Unique Award-Winning ‘Yosegi Stool’ Releases in Japan

19.June.2020 | FASHION

The Yosegi School from luxury furniture brand TAMEN finally released in Japan on June 15, 2020. The stool was designed by TAMEN’s own Brooklyn-based Japanese product designer Yoshiaki Ito.

Yoshiaki Ito is a Japanese product designer based and working in Brooklyn, a borough of New York—a city which itself is an innovator and leader in the contemporary art scene. After studying toy design at a famous US studio for seven years, Yoshiaki Ito set up Yoshi, Inc, and subsequently expanded to launch TAMEN, a brand specialising in high quality and luxury furniture and interior products.

The product perhaps at the forefront of TAMEN’s diverse stock is the “Yosegi Stool.” Inspired by Japanese Kumiki puzzles, its success led it to win the A’ International Design Award in Italy and German Design Award throughout 2018 and 2019.

The Yosegi Stool is crafted from Japanese hinoki cypress and jindai cedar. Its two-tone colour makes it fit in any space, and its multi-functionality means it can double as two stools or a table.

Where the stool shines is how it incorporates both Yosegi inlaid wood patterns and the traditional geometric wooden joint technique known in Japanese as Tsugite.

The stool has been sold exclusively in select high-end furniture shops, like Sotheby’s Home in the US, and will now be released in Japan. The stool is made-to-order only and costs $2,500 (¥260,000).


  • Karimoku Furniture Releases Item Inspired by Disney’s Twisted Wonderland “Mirror of Darkness

    20.December.2021 | FASHION

    Karimoku Furniture has started taking orders for items inspired by the Mirror of Darkness from the smartphone game Disney’s Twisted Wonderland, which features characters inspired by the villains that adorn Disney’s works (Villains), from December 18, 2021.



    Karimoku Furniture has been developing the latest woodworking technology research and applications at its own factories for a while now, with the aim of improving the quality and value of wooden furniture. Don’t miss out on this unique item, which features the “Disney Twisted Wonderland” logo on the back of the mirror and on the packaging.



  • Tendo Mokko Rethinks Japanese Modernity With ‘Japanese Modern / 80 Project’ to Celebrate 80th Anniversary

    12.July.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    In commemoration of Tendo Mokko’s 80th anniversary, DAIKANYAMA TSUTAYA BOOKS is hosting the “Tendo Mokko & Japanese Modern” fair from July 7 to August 6 where the new products from the interior design brand is being sold. This includes a new book titled the same as the fair which details the brand’s most famous furniture works. New furniture by Hiroshi Nakamura, Koichi Futatsumata, and Wataru Kumano is also being exclusively sold there.


    Each participating artist’s signed nameplate

    Tendo Mokko is a Japanese furniture maker. After the Second World War, they made huge developments the country’s architect and design culture in collaboration with architects and designers by creating products rooted in the climate and natural features of Japan. One of the spearheads of this movement was Kenmochi Isamu, a modernist designer who played a pivotal role in the development of Japanese industrial design after World War II. Through the history of Japanese architecture, Tendo Mokko has joined hands with countless famous designers to manufacture furniture.


    Last year, the company turned 80 years old. As part of the commemoration, it is looking to dive deep into and rethink Japanese modernity at the Tendo Mokko & Japanese Modern fair where visitors can see their latest wares as well as learn about the process of developing new furniture and more. All of this, along with interviews, is also detailed in the book. Those who pre-order products at the fair will also receive one of the above-pictured nameplates depending on who designed it.

  • Yoshinori Takemura x journal standard Furniture Reveal Limited-Edition TAKEMURA LAMP Collection

    27.June.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Renowned Japanese ceramicist Takemura Yoshinori is releasing his iconic TAKEMURA LAMP collection at the Nihonbashi branch of journal standard Furniture on June 26.




    ¥71,500 Each (Tax Included)

    There are 22 lamps in this collection, all of which are individually crafted with the utmost care and detail. Takemura is known for his gorgeous colour choices and combinations. Takemura used to love chemistry and studied enamel compounds by himself. This has led to him using over 60 colours in his creations. The lamps serve not only to light up a room, but adorn it as an art piece too. They’re also a show of journal standard Furniture’s craftsmanship.

  • ‘Ugly Wardrobe’ Installation Created From Surplus Garments from Shibuya Fashion Week

    30.March.2021 | FASHION

    Sustainable fiberboard manufacturing company PANECO® has teamed up with the creative collective group ‘h220430’ to create the Ugly Wardrobe.

    h220430 is a collective of creators focused on designing furniture, lighting, and other interior pieces. With their work, they hope to make people rethink and act against a string of international problems such as deterioration of the global environment and world conflicts.


    PANECO® seeks to reduce waste clothing and help create a circular economy with their innovative fiberboard which can be used to make furniture, displays, and many other products.


    COVID-19 greatly affected the fashion industry as it did others, and the stagnant market produced a vast number of surplus garments. PANECO® received 500 surplus garments that were about to be incinerated. They pressed the garments using special machinery and elevated them into a robust and beautiful material, and using it, constructed a wardrobe. Rather than watching them be incinerated without ever being worn, they found a way that they could be used as long as possible by upcycling them into wardrobe that would stand alongside fashion.