This is What’s #Trending in Japan by BrandsExclusive

If it’s cool or trending, chances are it started in Japan. From the ultra-colourful Harajuku girls to the sleek street-style of Shibuya, here our buying team bring you the latest and greatest fashion and beauty trends coming out of Japanese culture.

1. Under-Eye Blush
Because blush on your cheeks is sooo last season. In the Japanese beauty world, girls are opting for ultra-pink rouging underneath the eyes – giving off a sweet and innocent vibe.

2. Coloured Contact Lens
Purple, aqua, pink – you name it, they’ve got it! Coloured eyes are everywhere at the moment, and gives off a striking appearance in a country whose majority of residents have brown eyes. Take it one step further with a zebra or galaxy pattern.

3. Wide Leg Denim
You heard it here first, wide leg is back in a big way. The wider, the better. Pair it with a denim shirt, and distressed details and you’ll fit right in.

4. Berets
No longer just the domain of the French girl, berets have become all the rage for Japanese street style. They give any outfit an instant ‘cool girl’ lift, plus they keep your head warm, win win!

5. Faux Freckles
Growing in popularity in Western culture, drawn on freckles are beauty 101 in Japan right now.

6. Coloured Glasses
Once left to Anastasia and the early 90s, the coloured glasses trend is back. The bolder, the better.


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10 Modern Treehouses We’d Love to Have in Our Own Backyard

Does that childhood feeling of running away to live in a treehouse ever really leave us? The magic of escaping to a fantasy life high above in the trees sounds pretty great, but realistically we all have to grow up and be adults, but that doesn’t mean we can’t build a little getaway for some quiet time. We rounded up 10 modern treehouses that we’d love to retreat to when we need a little calm.

10 Modern Treehouses We’d Love to Have in Our Own Backyard

RPA’s Treehouse sits on a steep ridge in Los Angeles’ Nichols Canyon and is used as an office/studio and getaway, complete with a unique butterfly roofline.

Photo by Ricardo Oliveira Alves

The Tree Snake Houses were designed by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade in Portugal to resemble a snake sliding through the trees in a forest.

Photo by Johan Jansson

Snøhetta is responsible for the jaw-dropping Treehotel, located in a forest in Northern Sweden. Their latest elevated cabin is called The 7th Room and it’s a two-bedroom space nestled amongst the trees. You’ll do a double take when standing underneath it because they covered the bottom of the cabin with a black and white print of trees.

Photo by Henrietta Williams

Nozomi Nakabayashi designed this Hut on Stilts high off the ground amongst the trees. The cozy space can be used as a sleeping getaway or a writer’s office, safely away from all distractions you’d find on the ground.

Courtesy of The HemLoft

The HemLoft is a private house within the trees in Whistler, Canada, that’s located about a five minute walk from the closest road. The egg-shaped hideaway was built and completely self-funded by software developer Joel Allen.

In Calistoga, California, O2 Treehouse designed this two-story treehouse for overnight guests and play. An upper level, which is an enclosed room, cantilevers out over a long catwalk and is accessed through a trap door.

Courtesy of Treehouse People

Designer Takashi Kobayashi heads up a collective called Treehouse People and has built over 120 treehouses in Japan, including this one. The box-like structure features wavy planks of recycled wood as shingles on the exterior to achieve its unique look.

Photo by Greg Cox

In a suburb of Cape Town, Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design designed this unusual, cabin-like treehouse in a clearing amongst a bunch of trees. The layout resembles a pinwheel with a central square that has four circles just off of it.

Photo by Cris Beltran

Daniel Cabezas, Rosario Velasco, and Joan Sanz designed and built Villa Ardilla as an artist residence on a hillside in Granada, Spain. The tree-surrounded retreat also ditches typical wood as its main material and instead uses corrugated metal that’s painted red and green.

Photo by Markus Bollen

Perched 11 meters off the ground, this treehouse by Andreas Wenning of German firm baumraum is a getaway for the owners whose main house is on the property. A small door in the roof of the garage is how to access the spiral staircase that leads to the treehouse above.


Seeing Shapes in Terrazzo with Society6

Seeing Shapes in Terrazzo with Society6

Earlier this week I saw these images and they kind of took my breath away. The chips of pearl accented by golden brass were just too pretty to ignore and made me take notice of the different shapes of the pearl because of the iridescent reflections bouncing off the surfaces. These coasters and trays aren’t made of terrazzo but could be a close cousin, in my opinion. The beauty of terrazzo is that every slab is unique because of the different shapes and materials mixed in. Inspired by this, I checked to see if any artists on Society6 had made a print of this pattern because I could definitely see the jewel-like pattern framed in a living room or even a nursery. Sure enough, Society6’s collective of artists are two steps ahead of me. Here are some of my favorite prints of this fun pattern…

TERRAZZO COLLAGE art print by Clog

Natural Terrazzo Stone Structure Pattern Pastel art print by 5mm Paper

Time art print by Hanna Kastl-Lungberg

Terrazzo Texture #4 art print by Cafelab

Terrazzo 2 art print by Mareike Böhmer

Pastel Terrazzo art print by Sylvain Combe

terrazzo confetti art print by Jmdphoto

Terrazzo Abstract Design Gray & Salmon Pink art print by 5mm Paper

Green tropical leaves on terrazzo pattern art print by Marta Olga Klara

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.


