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AXIS Vol.150

2011 March - April
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

Asian designers who seek success on the world stage

Here we introduce Asian designers competing on a global level, a variety of creators with diverse talents from Asian nations other than Japan, such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore who have made their way onto the world stage. What is it that has inspired them?

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Kaoru Kasai

Kaoru Kasai's design expression retains a fresh impression, like the clear flow of a river. His worldview that is often described as “having an open, comfortable atmosphere” is not eccentric, and it is no exaggeration to say it is a standard in design that is only renewed by the intelligence and class of Kasai himself.

Topics
Topics

The philosophy of Nils Holger Moormann

Low price; a famous designer’s name; ease of purchase thanks to the Internet or multiple outlets.... Although these are considered to be preconditions for selling products today, there’s a furniture maker who is steadily achieving success despite the fact its products do not abide by that formula. Located in the German Alps, the Nils Holger Moormann company has realized a sustainable, ecological management for over 20 years.

Opinion
Opinion

Mika Takagi

Cool Japan Office was established in the Manufacturing Industries Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Japan in June, 2010. Positioning cultural industries (creative industries) such as design, anime, fashion and films as strategic industrial fields for Japan, Cool Japan Office aims at developing Japan as a “nation of cultural industry” through supporting the advancement of such fields overseas. We asked Mika Takagi, Deputy Director of Cool Japan Office, about its perspective on the future.

Traditional Craft Forms
Traditional Craft Forms

Randoseru (Japanese elementary school rucksack)

Randoseru is a rucksack born in Japan. It originates from a canvas rucksack that was imported from the West with the military system at around the end of the Edo Period. It has been popular as an elementary school rucksack since the 1950s. In recent years, a lightweight type made of artificial leather has become the mainstay of the market, but the traditional hand-sewn genuine leather randoseru is more durable and maintains its form.