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A Book Borne Out of a Wondrous Coincidence

11/8/2017 Designer's Blog, Kenichi Tanaka Kenichi Tanaka 2 min read

A book arrived the other day. I’ve almost forgotten about it because it’s almost been two years ago. I remember that a German publisher called Cass Verlag called, and they asked if they could use a travel picture in my website as a book cover. The book has been completed with my photo on the cover, so they sent me a copy. This publisher mainly…

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Foreign Things

11/1/2017 Designer's Blog, Hiroka Osada Hiroka Osada 3 min read

Hello, I am the designer Hiroka Osada. I was thinking it would be great if I could travel abroad again this year, when I glanced upon books and things I bought overseas. Today I’d like to share some of my favorite things that I’ve bought abroad. A Notebook I Bought in Thailand This is a notebook made by a young Thai artist that I bought…

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1. 2. FREE !

10/27/2017 Aya Iida, Designer's Blog Aya Iida 2 min read

I was in charge of the visual poster for our 2018 D-BROS calendars. Today I’d like to talk about the theme and design of this poster. As a new undertaking for D-BROS, we opened a new store at GINZA SIX centered on traditional crafts, thus a poster such as this happened. In the craft industry, shipments from craft-producing areas are only a fifth of the…

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Interview with the Designers of the 2018 D-BROS Calendar “I Want To Be…”

10/25/2017 Arisa Okada, Interview, Products, Takuma Fukuzawa Eriko Fujitani 7 min read

A calendar that you can enjoy each and every day – The calendar this year has stickers you can you attach to the calendar, right? Fukuzawa: That’s right. Our goal was to make a fun calendar that’s very D-BROS, and one where our customers can participate in. – What was the design theme? Okada: This time, the theme was “transformation.” A polar bear becomes a…

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A Penchant for Collecting Things

10/3/2017 Designer's Blog, Jun Saito Jun Saito 5 min read

There are things that I take pictures of because they’re just wonderful, and collect a lot of because I fall in love with them at first sight. These things are educational toys. Today I’d like to share with you the toys that I’ve found during my travels, and even some that I’ve bought in Japan. “Bauspiel” by Bauhaus I fell in love with this the…

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My Hobby (Part 3)

9/26/2017 Designer's Blog, Megumi Saito Megumi Saito 4 min read

Hello, I am the designer Megumi Saito. This is part 3 of my posts about my hobby, and you can read the previous posts here (part 1) and here (part 2). Today I’d like to talk about country names. When you look closely at the stamps we have in Japan today, their face values and “NIPPON” are always be printed on them. The reason for…

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Sophisticated Handkerchiefs

8/24/2017 Designer's Blog, Kazuya Iwanaga Kazuya Iwanaga 7 min read

Hello, I am the designer Iwanaga. This is a continuation of my previous post, and it is about a product (handkerchiefs) available at the our newly-opened store in GINZA SIX. As I’ve written in my previous post, it took two years from the conceptualization of our kamon (family crest) products up until their launch. When it was decided that we would create a book that…

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Bamboo Chopsticks

8/18/2017 Aya Iida, Designer's Blog, Products Aya Iida 6 min read

In our studies into Japan’s traditional crafts, we have deepened our understanding of kamon (family crests), and at the same time, we’ve pursued our interest in obento (boxed lunch) culture which has a profound history. For modern bento boxes, we must also have the best chopsticks, so we’ve embarked on creating a new chopstick design. First, we researched the kinds of chopsticks that are out…

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Creator’s Diary 2018: From Start to Finish (Finished Product)

8/15/2017 Designer's Blog, Products, Ren Yamakawa Ren Yamakawa 5 min read

Hello, I am the designer Ren Yamanaka. This post is a continuation of my previous post about the Creator’s Diary. (If you’re interested in reading the first part, this is the link: “Creator’s Diary 2018: From Start to Finish (An Introduction).”) The subject of this post is the finished product, so I would like to talk about the colors of the covers, which is one…