Small Business

Shelf esteem— Tokyo


Take two retail visionaries, one Tokyo store space and one great idea, and you’ve got the Good Design Shop, a concept store made to change the way people consume.

Good Design Shop, Nagaoka, Rei Kawakubo, Tokyo

Late last year, Rei Kawakubo, the creative mama-san of Comme des Garçons, had an idea for a concept shop that would highlight long-lasting design. A space became available on the same floor as the fashion brand’s shop in the Gyre building in Tokyo’s Omotesando district and Kawakubo knew who to call: Kenmei Nagaoka, founder of D&Department Project and critic of throwaway culture.

In late July, the two launched their Good Design Shop. At first glance, it’s a seemingly incongruous pairing. D&Department’s section resembles a warehouse, with lab beakers…

  1. Wooden photo frames made from used school desktops
  2. Lab bottles and beakers by Koizumi Glass Co. in Tokyo
  3. Kami Glass wooden cup with lid, made by Takahashi Kogei in Hokkaido

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