. I for one, love the idea of these chairs (benches?) made out of paper and glass. An unlikely combination and an even unlikelier application. Great stuff. Now if only I could afford a house huge enough for this kind of furniture!

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama


Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama


Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

Paper furniture at the Nissan auto show in Yokohama

A Wall of Swatches

Posted in Places, Shops, Stuff by tokyobling on May 26, 2009

An interesting way to decorate your watch shop if you are a major Swiss watch manufacturer with a new flag ship in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district: a wall of Swatches. An entire room. I kid you not. Go and have a look, it is very close to the flagship H&M store.

A wall of Swatch watches in Ginza

A wall of Swatch watches in Ginza


Close up of Swatches in Ginza

Close up of Swatches in Ginza

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The Louis Vuitton Panda

Posted in Shops by tokyobling on May 14, 2009

I strolled past the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Omotesando the other day and saw this adorable little critter on display in the store. Of course I didn’t actually enter the store. Love the claws though.

Lovely panda on display at the Vuitton shop in Omotesando

Lovely panda on display at the Vuitton shop in Omotesando

Jibetarian – 芦村康吉

Posted in National Art Center by tokyobling on March 6, 2009

The first of the great art I saw at the National Art Center here in Tokyo. It is called Jibetarian, by a graduate of Tokyo Zokei University. Now, I have seen sculptures made out of scrap metal many times before, but never have I seen something as elegant such as this one. The grace, the balance, the craftmanship, it is really terribly well executed. I am not 100% certain, but Jibetarian is a Japanese slang term (the kinder of two well known terms) for kids who spend their days sitting hunched up on their heels in parking lots and street corners, up to no good at all. The term is a pun on the word ji (ground, earth) and vegetarian. I think most of you have seen this kind of work before, but I can’t even begin to imagine how the artist balanced this life sized sculpture while crafting it. It is a massive undertaking – to so finely shape a person that it can balance all by itself. I felt moved by the open mouth and stare of skeltel figure, like a post apocalyptic corpse, a Hiroshima meets Pompei figure, tragic, doomed and beautiful at the same time. Like a corpse withered by an atomic blast, mere moments before collapsing in a smoking pile of bones in a radioactive desert. Art at it’s finest, a fruitful composition of idea and execution.

Jibetarian by 芦村康吉 - 1

Jibetarian by 芦村康吉 - 1


Jibetarian by 芦村康吉 - 2

Jibetarian by 芦村康吉 - 2

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