tokyo: isetan x mitsukoshi

© akihiro ito / koloro desk

designtide tokyo returns to town next week, yet isetan and mitsukoshi - two of tokyo's leading department stores - have kicked off their presentations today. the two retailers have teamed up to demonstrate their unique design expertise to showcase a wide variety of the discerning design tastes of the japanese capital. isetan transforms its landmark shinjuku store [1] into a small design week of its own. its street-facing windows, first floor stage and fifth floor lifestyle department all contribute to voice of material, an exhibition that displays the very essence of interior products, art and craftwork exist in their fine details. the theme at the mitsukoshi store in ginza [2] is 'for kids, with kids'. the koloro desk and koloro stool by japanese architecture office torafu are customizable mini-environments for urban kids with limited space in their rooms to decorate for themselves. other projects will also be presented, including scottish knit designer donna wilsonʼs 'christmas forest' and a collection of kid-friendly christmas tree ornaments from latvia. at mitsukoshiʼs store in nihonbashi [3] the theme is 'royal creation'. japanese lacquerware artist koichiro kimura customizes glassware and tuscan table settings into 'royal' equivalents. additionally, japanese maker of fine china syun-zan presents dishware by kaoru watanabe using 100-year old patterns from japanʼs meiji restoration period [on through nov 6]. location [1]: 3-14-1 shinjuku [shinjuku]. location [2]: 4-6-16 ginza [ginza]. location [3]: 1-4-1 nihonbashi muromachi [nihonbashi].

© akihiro ito / all koloro desks