Inspired by Ambiente and Heimtexil, two large interiors trade fairs in Germany, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is a complement and a not-to-miss addition of the trade fair circle on the other side of the world. Between 30 May and 1 June 2018, the interior design show with more than 700 exhibitors received more than 27,000 visitors mostly from Japan. There were also quite few shop owners, buyers, architects, and designers from other parts of the world – namely more than 35 countries were represented.
The 28th edition of the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo show at the Tokyo Big Sight West in the halls 1 to 4 and the Atrium was an industry event that runs twice a year to bring the latest, newest, quirkiest, and most fun interior design objects to the market. The high-quality products and outstanding designs set the industry bar high.
Well, that is nothing new coming out of Japan that is known for its exceptional focus on good design. New trends and tendencies were to be discovered ranging from kitchenware to fashion items, ceramics, storage, and more. The Japanese artisans coupled their talents with modern influences to display furniture, lighting, textiles, curtains, carpets, and much more.
At the Atrium, Yu Yamada curated the exhibition ‘For here or to go’. Inspired by the straightforward commercial culture of the coffee shops and fast food outlets the displays were efficient yet harmonious in their simplicity and balance. Another section of the trade show was dedicated to Nordic Lifestyle.
As we have seen earlier this year, it is a definite trend globally to gear towards minimalism – also not new to Japan – warmth, and the unobstructed lines used in both Japanese and Nordic design. A trade show in Japan without an area that focuses on gifts, accessories, and everyday items just would not be the real thing. The Interior Lifestyle Tokyo also did not disappoint in this regard with a well-curated and well-stocked section.