A Celebration of Japanese Tradition in Joyful Color: 2014 Ambiente Partner Country Japan

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Ambiente 2014 rendering Japanese Pavilion | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The winter interior design fairs are off and running. Maison et Objet will be closing out January, and February will usher in Ambiente –  the renowned winter design fair and consumer goods show produced by Messe Frankfurt.  This year, Ambiente has teamed with Japan as its partner country. The selection of Japan as the first non-European partner country signals, in … Read More

Chushin Kobo: Iron Tea Pots with Colorful Porcelain Lids – Tokyo Interior Lifestyle 2013

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Chushin-Kobo cast-iron teapots with pretty, modern porcelain lids. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Chushin Kobo’s new collection, “Rikyu”, combines traditional cast-iron kettleware with a modern styled porcelain teapot lid with hand painted motifs such as goldfish, bamboo shoots, traditional Japanese art and flowers. Hianori Masuda, Caster, Designer and founder of Chushin-Kobo iron casting studio, seeks to “recreate objects retaining the beauty of traditional Japanese cast iron but stylishly adapted to fit the contemporary … Read More

Yoshinuma Glass at Japan Style 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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The Deformation Polygon Glass L/M/S Exquisite handmade glassware and devastatingly beautiful glass tableware from Tokyo-based glass company Yoshinuma inspired the masses at the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fair.   Their prototypes for a polygon shaped glass captivated me. The designer states that “We deformed the shape of the hexagon, and made it as a base of the prism glass. You can … Read More

Enchanting Illumination: Sachie Muramatsu at NEXT Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Sachie Muramatsu Lighting 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

At a design fair brimming with innovative and beautiful design at each turn, I found my favorite lighting designer in the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo NEXT section – a slightly secluded quiet, peaceful corridor. One that I almost walked right on by had it not been for the alluring illumination of Sachie Muramatsu’s handcrafted romantic and feminine petal-like light pendants. One look and … Read More

Miyama’s Pretty & Delicate Porcelain Tableware at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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MIYAMA tableware at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013 : METAPHYS  Dinnerware Collection | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Miyama’s METAPHYS tableware collection was introduced at the 2013 Tokyo Lifestyle fair.  This unique and functional serving set is organically shaped. It is at once quite delicate, yet strong. It is artsy, yet practical. It has a soothing balance and harmony that will definitely infuse the dining experience with calmness and serenity. Design Resources: Miyama, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, … Read More