In store - Tokyo' coolest
Compiled by Mayumi Saito
|Wood You Like Co.
Wood You Like
You definitely wood to add a soothing, natural touch to your home. Much of the
furniture available in Japan is made of composite materials sandwiched between wooden
surfaces. Using authentic woods, however, this store provides simple, smooth and durable
furniture. To keep the naked feel and to add luster over years, Wood You Like Company's
furniture is all oil-finished and only requires a wipe with a soft cloth for daily
maintenance. Products include tables and desks, chairs and stools, benches and sofas,
cabinets, chests and dressers. Made from oak, cherry, walnut or maple, the furniture comes
in a wide variety of sizes, and many items can be custom-made with extra drawers, etc. The
glass-covered walnut "My Collection Table" comes in at JY103,000 and is equipped
with drawers on both sides and detachable separators. And the cherry "Four Delta
Console" (JY248,000) can accommodate up to 200 CDs in its drawers.
5-11-25 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku (Tel: 03-3797-1027)
Viva recycling! This store features used items, all fixed up and given face-lifts.
Discovered in flea markets or bought from antique dealers, this collection of catchy
designs spans the '60s, '70s and '80s. Furniture, lights and musical instruments prevail.
Before you buy you can request to test the electric devices in the store, but don't expect
sophisticated functions from those black-and-white TV sets - their selling point is their
anachronistic beauty. Check out Japanese toasters from the '40s (JY1000), Sanyo's antique
rice cooker (JY2000) and the Sony building-shaped radio from the '60s (JY38,000). Musical
instruments include a Yamaha synthesizer (JY38,000) and gut guitar (JY9800). Imported
findings include an Italian floor lamp (JY20,000) and a "Carnalton Fresh Milk"
American signboard (JY95,000). Just one item from Demode Q will bring a unique and retro
flavor to your home.
20-4 Shinsencho, Shibuya-ku (Tel: 03-3463-3225)
Cooking aficionados can find eclectic confectionery goods, pots and pans, as well as
professional items, at Grand Chef. Check out the assortment of American muffin and cookie
cups, French manufacturer Matter's Gingerman tart mold (JY5800), and other cake tins.
Kitchen whizkids should check out the Swiss Zyliss onion chopper (JY4000), usable right on
the cutting board, and the German Westmark ice-cube crusher (JY2800). Interesting local
products include an antique-looking scale (JY8000), a parsley and herb mill (JY1900), a
chestnut (or pumpkin) shackler (JY3000), and a revolving tea strainer (JY660) that can be
hooked on a cup. The copper radish grater (JY4200-JY5720) and bamboo cooking chopsticks
(JY780) are also professional Japanese chefs' favorites.
2-18-15 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku (Tel: 03-3724-8989)