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“Love Blue” Tokyo Designers Week

Last week,  thousands of creators and design enthusiasts descended on the world’s trendiest capital for Tokyo Designers Week— the 25th annual design event that brings together variety in design. The theme of Tokyo Designers Week for this year was “Environment” and was to be regarded as not just natural environment concerning issues such as global warming but in a more collective means of “living environment” including conditions of our mind and body in  affluent living.  Visitors were not only able to meet the young avant-garde designers and become familiar with their work but also to buy self-produced or limited edition pieces directly from the designers.
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Throughout the event, participating corporations, organizations and independent designers introduced new environmental approaches and solutions. As most people were using the term “green“, Blue, actually “Love Blue,” was the theme of this year’s exhibition. “Blue is the color of the sky and the sea as well as the technology of the future.”  With a total of 353 exhibitors, the main event has been divided into 18 categories relating to the environment, from water and air to playing and living,  to organic and energy,  to eating and sleeping.
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Dezeen and Design Association teamed up to give Ten designers and artists a free exhibition and some construction budget space in the Environmental Container Design & Art Competition during this competition.  The winner, Hope Tree, designed by 24 degree Studio,  created a mesmerizing installation that combined paper and light within a 20-foot shipping container. The openings were illuminated by LED string lighting, which allowed for coverage of the entire space with minimal watt usage.

Saturday Shopping with 1st Dibs

Isamu Noguchi Rudder American Art Deco Coffee Table
USA, 1944
Marco Zanuso Vintage Lady Pair of Chairs in Pale Blue
Italy, 1950’s-1960’s

Fashion Fridays with 1st Dibs

Gucci Suede Logo Shoulder Bag
Italy

Patricia von Musulin Sterling Signature Panther Choker
USA, Late 20th Century

VBH Lizard Cluch
Italy

Haute Couture Halter Gown with Chiffon Leaf Applique Skirt
France

1970’s Christian Dior Sunglasses
Austria

Prada Gor Tex Fur Trimmed One Piece Ski Suit
Italy
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Hammered Gilt Collar
France, 1980’s
Versace Quilted Leather Skirt
Italy

Yves Saint Laurent Boots with Snake Leather Detail
France, Early 80’s

Nina Ricci Suitcase
France, 1970’s

Bronze and Gold Lame Saks Dress
USA, 1960’s

Silver Gilt Silk Velvet Italian Caplet
Italy, c. 1950’s
Issey Miyake Pleated and Fringed Wrap
Japan

Carlos Falchi Cream Oversized Tote
USA

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Natural Fashion: The Omo People

On October 31, we will dress our kids up in Super Hero and princess costumes, paint their faces, and head out on a trek around the neighborhood to present our creativity to the neighbors.  The Surma and Mursi tribes of the Omo valley on the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan don’t have the luxury of a nearby Target store, nor does the nomadic tribe have architecture or crafts to express their innate creativity.  As we would tie on a scarf or strap on a Batman mask, they use banana leaves, flowers, butterfly wings, feathers, animal horns and body paint from natural vegetation to transform their bodies into inventive and magical pieces of art.
Photographer and lifelong devotee to investigating and capturing intimate and organic phenomena, Hans Silvester, found himself most recently in this valley with the Omo people. The resulting works have made their way into the Marlborough Gallery in New York (2009, 2010), the Marlborough Gallery in Monaco (2009, 2010) and the Polka Galerie in Paris, France (2009).

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Post Author: Tamara Wallop
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WOW! Saturday Shopping with 1st Dibs

FDC1 Armchair by Flavio de Carvalho
Brazil, c.1950
Asturias Armchair by Carlos Motta
Brazil, 2001
Tea Trolly by Jorge Zalszupin
Brazil, 1950
Untitles (Figures)
Conrad Marca-Relli, 1948
Revolving Esfera Armchair by Ricardo Fasanello
Brazil, 1970’s
From the Exibition, “Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Feet”
Andy Warhol 1956-1961

Paul Kasmin

Armchair with Adjustable Headrest by Percival Lafer
Brazil, c. 1960’s
Armchair by “Tre Pezzi PL19” by Franco Albini e Franca Helg
Italy, 1957
Pagoda Table in Metal Leaf by James Mont
USA, c. 1960
Transport
Marc Newson

Gagosian Gallery

Mykonos
Theodoros Stamos, 1962
Lee West Egg Pod Chair & Ottoman
USA, C. 1960’s

Objects in the Loft

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle !
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