A 3D-Printed Garment Envisions an Underwater Future

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                                Designer and material scientist <a href="http://www.junkamei.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jun Kamei</a> is looking ahead toward solutions to help people adapt to the sea level rise caused by climate change, predicted its effects upon between 0.5 &#8211; 3 billion globally along some of our most populous cities. His vision <a href="http://www.junkamei.com/work#/amphibio/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Amphibio</a> is a 3D printed amphibious garment designed to work with, not against, the possibility many of us will increasingly live in close proximity to water.
Designed at the Royal College of Art in collaboration with the RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab, Kamei studied how aquatic insects use a thin layer of air trapped across their carapace, a super-hydrophobic surface that operates as a gas-exchanging gill. Noting this evolutionary adaptations, Kamei developed a special porous hydrophobic material engineered to allow underwater breathing by extracting oxygen from the surrounding water while also removing accumulated carbon dioxide in similar fashion, forming what might appear as entomological-inspired haute couture.
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DESIGN TOKYO: A Lifestyle Expo for Design Lovers

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                                <a href="http://www.designtokyo.jp/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lifestyle Expo Tokyo 2018</a> is a big show highlighting the best of Japanese and Asian-Pacific design for gifts, handicrafts, homewares and lifestyle products. This year’s show is organized by Reed Exhibitions Japan and will be held from July 4-6, 2018 at the Tokyo Big Sight, with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the show on July 4. We are especially excited about our media partnership with <a href="http://www.designtokyo.jp/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">DESIGN TOKYO</a>, where you&#8217;ll find more modern design items from new and established designers.
Here’s what you can expect to see: There are seven different sections of the show. Giftex Tokyo, featuring small lifestyle products in three different zones: Made in Japan, Wazakka & Craft Goods, and Japan Now; Baby & Kids Expo, specializing in fashion, toys, baby care products, and maternity goods; Fashion Goods & Accessories Expo Tokyo, covering all fashion-related products; Table & Kitchenware Expo
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Sip, Shop and Stay in Shibuya at a Modern Teahouse-Themed Hotel

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                                <a href="http://hotelkoe.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">hotel koé</a> isn’t your traditional Japanese hotel. That’s because the concept for the property designed by <a href="http://www.suppose.jp/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Suppose Design Office</a> was to launch a flagship shop for the apparel brand <a href="http://hotelkoe.com/fashion/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">koé</a>. The design team proposed that instead of just offering a shop that’s opened during regular retail hours, why not build a hotel and community hub that will bring together locals and tourists alike to experience the koé brand 24/7?
Located in the trendy district of Shibuya known for its music and fashion culture, hotel koé offers visitors a place to grab a good meal and listen to some tunes right when you enter. The first floor consists of a restaurant and pop-up space to feature live music and dancing on the weekends. The racks of koé apparel are simply lifted to create this entertainment space. The grand wooden staircase doubles as seating for cafe and event guests. On the second
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Art-Centric BnA STUDIO Akihabara Hotel Features Five Livable Art Rooms

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/art-centric-bna-studio-akihabara-hotel-feature-five-livable-art-rooms/301-responder-81-bastards-2-photo-tomooki-kengaku/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/301-RESPONDER-81-BASTARDS-2-photo-Tomooki-Kengaku-810x608.jpg" alt="Art-Centric BnA STUDIO Akihabara Hotel Features Five Livable Art Rooms" /></a>
                                There’s another side to the serene, cherry blossom-filled nature scene in Tokyo and that’s the eclectic, sensory-overload district of Akihabara, where creative collective <a href="https://www.bna-hotel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">BnA STUDIO</a> has just opened <a href="http://www.bna-akihabara.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">a new art-centric hotel</a> with a vibe that matches the neon scenes from the streets. Following the opening of <a href="http://www.bna-koenji.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">BnA STUDIO Koenji</a>, the <a href="http://www.bna-akihabara.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Akihabara location</a> explores the Tokyo art scene and further more supports it by implementing a revenue share system that benefits the artists/designers that have played a role in designing the hotel.
There are five livable art rooms, each designed by local Tokyo-based artists and designers. Each room comes with everything you might need for your stay: furnished kitchens, washer/dryer, high-end bathrooms, and Netflix (because why not?). Each time a room is booked, a portion of the revenue goes to the artists that designed the room as a way to create a system that promotes exposure and continual
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