Shibuya’s Zenmall (29-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; 03-3770-1641), known for offering large clothing for men, is holding a two-day Early Bird Pre-Summer Sale. The sale will take place on the mornings of April 12 (Sat) and 13 (Sun) for three hours (9am-noon) each day. During these times, nearly everything will be marked 20-80 percent off. Some of the bargains include suits with a spare pair of pants for \9,800 (sizes 3-8L), and summer casual jackets for \8,000 (3-6L). Imported designer suits by makers like Calvin Klein and Boss are also marked down to \39,000 and \59,000, respectively. Those who spend over \10,000 can take part in the Cash Grabbing Contest, where shoppers can dig into a box full of cash. Spend over \30,000 for two chances to grab, and \50,000 for three. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as it could be one of the few chances for those looking to buy large sizes in Japan, especially at affordable prices.
DESIGNER FERRUCCIO LAVIANI CREATES PLASTIC A LA OPULENCE
PHOTO COURTESY OF KARTEL
JANUARY PROVIDES THE TIME-HONORED tradition
of starting anew. It is also the time when design pundits
predict the interior trends of 2005. Here is our guess for
2005. This will be the year for classic, luxuriously styled
interior products using modern materials. Like the fresh and
flirtatious Bourgie table lamp by Italian designer
Lavianis lamp is shaped like a Baroque lamp, only it
is transparent polycarbonate plastic, a quirky reference to
the precious, crystal lamps of yesteryear. Its techno
savvy too. The lamp has a clever touch-sensitive dimmer switch
system, so a quick touch will turn the lamp on or off, while
a longer touch gradually increases or decreases the strength
of the light. Bourgie can be assembled at three different
heights, allowing you the choice of table, desk or floor lamp.
Bourgie comes in transparent clear and black smoke color (¥28,000)
or the seriously lavish, limited edition in chrome plate or
24-carat gold plate (price on application).
Available at Kartell in Ozone, 4F
Shinjuku Park Tower, 3-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Tel:
03-5322-6808 or visit the new flagship store in Aoyama at
2F Collezione, 6-1-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5468-2328,
fax 03-5468-2327. Open 11am-7:30pm, closed Wed. M
PATRICIA URQUIOLA TABLES A NEW DESIGN LANGUAGE
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARTELANO
IF YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION IS TO RID yourself of
household clutter, then Spanish design superstar Patricia
Urquiolas collection will have you clearing the table
tops with a sweep of the arm. Her fabulous Damasco
stained oak tables, featuring lacquered inlay floral motifs
(in white or gray) happily sit next to graphic retro 50s
and 60s textiles, minimalist modern furniture or any
design style in between.
Hurricane Urquiola, as she is known by her friends,
has an extensive design portfolio which includes companies
like Alessi, Kartell, Capellini, B&B Italia, Moroso and
Molteni. She was named 2004 Designer of the Year by the Elle
International Design Awards.
If you want to add these designs to your lust list of furniture,
the round table (130x73cm) is priced at ¥262,500 and the
rectangular coffee table ¥165,900.
Available at CIBONE, B1 Aoyama Bell
Commons, 2-14-6 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3475-8017.
Open 11am-9pm. www.cibone.com
DESIGN LUMINARY PHILLIPE STARK REINVENTS THE CHANDELIER
PHOTOS COURTESY OF YAMAGIWA
STARK HAS ELEVATED glassware a notch higher than the top
shelf, with his latest design for the company Flos. His new
breed of chandelier emits soft, low-voltage light through
individual blown and hand-cut lead crystal vases, mounted
on a clear glass platform that is hung from the ceiling. Call
it ceiling frosting or jewelry for the home, this remarkable
design provides evocative nighttime ambiance or daytime whimsy.
Cicatrices De Luxe are available in 3-, 5-, and 8-light versions.
De Luxe 3 is priced at ¥273,000, De Luxe 5 is ¥336,000
and De Luxe 8 is ¥525,000.
Available at Yamagiwa Livina, 1-5-10
Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-3253-5111. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7:30pm,
Sat, Sun and hols 10:30am-7:30pm. Nearest stns: Akihabara,
Ochanomizu. Also available at CASSINA, 2-12-14 Minami-Aoyama,
Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5474-6581. www.cassina-ixc.jp
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