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Art yuri kinoshita • By Angela Cabotaje Light is a prized resource here in the typically overcast Pacific Northwest. So when a light fixture is considered to illuminate our homes, restaurants and stores, we know that it must not be just functional — it must also inspire and stir our imaginations. Kyoto native and current Seattle resident Yuri Kinoshita is here to do just that. Her lighting designs are organic, playful, comfortable and beautiful. From luminous cloudlike chandeliers to sculptural woven lanterns, each piece emits a softly filtered light and is designed to “shine” even when the light is turned off. The resemblance of Yuri’s creations and traditional Japanese shoji screens is not a coincidence. Yuri draws inspiration directly from her childhood memories of growing up in Japan and from her family’s kimono business dating back three generations. “The artistic spark within me as a child was gradually ignited by my continual exposure to the beauty of the kimono fabrics, houses and gardens designed by traditional Japanese artists and craftsmen,” Yuri recalls. An upbringing in such a creative environment led her to travel throughout Africa, Europe, South America and Asia. From her adventures, she formed a design viewpoint that combines traditional materials in innovative and creative ways. Today, Yuri has a studio in Seattle where she comes up with new concepts for her various projects and clients. Once the vision is finalized, an independent steel fabricator creates the metal lighting frame. Then Yuri cuts, prepares and weaves strips of washi paper to it. Her work has appeared in the Northwest, Japan and Germany, including a custom lighting installation in new restaurant Momiji on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Yuri is now looking forward to the challenge of outdoor lighting (she is working on making waterproof washi) while she continues to illuminate cherished space around the world. Info: www.yurikinoshita.com

<< Yuri’s recent works can be seen at the new Kyoto-inspired restaurant Momiji in Capitol Hill. Her lighting designs are organic, playful, comfortable and beautiful.

fashion tokidoki • By Angela Cabotaje The tokidoki lifestyle brand has developed a cultlike following around its larger-than-life characters and designs, and its partnerships with highprofile companies. The popular tokidoki (which means “sometimes” in Japanese) should not to be confused with 6% dokidoki, another exciting brand from Japan that has been featured in these pages. Creative director and co-founder Simone Legno loved to draw as a child growing up in Rome. He developed a deep love of Japan and its colorful culture as well. The brand tokidoki — always spelled in lowercase and

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characterized by its iconic heart and crossbones logo — was chosen as the name of his style because he feels “everyone waits for moments that change one’s destiny, by chance or by meeting a new person.” For Simone, that change in destiny was when his artwork caught the eye of entrepreneurs Pooneh Mohajer and Ivan Arnold. Together in 2003, they created tokidoki the brand and company, which has since become a worldwide phenomenon. Chances are you have seen tokidoki products in some form over the past few years. That’s because tokidoki not only creates eye-catching characters and designs that are cute, playful and full of life, but the company has also collaborated with some of the hottest brands out there, including Hello Kitty, The Black Eyed Peas, cosmetics chain Sephora, Marvel, Xbox, LeSportsac, Levi’s, Fujitsu and more. The products feature a steady rotation of characters that are cute and edgy, like the gun-toting cow characters from the Moofia collection or the gang of skeletons from the ‘Til Death Do Us Part series. The company can count apparel, handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, hats, watches, figurines, skateboards, laptop and phone covers, USB drives, headphones and cosmetics among its impressive array of products. With ever-growing collaborations and unlimited imagination, tokidoki brings the power of dreams to reality. The products are sold online at tokidoki.it as well as in select boutiques and department stores worldwide.

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IBUKI Magazine Vol. 14 November & December  

Japaense food & lifestyle magazine - IBUKI Magazine provides a variety of information on Japan, including traditional and modern arts and th...

IBUKI Magazine Vol. 14 November & December  

Japaense food & lifestyle magazine - IBUKI Magazine provides a variety of information on Japan, including traditional and modern arts and th...