With special guests including Martha Stewart, the 22nd edition of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo concluded June 8 at Tokyo Big Sight with a record 652 exhibitors, 480 domestic and the remaining 172 from overseas representing 38 countries/regions.
Visitors attending the show increased 10% from 2011 to 26,485. The fair included Ambiente Japan, Heimtextil Japan, and Home Design Japan.
The annual award event, ‘Interior Lifestyle Award,’ took place on the fair’s first day. This year's show included five awards with new criteria developed for the appointed referees to chose the exhibitors they deemed most qualified. The winner for Young Designer Award will be invited to ‘Talents’ at Ambiente 2013 and is already receiving a lot of attention.
Space Design Award
Referee: Reiko Kawakami, Executive Director, Japan Interior Designer’s Association
Winner: FORMLADY Co., Ltd. Asahineko
Design Business Award
Referee: Teruko Mitarai, Director, Japan Design Consultants Association
Winner: NARUMI Corp.
Referee: Ryuko Kida, Editor in Chief of ELLE DECOR Japon, Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd.
Winner: Ishinomaki Laboratory
Best Buy Award
A laboratory set up by Keiji Ashizawa to support the quake-affected Ishinomaki city to create employment opportunity by selling hand-made design items.
Referee: Yohjiro Gotoh, Supervisor of THE CONRAN SHOP and Design Index Co., Ltd.
Winner: WASARA Co., Ltd.
Young Designer Award
Referee: Nicolette Naumann, Vice President of Ambiente/Tendence, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
Winner: Design Studio monochro