Saturday, September 20, 2008

Deco-den

Stands for 'decorated denwa (telephone)' in Japan - a new trend that is seen especially in Tokyo. (See a feature on deco-den in pingmag.) I have a cellphone, but I'm not sure I want mine to look like this - I might get hungry and eat it in a moment of confusion ...
You can buy kits to do it yourself ...

or take it in for customisation ...
Either way, I think I will stick with kimonos.

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

I can just see these in an exhibit of vernacular art of the turn of the century, curated by some gallery in 2100 ...

So fun.

Anairam said...

stephanie - That would be so funny - but yes, the cell phone as art - very possible! See http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2006/02/-emerging-japan.php and http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/01/AR2007020100720.html amongst others!

kendalee said...

I think it's incredible how some people have an need to embellish EVERYTHING - always wanting to turn the functional into something more decorative/decorated. I don't want my cellphone to look like this either but I quite like the creative urge that's taken it here...

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editor said...

reminds me of the intensely decorated fake nails popular too.
been spending time admiring the japanese line mina perhonen, and the result is that i'm having a burst of crafty-ness. made an impromptu necklace and now i'm working on ... making some sleeves - if they work out okay, i'll post about them eventually.
but no matter how much time i find on my hands, i will not do this to my cell phone.

Anairam said...

kendalee - Maybe that is one thing that distinguishes us as human? The need to decorate?
freshly found - Oh my goodness, I am SO CHUFFED! Mega- and giga-chuffed! Thank you VERY much - I've been admiring your cushion covers for a long time!
editor - Oh, I love those bursts of crafty-ness! Mine rarely result in a usable/good-looking object, but it is just the FUN I get in making/creating that makes it worthwhile. I cannot wait to see your necklace & sleeves!

editor said...

i have seen the evidence of your crafty-ness. you're down right productive! me on the other hand, it's just like you said, the pleasure is really in the process. and it feels so nice to be stimulated/motivated to create.
the necklace (very very very VERY simple) will be posted tomorrow.

Anairam said...

editor - Oh, I loved your necklace! I'm going to play with the idea this weekend. Summer is coming so I can think about accessories like necklaces again. (In winter it gets covered up by jerseys and coats and shawls and stuff - hardly worth the effort!)