The hot season in Japan is quite muggy and it is a great time to stay indoors. The Design Tokyo 2018 trade fair provided an excellent excuse from 4 to 6 July 2018 to do just that. The design trade fair specializing in products, gifts, textiles, decoration, fashion, outdoor living, dining, things for babies and kids, addressed key buyers and vendors from the design and lifestyle fields. Running for the ninth time, this show was bustling with suppliers predominately from Japan and Taiwan showcasing their latest gadgets and products in home and office décor as well as new items for the kitchen and garden. The designs from both countries follow along similar lines and the design sensibilities are quite congruent. The trade show was curated by a committee of interior design specialists working in the design world and interior decoration industry to select the best suitable products to be displayed at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center). Paul Galloway, collection specialist, Architecture & Design, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, Yasumichi Morita, designer and CEO of Glamorous Co. Ltd, Kazu Kawasaki, PhD Design director and professor emeritus Osaka University and Nagoya City University, Fumio Takashima, president and CEO FrancFranc Corp., Tomomi Nagayama, interior stylist at Casa Brutus and Elle Déco, did an excellent job in making sure that the visitors had a great exhibition experience. Three special zones: Aroma and Fragrances, Interior, and Japan now! were focusing on specific areas of the market. Interiors comprised everything from lighting to furniture, fabrics, home appliances down to photo frames, and vases. Japan Now! exhibited Japanese made products and designs only. This year’s Design Tokyo Product Award was given to five exceptionally innovative products. Peter’s pantry smart measuring cup for weight and volume, a ‘Zen’ concept of a modern carbon pot that can be used as a dish, beautifully designed garden secateurs to prune a Japanese garden, and a plume pen and ink holder from handmade glass and crafted wood. While the show does not immediately impact the interior design decision when building a new home or renovating an existing one, it is a valuable resource further down the line for sourcing the interior decoration or just to warm the heart with some fancy gadgets to set up around the house or the office.
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