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

Kihara’s Komon Blue & White Japanese Porcelain at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013

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Kihara Porcelain Plates:  2013 Animal Motif Collection for Children, and  Skull and Crossbones for Adults.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Front row: Kihara’s 2013 debut of porcelain dishes and tableware collection for children, “KOMON Kids”. The KOMON Kids blue and white collection includes playful motifs from swimming whales to wooly sheep, funny bunnies and mischievous pigs. Middle row: A decidedly more grown-up, and edgier porcelain dinnerware collection, also from the  Kihara KOMON line – plates that boast skull and crossbones, … Read More

Whimsical & Functional Ceramics at Tokyo’s Interior Lifestyle Fair 2013

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Ceramic Japan Teapot Shaped Tape Dispensers, Pretty Leaf Plates &  Modern Teapot | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Spotted at the 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo Design Fair:  Adorable gift ideas from pastel-infused ceramic teapot-shaped tape dispensers for your desk to pretty and simple Sea Grape leaf-shaped dishes in a lovely glazed ceramic to a modern design interpretation of the traditional teapot. Design Resources: Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente 2014 00000

Rossetta Rossette Maison de Couture: Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Blue & White and Pink & White Lacquer Bowls from Rosetta Rossette | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Lacquered Nesting Bowls in Pink and Blue, and Fabric Flower Bookmarks. The Jejeu lacquer nested bowl collections from Rossetta Rossette Maison de Couture are simple, elegant, and beautiful art for the table. These lovely and delicate striped pink and  white and striped blue and white bowls with gold accents were one of my favorite discoveries at the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo … Read More

1300 Only Porcelain at 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Table Art: Luxury, nearly translucent, white porcelain tableware with delicate details edged in 22 karat gold. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Table Art: Luxury, nearly translucent, white porcelain tableware with delicate details edged in 22 karat gold. Inspired by the beauty of Nature’s flowers: Elegant porcelain wine cups with flower bases. White and gold porcelain Cricket chopstick holding dish. Orchid Tea Set tableware in porcelain trimmed in 22 karat gold. 1300 Collection elegant, petal-edged porcelain and gold dinnerware and serving plates … Read More

Beauty in Polish Ceramics: Ceramika Artystyczna 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Traditional handcrafted and handpainted Polish pottery in floral and ornate patterns. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Traditional handcrafted and hand painted Polish pottery in floral and ornate patterns. Detail view of Ceramika Artystyczna ceramic dinner plate. Modern motifs on traditional Polish pottery and ceramic tableware easily coordinate with the more traditional dinner plates in the collection. Design Resources: Ceramika Artystyczna, Distributed in Japan by Yamato,  Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente 2014 00000

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo Design Fair Showcases Glazed Ceramics by Hasami

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Hasami Artist at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, located in the architecturally striking Tokyo Big Site,  is one of the premier annual design fairs showcasing beautiful design ranging from traditional design to ultra modern designs in all areas including interiors, accessories, textiles, tableware and surface materials. Though a small show in comparison to design fairs such as Milan’s I Saloni, Paris’ Maison et Objet and parent … Read More

Rends Design Works: 2013 TALENTS at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Rends Design Works Exhibit: Ambiente TALENTS 2013 at Interior Lifestye Tokyo | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Talents Interior Lifestyle Tokyo: Young designers from Rends Design Works illustrate the beauty of connecting Japan’s rich artisan traditions with modern design. My personal favorite was the use of the traditional Tatami Mat (used in flooring and slowly losing its position to more Western materials for floor surfacing) creatively re-imagined and re-purposed to create incredibly comfortable seating material in the … Read More

Daisuke Kitagawa Design: 2013 TALENTS at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Reflective Pond Candle Holder and Modern Nesting Doll Bowls by Daisuke Kitagawa Design at  TALENTS 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

TALENTS 2013 at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo boasted several talented young designers. Although all of the talents were magnificent and I very much liked all of the exhibits, my favorite was Daisuke Kitawaga Designs. The polished metal reflective “Pond” votive holders and the modern interpretation of the nested “ Doll” (functional as tableware, too) possessed all the elements I seek and … Read More

Japanese Textile Designer Dan Namura at 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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There are moments in life in which one has an epiphany, a moment of total clarity, a deep understanding of a connection without any previous encounter to explain that connection, the feeling of knowing you’ve found your soul mate when you’ve only met for the first time – those instinctual feelings of just knowing that you found what you’ve been … Read More

Studio Surume: 2013 TALENTS at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Studio Surume Vase Banks, Paper Lights and Perch Clock at TALENTS 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Talents Interior Lifestyle Tokyo: Studio Surume’s Vase Banks, Paper Lights and Perch Clock illustrated the whimsical perspective of design by taking common objects and giving them an unexpected twist. Surume’s Flower Vase Banks were a crowd favorite. Design Resources: Studio Surume,  Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente 2014 00000

Zinco Arte: NEXT Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013

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Found this clever wine serving accessory in the booth next to the booth of my favorite Interior Lifestyle Tokyo lighting find, Washi Paper Light Pendants by Sachie Muramatsu.  How can you not just love this idea – mixing table sculpture with incredible everyday utility? Organic, yet modern, structured, configurable metal (it’s a zinc alloy with various finish options)  tree branches … Read More

Drinkware Inspired by Fruit: Kohsuke Toda’s Apple Cup

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Tokyo Lifestyle Interiors: kohsuke Toda

Inspiration: Poetically peeled apple. Design: Organically shaped tea cup sporting curves akin to it’s natural inspiration, the peeled apple. I had the pleasure of meeting Kohsuke Toda at the renowned design fair Interior Lifestyle Tokyo. He is a young designer you should keep on your watch list. His creations skillfully balance the artistic with the mechanical and functional – never … Read More

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013: Japan Style Pavilion at Big Sight

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Japan Style Exhibition Space 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

Front and direct view of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo’s Japan Style Exhibition Two of my favorite design characteristics, simplicity and elegance, were on display at the Yukio Hashimoto designed Japan Style exhibition at the 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fair.  Mr. Hashimoto’s cleverly designed exhibition pavilion housing some of Japan’s best high-end products for the home captures what I feel is … Read More