Category Archives: Japan

Nosigner (Anything)

Admiring the package design created for ‘Maekake’ apron brand, Anything.  Maekake is a traditional style of Japanese apron worn by craftsmen and shop staff since the 15th century.  It is why the design studio, Nosigner, created their design together with the craftsmen of the last “ichi-gō maekake” manufacturing factory.  The original design for the packaging had difficulty being recognized as an apron.  Nosigner printed on rice bags, with legs illustrated to fit under the miniature design version of the apron. In this way the different designs can be easily seen and at the same time see how it is worn.

More of Nosigner designs can veiwed on their website. You can follow apron brand, Anything, here on their website.

Images:  Courtesy of Nosigner and Anything.

Yuki Koida

Printmaker Yuki Koida graduated from Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design.  The Tokyo-born artist carves her art out of wood and hand-prints the motif one by one.  Her images are inspired by the Nordic air she experienced during her stay in Sweden.  This body of work was created based on a variety of motifs that she observed from everyday life in a foreign country.  She works in magazines and advertisements, holds many exhibits and also sells her original prints.

You can view more of her work on her website and on Building Co., Ltd. who represents the artist.

Images:  Courtesy of Yuki Koida.

Takeno Senko

Found these fabrics on handmade market site, Iichi. These beautiful Hirali fabrics are manufactured in Sakai City, Osaka, a town that has been producing towels, yukata and cloth diapers for centuries. They have recently developed a new technique called roll printing that enables them to dye with different front and back colors. This double-sided saturated dyeing technique is considered revolutionary worldwide.  Takeno Dyeing Company are the printers and the product is sold under the brand, Hirali. 

Images:  Courtesy of Takeno Dyeing Company and Hirali.