Tag Archives: Japan

New year, new you

If you’re worried about looking a little porky after your Christmas binge then stress no longer – we have a solution. These Japanese beauty gadgets promise to tone your face and give you a nicer profile – whilst providing your family and friends with endless amusement in the process.

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Green bottle glamour

The classic glass ‘contour’ Coca-Cola bottle is about as iconic as modern design gets. Synonymous with the brand and instantly recognisable, the bottle has been a staple of Coca-Cola for nearly a century. Now, they’ve teamed up with Nendo to create a range of kitchenware – inspired by the classic bottle.

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Fat-blocking cola

PepsiCo has unveiled a new cola which, according to their technologists, reduces the absorption of fat in the body and helps to cut cholesterol levels. (Amazing, Tim!)

The fat-blocking Pepsi Special, which will be distributed by Suntory International, will go on sale in Japan. It’s one of several unusual drinks to be introduced by Pepsi, including Pepsi White – a clear tangerine-flavoured cola, which will be launched in December.

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Box clever

Beijing-based designer, Yoshimasa Tsutsumi, has created a pixellated interior using long cubed boxes for the Diesel Shibuya store.

The space is effectively moveable and many of the products are actually embedded in the wall: push and pull to your heart’s desire. This is a great way to customise a retail space and showcase objects of all shapes and sizes.

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Fresh from the farm

We’re suckers for nice packaging, but in this case the product isn’t high-design or super functional, but purely about communication. AS Foods, makers of fruit and vegetable-based products, have created a temptingly packaged range of delicious juice jellies.

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A quick break

Japanese city dwellers are inundated with ‘zero’ products of all varieties, as they strive to lose a few pounds and get in better shape in the midst of a ‘metabo’ slump (Japan’s metabolic law to fend off increasing health costs). Since beverages and snacks are part of office life, much has been done in these areas.

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Mon Shu Girl

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has created a fictional character called ‘Mon Shu Girl’ to promote his forthcoming collaboration with Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura. The character recently starred a video to promote the forthcoming capsule collection.

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Rise and shine

Uniqlo Wake Up is a social alarm app from Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo that incorporates the current weather, time and day of the week into its wake-up music.

The app wakes users up with music that’s automatically created based on the weather, with a voice to announce the time, weather and day of the week in either English or Mandarin Chinese. The app’s background also changes with the day of the week.

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Walking on air

Japanese designers Nendo have designed a store for Camper where shoes appear to walk around the store on their own. Supported by thin metal poles, the shoes weave along the back wall – creating a shopping experience that’s much more engaging than shelves.

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Creative commuting

Japanese advertising company Shunkosha has developed a new way of engaging with commuters on the Tokyo subway. ‘Strappy’ is a small box which attaches to the subway’s handrails. When commuters touch their phone to the box, it automatically sends them to a URL.

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