Shop at the Japan Brand Pop Up store from May 18 – 30, 2009. All freshly picked for spring and available in every price range! Two weeks only.
Join us on opening day, May 18th for a special gift!
Find the perfect gift - buy from our exceptional array of Japanese artisan products – from unique home décor accessories, stationery, one-of-a-kind textiles, cookware, beautiful fashion pieces and lacquer ware products in every shape and color.
Japan Brand represents 23 distinct regional industries in Japan that encompass the core principles of their products: Artisan Quality, Practical Beauty and Regional Spirit. These centuries-old skills and craft traditions that have been passed down through generations are finding a fresh new expression in contemporary products.
Felissimo Design House
10 West 56th Street, New York City
Open to the public
May 18 – 30, 2009
11 AM – 6PM (Closed on Sunday)
Japan Brand Comes to Felissimo
January 25 - February 7, 2009
Few countries can boast the richness of Japan's craft traditions. From textiles and woodworking to ceramics, lacquerware and the culinary arts, Japan is a land where perfection has long been inextricable from the artisan's hand. And now, from within continuity emerges innovation—as Japan Brand: Unfolding will show from January 25 through February 7 at the Felissimo Design House in midtown Manhattan.
Both a cultural exhibition and a commercial fair, this unprecedented, two-week event will showcase contemporary products from 30 Japanese regions, each represented by its local chamber of commerce, where centuries-old crafts are finding fresh expression. It is a story of evolution—of the ancient pawlonia chest lending its expert joinery to modern sideboards. Of lacquerware and hand-woven textiles designed for the present, but made with a mastery inherited from the past. Celebrating artisanship, practical beauty and regional expertise, Japan Brand: Unfolding will reveal how Japan is creating new traditions as the old ones continue to unfold.
From Murakami to Hello Kitty, sushi to sake bars, and anime to video games, Japan’s influence has become more and more visible in arts, design, food, style, and popular culture. But there is so much more to discover—as Japan C, a groundbreaking showcase of all things Japanese, will prove. Beginning August 16 until November 1, this unprecedented 11-week festival of contemporary Japanese culture will take over the historic Felissimo Design House in midtown Manhattan. Spanning home and fashion accessories to gadgets, food, beauty and pop-culture products, Japan C will be part design exhibition, part bazaar, part trade fair, highlighting over 70 diverse Japanese firms who will be presenting and demonstrating their wares.
The goal is simple: to inspire visitors, including buyers, manufacturers, distributors and the general public, with the latest developments from Japan, while introducing the best of Japan to the American market. Discover the benefits of skin creams made from fermented rice by leading sake makers, or join the Japanese fad for collectible ‘keitai’ cell phone straps. Featuring robots of every shape, size and color, alongside all manner of zakka knickknacks, everything from kawaii anime characters, fine stationery and contemporary furniture to high-tech rice cookers promising the perfect bowl of rice, Japan C will represent all that Japan is today: Cool, Cute, Clever and Creative.
Partnered by UNESCO, DESIGN 21: Social Design Network is a new online community dedicated to addressing global social concerns. The Network is where members of the design community, socially conscious individuals, local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations (NPOs) can address social concerns and create smart solutions through design. It is a place where like-minded people can connect to share resources, inspire each other and take action.
The Allumonde ring is the symbol of the Social Design Network and was designed by renowned Dutch Designer Richard Hutten. 21% of the proceeds are donated - 19% to the charity or non-profit organization of the members choice and 2% to UNESCO.
Anyone around the world can become a member of the network and basic membership is free. Visit www.design21sdn.com to explore our exciting, new community!
Felissimo has worked with UNESCO since 1995. Design 21 was originally started as the International Design Award to promote a spirit of understanding and sharing among young creators of different cultures. Other projects include Tribute 21 Plate Collection, proceeds from which fund DREAM (Dance, Read, Express, Art, Music) Centers in post-conflict regions.
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