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Think of shopping in Japan, and the mind conjures images of Harujuku girls and the endless electronic billboards of Shibuyu. But despite its kawaii-cutesy name, the cult-worshiped Tokyo design store Playmountain (above) is something else entirely: a shrine to clean, artisanal product design. Bowls? Brooms? They’re not exactly the sexiest items on the shop floor, but as selected by Playmountain’s meticulous owner, Shinichiro Nakahara, they make a very good case for need-to-have status, and have lured design snobs worldwide.
Tomorrow, the store’s first shop-in-shop, curated personally by Nakahara, opens at the Nolita outpost of Creatures of Comfort. “Everything is really simple and functional and beautiful,” says proprietor Jade Lai. “The products really embody the current incarnation of Japanese craft.” Many of the offerings stem from Nakahara’s own projects with artists and craftsmen, like wood pieces from his Landscape Products line and ceramics from his Chin Jukan collaboration. From 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Creatures of Comfort will be hosting a launch party for the new shop, which is open to the public. And to quell any fears that this might be a polite little house wares party, the event will feature a performance by Soft Circle, the smash-it-up art rock band led by sometime Nike and Rogan collaborator Hisham Bharoocha. Just keep clear of the ceramics, please.
Playmountain shop-in-shop comes to Creatures of Comfort, 205 Mulberry St., NYC, (212) 925-1005, www.creaturesofcomfort.us, tomorrow through February 26.
You may not know Jade Lai, but if you’ve ever shopped at her L.A. boutique Creatures of Comfort, it probably feels like you do. The shop, tucked away on a strip of Melrose Boulevard in West Hollywood, overflows with pieces that reflect Lai’s taste for the funky yet timeless, which she skims from the collections of brands such as Alexander Wang, VPL, and Isabel Marant. Now Creatures customers can get even more intimate with Lai’s sense of style: This season, she’s introduced a capsule collection of Creatures of Comfort-brand jerseys, and for fall ’10, she’s expanding the line to include items like structured knit jumpsuits, polka-dot woolen skirts, and a little bow-front blouse she likes to call “Jade’s shirt.” “My friends call it that, because every time I wear that shirt I get complimented on it,” Lai explains. “So, obviously, I wear it all the time.” Eventually, she adds, she’d like to collaborate with other designers on special pieces and shoes and bags, “and, down the line, maybe do things like pencils and water bottles—I’m open to whatever.” In the meantime, the fall ’10 Creatures of Comfort collection will be sold at Steven Alan, the L.A. and online Creatures of Comfort stores, and, perhaps, at the New York City outpost Lai says she’s hoping to open later this year.