Way On: Providing Solutions For New Habits of Society

Way On: Providing Solutions For New Habits of Society

This year at Salone del Mobile 2017, the University School of Design and Art of Barcelona (EINA), put their students front and center with Way On. Showcasing six projects developed by third and fourth year students in the Design program, each project explored the idea of user experience and provided solutions to an ever changing world. The Way On initiative was coordinated by professors Javier Nieto and Oriol Ventura.

Though Nomad may first seem like a giant chair, it is in fact a shelter for everyday life. This shared space, designed by Ferran Gesa and Caterina Vianna, is a different way to work together and get a moment’s respite during a busy day.

Köllen Tryk is no ordinary wall hanger. Students Oriol Campillo, Núria Jané, Adrián Soldado and Paula Terra combined forces to create an interactive hanger that the user can play with. By pushing the knobs in or out, the user can change the composition of the hanger to fit the clothes.

Y-light is a modular light that adds the user’s unique touch to any space. It’s a light that is made up of Y-shaped modules, making it easy to put together in different forms, proving a custom look. It was created by Clara Alfós, Sara Coll, Andrea Martínez, Ariadna Puigdomènech, Maria Roca, Sergi Rodríguez and Anna Vicho.

The Trote Chair is redefining an ordinary office chair. After an analysis of today’s office trends, Elisa Alcaide, Oriol Cabarrocas, Joan Mateu and Marina Vidal decided to create a chair that’s inspired by a children’s game. The Trote Chair provides a rocking balance that’s relaxing, while also still be functional to work with.

Not quite a magic carpet (but close!), the Imagiro, designed by Júlia Riera, Sonia Santos and Anna Solà, is a carpet that will let your imagination run wild. It’s a decorative carpet while also acting as a game for adults and children alike. Its inner mesh makes it easy to easily transform the carpet into drastically different designs like origami.

Cut the Cube is a shelf that features your design. Inspired by a cube, Katia Aleix, Josep Maria Borbon, Alanis Esté, Lourdes Fernàndez, Denis Lara, Pol Martinez and Maria Palau wanted to create a shelf that had the qualities of a cube, but would encourage interaction with a user. Thus, Cut the Cube, a storage tool that can be customized to a user’s desires.


adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith Special Editions

adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith Special Editions

adidas Originals is giving the Stan Smith a new spin with the help of Danish textile company Kvadrat. The collaboration looks to Copenhagen for inspiration by decking these special editions with Kvadrat’s Squares fabric by Danish designer Vibeke Rohland. The textured fabric features a geometric pattern of dots in various colors atop a complementary background. Instead of the usual 3-stripe perforations on the sides, the adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith kicks are finished with embroidered lines, along with a contrasting fabric on the heel patch and classic white cupsoles.

The adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith sneakers will be available in Navy, Pink, and Core Black starting July 6th, 2017.


Renegade x Design Milk Spotlight: Deoria Made

Renegade x Design Milk Spotlight: Deoria Made

We are excited to share the news that we’ve teamed up with Renegade Craft Fair! At select Renegade events, we’ve selected one emerging designer, maker, or artist for the Design Milk Spotlight. Each Spotlight maker will receive a sizable booth at a local Renegade event and be highlighted here on Design Milk and on Instagram. In addition, Renegade will be sharing each Spotlight maker with their own community. It’s our mission here at Design Milk to share people making awesome stuff, and we think Kyle D’Auria, Founder of Deoria Made in Portland is doing exactly that. He’ll be showing his products at Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles next weekend: July 8th and 9th at Los Angeles State Historic Park. If you’re planning to be there, definitely check him out and give him a high five! Kyle designs and makes wood products, primarily cutting boards, coasters and kitchen-related items. Each piece is handmade and therefore unique. I spoke to Kyle a bit about his background and how he started his creative business:

How did you get started woodworking?

