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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.
775: On the Sly
773: Fun with Ninniku
769: 100% Dry
765: Real Flatware
763: Ready, aim, snooze
761: That’s a wrap
759: Filming Nemo
757: Paper and Plastic
755: Mist Opportunity
753: Collect $200—then spend it!
751: Otaku’s Best Friend
749: Rhinestone Cowgirl
751: Otaku’s Best Friend
749: Rhinestone Cowgirl
747: Spinnerz
745: No Baggage
739: Sound Familiar?
737: Jet Blue
735: Hot Wax
733: Hot Tub
731: Outside the Box
729: Benchmark
727: Painting with Pixels
725: Sheer Brilliance
723: Straighten Up
721: Simplicity Rules
717: A New Leaf
713: A Suite Success
711: Samba seating
709: Say Unkl
707: Getting Dirty
705: City Slicker
703: Walk on water
701: First-Rate Second-Hand
699: Get a wave with it
697: Beyond the Paper Crane
695: Snappy Design
693: Posh Pad
691: Work of Art
689: Y’s for Living
687: Fall for fall
685: Eye Candy
683: Light as an Elephant
681: Green Summer
679: One-sided opinion
677: On your bikes!
675: Pint-Sized Play
673: Heaven Sent
671: The Shining
669: Any Ideas?
667: Dine in Style
664: Shoe Box
663: Artful Accessories
662: Celebrity Head
661: Outer Space
660: A brush with design
659: Street Smart
658: Jeans Country
657: Worth the weight
656: Jet set
655: Chaos Rules
654: Smooth Operator
653: Feel Your Art Beat
652: Sugar and Spice
651: State of the Art
650: Junior’s Room
649: Picture Perfect
648: Baby, we got designs on you
647: Mixed and Matched
646: Time traveler
645: Clear Thinking
644: Bag Lady
643: Under Wraps
642: Spine Design
641: Stretch out in Style
640: Material Worth
639: God is Brazilian
638: "Heaven and Earth" in your home
637: Precious Things
636: Stand to order
635: Über-embroidered Jewelry
634: Y, Hello
633: Bowl Patrol
632: From Virtual to Reality
631: In with the new
630: Light as a feather
629: Kyoto Premium
628: Oh, grow up!
627: Carrie it off
626: 007 Savvy for the Average Joe
625: Vanity fair
624: Gone Cuckoo
623: Hear her roar
622: Light me up
621: Style Setting
620: We Knead Style
619: Haute in Hong Kong
618: Little princesses
617: Second Nature
616: Camping out
614-615: Bags of Fun
613: John Brauer’s designs are rubbish…
612: Lights a go-go
611: Shake it up
610: From boring to soaring
609: Standing out
608: Scents of the season
607: Cute Dimples!
606: Hot Wheels
605: The X factor
604: Designs for life
603: Pretty in Pink
602: Building up
601: It’s a revolution!
599: Cloud
598: Animal Instincts
597: Amphibian Attack
596: Inner goodness
595: You complete me
594: Champagne wishes
593: Bring on Dodo Chic
592: Inspirational Shopping
591: Table Topography
590: Bless You
589: Protestant Walk Ethic
588: Block Party
587: Bowled Over
586: Light My Fire
585: Restir
584: Facing East
583: Chairman of the Board
582: Rainbow Coalition
581: Write Away
580: Inner Glow
579: Mother, May I?
578: Have A Seat
577: Wedding Belles
576: Racy Lace
575: Massage in a Bottle
574: Sporty Spice
573: Time after Time
572: Lighten Up
571: Prince Charming
570: Bling it on
569: Scent with Love
568: Flights of Fancy
567: Eye Catching
566: Arch Support
565: Light-Headed
564: Toy Story
563: Gilded Age
561-562: DIY Design
560: Domestic distractions
559: Watch Me
558: Aging gracefully
557: Surf’s up
556: Block party
555: Show pieces
554: Monopolize this
553: Oil paintings
552: Color me happy
551: Festival of style
550: The hills are alive
549: Madison Ave. moves East
548: Room service
547: Green is good
546: Sleeping beauty
544: Aroma therapy
543: Products of imagination
542: It's a man's world
541: Space age

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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