Interview with Yoshie Watanabe of KIGI, the Designer of the 2019 Calendar “Memory’s Door”

12/10/2018 Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 4 min read

Tracing Back to Childhood Memories –Where did the idea of opening a door to reveal illustrations for a calendar come from? The idea of opening and closing for a 3D effect came from Mr. Uehara (laughs). –This year’s title is “Memory’s Door.” Last year’s title was “Memory” too, right? ▲The 2018 Calendar “Memory” I used old photos as last year’s motif, but this time I…


Our 2019 Calendars and Diary are Now on Sale!

9/12/2018 Editor's Blog, Information, Products Eriko Fujitani 7 min read

Many of our customers look forward to our D-BROS calendars every year. Finally, our 2019 calendars and Creator’s Diary are now on sale! Since it’s something you’ll use every day for a year, we want it to be fun, and we hope that you’ll enjoy it as part of your décor. As always, our designers included thoughtful details and fun tricks in our calendars (5…


“Time Paper” – A Clock that Can be Enjoyed Like a Poster

5/16/2018 Editor's Blog, Products Eriko Fujitani 5 min read

D-BROS’ “Time Paper” is a new type of clock that changes the very idea of how a clock should be. Here, we introduce our “Time Paper,” which can be attached and reattached to a wall like a poster, and can be a fun way of enjoying interior design.   The Catalyst was Casting Aside Preconceived Notions and Impressions A clock is a special object in…


Our D-BROS GINZA SIX Store was Featured in the Magazine “Shoten Kenchiku”

5/9/2018 Editor's Blog, Media Eriko Fujitani 3 min read

Our D-BROS GINZA SIX flagship was featured in the February issue of the architecture magazine “Shoten Kenchiku.” The store’s interior was designed by Mr. Hironaka Ogawa of Hironaka Ogawa and Associates. For D-BROS’ new store with a theme of Japan’s traditional crafts, Mr. Ogawa thought of using traditional, wooden construction methods for the space. The pillars and joists consist of thick Japanese cypress wood, and…


DRAFT Art Director Takuma Fukuzawa has Won a “JAGDA New Designer Award” in the 2018 JAGDA Awards

4/27/2018 Information, Takuma Fukuzawa Eriko Fujitani 4 min read

One of our art directors, Takuma Fukuzawa, has won a “JAGDA New Designer Award” in the 2018 JAGDA Awards. Beginning with the winning D-BROS product, much of our work for clients has been acclaimed. The “JAGDA New Designer Award 2018 Aki Kanai / Masaki Hanahara / Takuma Fukuzawa” exhibition of winning entries will be held starting May 24th at the Creation Gallery G8. Afterward, the…


An Interview about “Color Drops,” the New Flower Vases

4/24/2018 Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 5 min read

“Color Drops,” the latest product line in the “Flower Vase” series is finally on sale. This is the 17th iteration of “Flower Vase,” and it features a pop design with paint colors seemingly dripping from the rim. We asked the duo behind KIGI, who was in charge of the art direction, about this line’s design. –The new line is called “Color Drops.” How did the…


Notice of the Closing of our ecute Shinagawa D-BROS Store

4/18/2018 Information Eriko Fujitani 2 min read

Thank you for your patronage of D-BROS products and stores. Our ecute Shinagawa branch has closed last January 8, 2018. We sincerely thank all of you for your support since our opening in 2011. Our flagship store is now located in GINZA SIX which debuted in Ginza in the spring of 2017. We will continue our efforts in providing enjoyable design to more customers than…


The Meanings in Kamon

2/9/2018 Editor's Blog, Products Eriko Fujitani 7 min read

Kamon, or family crests, have been used since ancient times to indicate lineage and social status. Originally, in order to distinguish oneself from other people of the same clan, that person would create his own trade name using the name of his land, etc. which became his last name later on. As of this year, it is said that approximately 20,000 kamon exist. Did you…


We Have Begun Offering a “Kamon Imprinting Service” at our GINZA SIX Store

1/30/2018 Information Eriko Fujitani 3 min read

We opened our store at GINZA SIX as a way of handing down Japan’s traditional crafts to future generations. In this light, we as graphic designers conceptualized our kamon (family crest) line with the desire to pass on beautiful kamon, which is said to be the origin of graphic design in Japan, to succeeding generations. Since ancient times, kamon was proudly handed down as a…


Part 7 of a Dialogue with Satoru Miyata: Handing Down the 24 Terms of the Solar Year

12/21/2017 Akiko Sekimoto, Dialogue with Satoru Miyata, Interview, Products Eriko Fujitani 14 min read

Our popular “24 Terms of the Solar Year Calendar” was created based on a new theme which we at D-BROS have never used before. Why did we pick the 24 terms of the solar year at this point in time? What did we want to convey using a calendar? We present a dialogue between Akiko Sekimoto, the designer of the calendar, and Mr. Satoru Miyata….