Japanese designer creates beautiful vases which sway when flowers reach for the sun

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RocketNews 24 (Oona McGee):

A Japanese designer has created a vase that moves with your flower arrangement.

Floral arrangements are a work of art in Japan, where ikebana practitioners focus on the line, form and shape of flowers to create beauty through structure and minimalism. Extending that practice to the flower-holding vessel is Japanese designer Keisuke Fujisawara, who has created a line of vases that sway and move with the arrangement, as it reaches for the sunlight or as it drops its petals.

▼ Ikebana literally translates to “Living Flowers”, and these vases highlight the energy within the arrangement.

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The drop-shaped vases are made from steel and come in five different colours with a brilliantly mirrored coating. The reason they sway, with or without the touch of a hand? When flowers are placed in them or as they bloom and fade away, the weight that sits at the bottom of the vessel changes. Subtle movements alter its centre of gravity, changing its direction while keeping it upright at all times.

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The vases appeared at a furniture design exhibition at Gallery Le Bain in Nishi Azabu in Tokyo in March last year. Since then, they have been hard to come by, so if you’re thinking of making a purchase, it would be best to contact the designer via his officia lwebsite or Facebook page.

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Stormzy drops a new freestyle for the adidas Originals by NIGO (Japan) release

After being featured on the latest adidas Originals by NIGO lookbook, burgeoning Grime artist Stormzy drops a new freestyle to commemorate this special occasion.
Titled “NIGO DUPPY,” the Croydon native’s 1 and a half minute freestyle is accompanied with the visuals above, that showcase him and his crew rocking some of the forthcoming collection’s apparel and footwear releases in and around London.
Look to purchase the latest collaborative release between the Three Stripes and Japanese style icon starting September 1.

BoF examines the successes of Rei Kawakubo’s protégés

Nike to collaborate with Commes des Garçon pattern cutter Chitose Abe’s innovative label Sacai

Nike has unveiled its plans to release a womenswear collection in collaboration with Sacai, the innovative Japanese label helmed by former Commes des Garçon pattern cutter Chitose Abe. Constantly reinventing her signature runway looks with exciting textures and material, Abe has garnered an impressive fanbase within the fashion industry, including the beloved Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.

The Japanese designer will now lend her dynamic designs to Nike Sportswear, crafting an eight-piece collection with inspiration from the sportwear giant’s extensive history. “Our excitement to work with Chitose was really born from her unique understanding of form and silhouette. Many of her collections have inspired the design team at Nike, through her elegant and graceful application of materials” said Kurt Parker, vice president and creative director of Nike Sportswear.

For more information on this collaboration, visit Business of Fashion.

NIGO & Tetsu Nishiyama to debut DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE® this Month

Two of Japan’s the biggest streetwear designers in BAPE‘s NIGO and WTAPS/FPAR‘s Tetsu Nishiyama have come together to announce a new project titled DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE®.

As unusual as the name might sound, we’re sure that there will be some serious heat being put together with the coming together of two highly creative individuals. The joint venture will launch in spring/summer 2015 through Japanese online store ZOZO, with an exhibition at Gyre in Aoyama, Tokyo on December 13 which will give fans a preview of the collaborative effort.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding DOUBTFUL AS DOUBLE®.

Rizzoli releases the “Yamamoto & Yohji” Book

Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection

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Y-3 has unveiled the remaining silhouettes in its latest 2015 spring/summer footwear collection. Adopting a predominantly muted color palette of black and white, the lineup encompasses models such as the new Qasa Retro Boost, Laver slip-on, Held 2 high-top, Kaohe sandal and Kohna Futuristic as well as two of the original Qasa silhouettes. While the sneakers incorporate incognito colors, the materials utilized create an interesting effect like with the rest of the previous releases, where we find neoprenes, suedes and leather accents tastefully adorning different areas.

Take a look at the collection above and head over to Antonioli to pre-order, with arrival expected by March 31 next year.

Image of Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection

Image of Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection

Image of Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection

Image of Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection

Image of Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection

Image of Y-3 2015 Spring/Summer Footwear Collection