I’ve always felt a strong tie to wood, especially relating to its use in home construction. I grew up in Tucson, sort-of on my Dad’s job sites. In my earliest years he was a fireman, but on his days off he built homes. I spent a lot of time alongside him those days, seeing his visions go from blueprint to house. It was a formative part of growing up, and in hindsight it instilled in me this understanding of the creative process – of bringing ideas to physical form. Later, in high school I became enamored with visual art, and later attended art school in college. When my work became more sculptural, I found myself drawn to the use of building materials, especially 2×4 studs; there was something about how they represent that process of bringing ideas to fruition, and could be use as metaphor for “home.” When I moved to Portland after graduating from college, I learned about the strong roots this Stumptown has in the timber industry, and basically felt a strong pull to just take a deeper dive into the material that seemed so emblematic of the city. I dabbled with the material the way most novices do – making projects for my home, thinking that I would take those skills back to my visual art practice. But, as time progressed, my vision of myself as an artist changed; my definition of visual art broadened; and since then my business and the work I make there has become my art.

How does your background in sculpture help you in making functional objects?

The BFA program I attended at the University of Arizona had a 3-D, or sculpture emphasis, but it was really more of a mixed media program that was very conceptually driven. The focus was less on design or fabrication, and more on the development of ideas, and their implementation into visual artworks. The program was very critical, or at least I took it very seriously, and there were constant considerations given to the weightiness of how art-choices helped or hindered the idea being conveyed. This set me up well to ask similarly critical questions about every little aspect as I began to create my business. I continue to ask myself those critical questions as I hone my craft and build new collections, but I am also asking those critical questions as I develop my business.

What do you like about living and working in Portland? What’s the design scene like?

The product that Deoria Made was initially built around, and continues to be a mascot for the brand, is the butcher block – this enduring thing that takes a beating, and travels with you through life. It is the centerpiece of the kitchen, the modern hearth of the home. I like that quality, and strive for the same sort of reliability and dependability in my own life. My woodworking is a practice, and an escape from the cacophony of modern life. It allows me to step away from technology, from social media, from the hustle and bustle of the world outside, and sort of focus my energy on a daily practice. I think that all of that is a reflection of part of Portland’s culture. Many people here are living idealistically, believing in quality over quantity, and choosing their own way over the way of others, essentially choosing their version of happiness. So, that sort of openness to counter-culture thinking is very much an undertone for Deoria Made.

Coincidentally, as I’m writing this, I’m taking my final steps to move the business to Tucson later this summer. The Portland culture and the values I described are ubiquitous here, but not so much in Tucson. I’m looking forward to a return to my native Southwest as I’ve always found great inspiration in the desert and the history of the land. I think it will be interesting to marry my roots with what I’ve come to love about Portland – taking the pieces of Portland that have influenced me and bringing them with me back to Tucson.

As a small business owner, what are some of the challenges that you face?

Branding and identity. I think the vastness of the internet and digital communication make it very difficult to be authentic, because there’s a sort of arms race to set yourself apart on it, which is foolhardy because the landscape of the internet is comparative. It’s about comparing yourself to others, and that’s not great for personal identity, nor for those trying to understand you. The whole rat race is a headache and I really prefer simply meeting people in person.

How does modern technology play a role in your business?

Using Squarespace for my website has made things so easy. It’s perfect for someone like me who likes to have my hands in everything, and to change things on a whim. I’ve been able to build the site; take my own photos; add and remove products, with most of those actions taking just moments. So, as a landing page for who I am and what I do, it has made a huge difference that it is so easy.

Do cutting boards need any special tools, finishes or attention as opposed to other home decor wood products, like tables or chairs?

I always tell people that cutting boards, especially the more heirloom quality goods like butcher blocks, are like a fine pair of leather boots, or a hand-me-down cast iron pan. They require maintenance to thrive. They’re something that you build a relationship with. If you take care of them, they take care of you right back. With cutting boards in particular, it means seasoning them with oil, and maintaining them with regular re-conditioning over time.

Tell me a bit more about why it’s important to condition wood?

Even after a tree has been cut down, in a sense the wood is still alive and breathing. You can think of the fibers that make up wood as a bundle of straws. These straws expand and contract, depending on how damp or dry the environmental conditions. Expansion and contraction lead to wood movement, which can result in warping or cracking. Seasoning and re-conditioning cutting boards with oil fills those straws with oil that is impervious to moisture, lessening the woods’ vulnerability to wet or dry changes. In short, it limits the movement of the wood. Regularly oiled wood also results in minimizing the appearance of knife scars and wear, or completely eliminating some of them, as in the case with end-grain butcher blocks.

Any plans to make other products? If so, what else do you have in the pipeline?

New for summer 2017 is the Atellia Collection, which is a real departure from the style of goods I’ve made in the past. You can see it all on

As I get settled into my new studio workshop in Tucson, I’m excited to begin exploring materials and processes native to the Southwest, just as I’ve done in Portland with the Northwest. I’m not sure yet what that will look like, but I’m stoked to begin the process.

Thanks, Kyle and good luck with the move to Tucson! For more of Kyle’s work, check out and to find a Renegade Craft Fair near you, visit