I made my way over to Javits Center this week for the New York International Gift Fair to check what what some of the Japan-related booths are offering. It’s always an interesting exercise to see what other people think other people will like. The center – if you’ve ever been there you know – is so massive in size that it’s daunting to even consider making the full round. So if I missed you, and I’m sure I did, I apologize. But here are a few items that caught my eye.
And for anyone who has always had that sneaking suspicion that there was something not right with their く shaped socks… finally! 90 degree socks. No, I didn’t try them on but apparently sock aficionados swear by them.
This was also cool and would have come in handy when I lived in a 400 sq ft studio on the upper west side. It’s a retractable indoor clothes line that works like this.
I also came across my favorite kid-friendly tableware. Looks like they have some new additions to their made-from-bamboo product line since I last checked in 2008.
It was a pleasure meeting Ebihara-san of Gallery 91, who has been actively involved in the NY-Japan design scene since 1983 (the year I moved to Tokyo). It was also nice to see that we share similar tastes. Many items they were carrying had been featured on S&T, such as Terada Architects’ greeting cards and Torafu’s air vase.
I also loved the idea of using charcoal as a natural water purifier. The perfect solution for replacing that ugly brita filter!
Lastly, a suggestion from Yuka-san led me to the handmade section where I found the curious work of UK-based jeweler Yoko Izawa. Her “veiled” jewelry, which is made from wrapping various objects with a delicate fabric, is almost Christo-esque but on a very small scale!