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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.
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By Trina O’Hara-Thawley

Flights of Fancy

Artist Eva Menz takes on some light construction work

photos Courtesy of Eva Menz

Alfred Hitchcock would be proud to own one of these lighting sculptures. Thousands of birds hovering overhead, circling a bulb like moths to a flame. These atmospheric and exquisitely crafted origami chandeliers are the work of international designer Eva Menz. German-born and London-based, Eva is fluent in four languages. Since graduating with a degree in product design from Central Saint Martins College in London, she has been busy testing one Japanese truism: The artisan who folds 1,000 paper cranes shall be granted one wish.

Eva’s unique works are painstakingly assembled using white silk paper. She also creates very large bespoke pieces for interior designing or public art installations. Her latest proposal for Lufthansa in their new air terminal in Munich is a string of giant yellow origami cranes to be hung high above the check-in counter. The crane is a symbol of peace and goodwill, so it seems fitting in today’s climate of international travel warnings and extra security measures that Eva’s designs take pride of place.
Eva’s origami lighting and public art installations are made to order; prices start from ¥154,000-¥287,000 depending on size, shape and color.

For further inquiries email info@evamenz.com or go to Eva’s website at www.evamenz.com M

 

Catch of the Day

Macramé meets high-tech when Wanders plays the strings

photos Courtesy of Droog Design/Robbie Kavanagh

Any urban goddess may want to plop herself down on this stringy number, yet it took an amazing amount of technology to get her there. Imagine you are a chair designer. Step one, take a floppy fishing net. Step two, get it to stand upright. Step three, make it support your body weight. Now you have some idea of the design problems facing Dutch design guru Marcel Wanders of Droog Design.

The not-so-classic look of the “knotted chair” rescues traditional macramé techniques from the stuffy image it has had since the ’60s, by linking it with the latest in industrial materials. The chair’s carbon-centered rope is knotted into the shape of a chair, impregnated with epoxy and hung in a frame to harden; gravity then does the rest.With its ingenious use of materials and technology, the knotted chair is one of those products that’s far ahead of its time.

Available at hhstyle in Harajuku (6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3400-3434. Open noon–8pm), or the new hhstyle store in Aoyama (NTT Aoyama Building, 2-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5772-1112. Open 11am-8pm). It is priced at ¥236,250 and is also available online at www.hhstyle.com M


Light Source

At Louis Poulsen they highlight the design classics

Trina O’Hara-Thawley

If you are wary of fashion statements and searching for exceptional lighting fixtures then the Louis Poulsen showroom in Roppongi is a surefire treat. Unlike your typical showroom, the store is more like an art gallery of design classics. (It’s on par with viewing the design objects at the Museum of Modern Art).

For more than seventy years, Louis Poulsen has collaborated with visionary architects and designers to produce innovative lighting solutions for interiors and exteriors. Many of their products have become “works of art” or “classics” not only for their design or creator, but also due to their unique and unusual light control. Take for example the “Artichoke” lamp (see photo) by Poul Henningsen, where he cleverly uses tiers of overlapping shades to direct light in different directions without ever revealing the bulb.

In close cooperation with architects and designers, Louis Poulsen has developed a flexible and innovative custom design department too. Many of the department’s products started off as “wild ideas,” becoming actual fixtures later on. At Poulsen you can tell they’re excited about experimenting with the latest possibilities in lighting technology and production techniques, and manager Yoshihiko Higuchi and his staff are only too happy to help architects, designers and homeowners make the right technical and design decisions.

Louis Pousen Japan, AXIS Building 3F, 5-17-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3586-5341, Fax: 03-3586-0478. www.louis-poulsen.com M

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