Analogue Life - Japan

Good news for design lovers heading to Japan: one of our favorite online sources, Analogue LIfe, recently opened a small shop in a quiet Nagoya neighborhood. Owners Ian Orglas and Mitsue Iwakoshi collaborated with local designer Yoshiyuki Hibino of Beets to create a serene retail space (it's located a floor above Tsukihiso, a traditional art gallery). Their aim was to retain the traditional look and feel of the Show-era building while giving it a contemporary update. They removed the fusuma (sliding doors) and opened the space, adding a white ash wood floor to contrast with the existing dark wood. What the couple have deftly achieved is an airy space that still retains a traditional Japanese feel; it's all in keeping with their mission: to preserve traditional Japanese crafts and arts while making them culturally relevant in a modern world.

To browse the shop's wares, go to Analogue LIfe.

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