Aspect examines what it means to engage with and experience the city.
Published by Tokyobike, Aspect shares the stories of people and communities in Tokyo and beyond, aiming to inspire readers to view familiar surroundings and daily life in a different light.
We believe that new perspectives can bring about positive change, expanding how we see the world around us.
At 31 years of age, Jiro Nagase is still in the early stages of pursuing his craft. Based in Tokyo’s Kita Ward, the emerging metal craftsman has been developing an impressive collection of products and artworks in recent years. Hand-hammered bowls, free-standing lights and modular furniture are among his works, which can be found in a growing number of shops and galleries around the country.
How did a simple stone, wrapped in woven leather, end up on the shelf behind the counter at Tokyobike Tokyo? Upon further inspection, the shop’s interior is filled with hints of the mountains and nature, curated by interior stylist Yumi Nakata. Curious to discover their origins, we reached out to Nakata, who explained her growing interest in the outdoors and its connection to city life.
The river shimmers in the afternoon sun. Golden light spills onto Ten’s concrete floor, extending up the cypress panels behind the counter. The shop’s soft grey interior, complete with custom fittings and an undulating walkway, blends minimal design with craftsmanship that extends to the smallest of details. Small clusters of craft wares, selected by shop manager Sae Kawai, sit in harmony with the space.
Handwritten characters are at the heart of the work of Daijiro Ohara. The designer translates familiar symbols in his own unique way, built on his exploration of the connections between language and the environment. When Ohara discusses the style of characters and letters, he speaks not only of our style as individuals, but the way our tools and surroundings influence the text we write.
Whether it’s a mechanical pen, washi wallet or bridge-inspired bag, Postalco products have a quality that extends beyond just functionality; an endearing nature that allows them to nestle their way into your daily life. This connection to the everyday can be traced back to the brand’s founders, Mike and Yuri Abelson, who share a curiosity for the world and our place within it.
In a renovated warehouse in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, Tokyobike’s newest shop opened its doors on July 10. Dating back almost 60 years, the building was transformed under the direction of Torafu Architects, creating a mixed-use space that builds upon its industrial background. “Renovation is a way of preserving the memories of a place,” explains Torafu co-founder Koichi Suzuno.