One of Ikea’s latest commercials “Cabinet Doors” features Russell Wong. He and his on-screen wife go shopping at Ikea to design their own kitchen. His wife’s approach is to throw a party and entertain friends with Russell as a waiter. On the other hand, Russell Wong wants to romance his wife with food by carving a rose out of a turnip. Ultimately, the couple designs their kitchen together.
(Thanks to Paul K. for the tip)
Russell Wong in Ikea commercial
Tokyo faces a new reality after the tragedy of 3/11. While persistent challenges still lay ahead, the city’s creative class is hell-bent on making sure that their hometown thrives. Innovative and resilient, they are defining the future of Tokyo on their own terms. See how art and entertainment is healing the people of Japan in this five-part web series. Go on an urban exploration of underground and above ground Toyko with musician Pharrell Williams along with Verbal of m-flo, Yuka Uchida, Mitsu of 3331, Kunichi Nomura of Tripster, Masafumi Watanabe of Bedwin, Sebastian Masuda of 6% DokiDoki, designer Yoon, Trippple Nippples, and more. See how design, fashion, and art in helps heal a country that’s been devastated.
Here’s a few more ways people have supported Japan:
Unite For Japan with Ken Watanabe, Tsunami Relief: Download to Donate, Songs for Japan, 2011 Japan Earthquake people finder, We Pray For You : YouTube Japan Tribute, or click on the “donate to Japan” button on the toolbar at the footer of channelAPA.com.
Tokyo Rising: Part 1 – Pharrell’s return to Tokyo
Tokyo Rising: Part 2 – Tokyo: Under and Above Ground
Tokyo Rising: Part 3 – Art in Flux
Tokyo Rising: Part 4 – The Remix Culture
Tokyo Rising: Part 5 – Trippple Nippples Show
Vern Yip, interior designer and star of several TV home improvement shows, talks about his latest design ideas, why we love TV home shows and how to get your house on a TV makeover show. Learn what it takes to get the most out of your home improvements. Every time we watch one of these shows it looks so easy to do, but not so easy for us to do.
Vern Yip talks Home Makeover Shows
More about Vern Yip Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star judge and designer for the annual HGTV Urban Oasis home, is an award-winning architectural and interior designer who gained national acclaim for his expertise in transforming homes and restaurants in his private design practice and on primetime television. Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs, and vernyip.com, where design tips are dispensed with consumer value in mind.
With a Bachelor of Arts in economics from The University of Virginia, a Master of Science degree in management and a master’s degree in architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology, Vern has used his varied educational background to build a distinguished business. His creations and room transformations range in budget from frugal to eight-figure projects for high-end clients, including the design for a high-profile Oscar party in 2006. His eclectic style is influenced from his world travels, which include childhood trips to Asia, Latin America and Europe.
The episode of Brand RMX gives us a glimpse into designer Jeff Staple’s foundations and work ethic from his early career at Rawkus Records in the mid 90’s to his becoming one of the most influential people in street culture today. In addition to being the founder and the Creative Director of Staple Design (Reed Space, Nike, LVMH, Levi’s, Sony, Kia Soul) since 1997, Jeff Staple is also the owner of the Reed Space shops which can be found in New York and Tokyo. In this conversation, Staple manages to inspire through his wisdom and attention to detail. Learn to become from good to great and how little things can make a big difference. It’s all about the small details! Check out his site here
Brand RMX with Jeff Staple – Part 1
Brand RMX with Jeff Staple – Part 2