Category Archives: Japan

Juho Viitasalo

Love these simple sophisticated Nordic patterns created by Finish industrial designer Juho Viilasalo. He is currently living in Japan and is the chief designer for Propex Design, a design consultancy company in Osaka. He is also the owner and chief designer at Design Viitasalo Ltd. in Finland. The patterns have been used in smart phone cases and furoshiki (wrapping cloth) textile for the Japanese brand, Kotonowa.

Images: Courtesy of Juho Viitasalo.

Sachie

Found these embroidered linen tote bags from Japanese handmade market site, Minne. The name of the maker is unavailable but her profile says the she has had an apparel practice for 15 years and has since decided to make her own favorite things. Her embroidered accessories are sold under the brand name, Sachie. You can see more of her work on Minne as well as on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Sachie.

Ayao Yamana (1897-1980)

Ayao Yamana (1897-1980) was an illustrator and graphic designer in Japan. The lead director for the design department of Shiseido Company was strongly influenced by French Art Deco which was very popular with the women in the 1920’s. His elegant and delicate illustrations decorated many of the the packaging and printed advertisement for the company. His five decade career produced an enormous and prodigious body of work.

Images: Courtesy of Google Images.