Posts Tagged ‘tokyo’

Vending machines have come a long way since they were first invented. Now vending machines vend anything from rice to sneakers to coffee beans. I would have loved to be in that era when you can buy your own meals, like in the video. Nonetheless, I am in my era and I have some great machines too.

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bookstairs.jpgDespite the fact that I am on my laptop almost 24/7, I still love books. As a child I had sets and sets of encyclopedias, most of them from Disney, but still – knowledge is knowledge. They used to be stacked neatly from A-Z on 3- or 4- level shelves. From there, my obsession with arranging things started. Even now, I categorise my books (or stack upon stack of paper) and they’re usually alphabetical in order. But the most annoying thing is living within London area, you don’t have that much space. Indeed, living in Tokyo, I have less space there. Thus with the lack of space, sometimes you have nowhere to “display” your books and you’re forced to keep some and you never know which ones to keep and which ones to display. And the shelves take up so much space and bla bla bla. But one guy figured the best of solving this, and I love it. It’s so simple and yet so easily overlooked. And it’s the best use of space I’ve seen so far.

There so now I’ve let out another secret obsession of mine. My birthday’s next week by the way ;)

Thanks for the pic, boing boing.

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Lookee what I came across! Great idea for a start-up designers’ studio (or photographer etc).2220274594_467fa7d4ae.jpg

And this is how he’d done it:


If you thought that was amazing, check out his whole flat transformation, from an old, run-down flat, to a sexy minimalist, modern interior. Respect!

Thanks, boing boing and akame

…are not prostitutes. Why would Gwen Stefani, good ol’ Gwenny, sing about prostitutes?

Harajuku is a trendy, somewhat eccentric area in downtown Tokyo. It is sandwiched between several upmarket shopping areas, Aoyama and Daikan-yama. This is where you’d find Burberry Blue Label (exclusively for Japan only, of course), Juicy, Rock Rep, Miu x2, Dior, Tod’s, Marc Jacobs, McQueen, Lagerfeld – catch my drift? Tokyo DRIFT! Ahem…I digress.

Anyhow, it’s the hybrid of the young designer plus upmarket designer that has created the culture of Harajuku.

Remember when I posted a video showing an interactive display in the Shibuya district of Tokyo? Well now Harrods has launched their own interactive display too. It will have 60 installations and one of them contains vinyls strawberries and strawberry lollipops that customers can take away.

Apparently these “interactive windows are the future of window display” and are intended to “encourage customers to enjoy the sights, tastes, sounds, touch and smells of the luxury store” and that they “engage target customers and make them remember a brand.”


source: retail week

Walk into a window display to get a lolly? Truly engaging, very futuristic.

Superb interactive window display in Shibuya, Tokyo of the fantastic fashion group, BayCrews.