Fancy seeing what are the latest interior design trends before re-decorating your place this spring?
New tendencies and designer collaborations are to be discovered at one of Japan’s most important design fairs, called Interior Lifestyle Tokyo. Exhibitors and visitors alike come from all corners of the world, including the likes of Martha Stewart, who made a cameo last time around. Held in the gigantic Tokyo Big Sight, the event hosts international brands, classified under different themes. For instance, Ambiente Trends will be displaying four different room set-ups to give a taste of what’s in style this year – think wood finishes, tromp l’oeil effects, graphic structures and opulent materials such as gold.
A platform dubbed Japan Style will focus on the local designs and exhibit select Japanese brands, from traditional domestic utensils to high-tech items. In that same vein, the Trend Cafe will serve Japanese fusion food, in a menu specifically created by Haruyuki Yamashita, who’ll put a twist on traditional Japanese fare. Different talk shows will be held throughout the duration, with topics such as “2014 Spring/Summer Lifestyle Trends”, “How is Japanese design going to survive in the Chinese market” and “Ask Yukio Hashimoto: This is the way Japanese design should appeal to the world”.
As it is a trade show, it’s impossible to buy directly on-the-spot, but it’s a great chance to get to know some designers and order items commercially or personally. Designers also get a chance to meet fellow creative minds to exchange ideas and start collaborations. And well, if you’re clueless about interior design, this might be a chance to catch a glimpse of that world; if it’s good enough for Martha Stewart, we’re there…
Interior Lifestyle Tokyo (click through for more info)
When: June 5-7
Where: Tokyo Big Sight (see map)
How much: ¥2,000 (trade only)/ Free (with free admission tickets or online registration)