Title: All Things WTAPS./184th entry「Concrete environment」

2014 Spring/Summer has already launched, and the lineup is based on the theme of CONCRETE ENVIRONMENT.

With the words concrete environment for the image, I guess scenery of hard objects such as urban cities or the cityscape where buildings stand lined up come to mind.


Ways to play, relationships with your crew, experiences, knowledge, and the aspects of society are without doubt things that only happened and were created from being in such an urban environment.


I think the season's theme can be felt through this textile which reflects the designer's values and thoughts, the designer's background, expressed through graphics.


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Shiori Etsugu / PR


All things WTAPS.Shiori Etsugu / PR

Title: All Things WTAPS./182nd entry「Working warmth」

If you bundle up by the seasons,
in autumn around the beginning of October you are good with cold weather protection of just a knit and muffler with no outer.
Mid-November is also autumn with mornings and evenings getting cold but not during the day so I ponder about maybe it might be time to throw on a melton coat.
I feel like I am a homeothermic animal that focuses on adjusting what to wear depending on the day to day temperatures and now during the start of winter is when I feel this the most.


Just because the temperatures drop suddenly, wearing a down jacket mid October is not cool.
Just because the temperatures increased suddenly, it is not cool walking around in just a cutsew around the end of October.
If you follow the temperatures that you feel with your body and make that the priority, I feel such a rule would make sense.
Well, actually regardless of talking all that seasonal weather talk, I have to confess I am bound by the calendar.


But, seeing things with different uses appear one by one maybe somewhat cathartic; that is another complicated story, but I think of things like that in winter.


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Shiori Etsugu / PR


All things WTAPS.Shiori Etsugu / PR

Title: All things WTAPS./181st entry「Chairs」

There are various types of chairs at the studio.
The Herman Miller Aeron Chair is one of the types
used at each one's desk.
It is a multi-functional desk chair that is black with a dignified presence.

The other day a different type of the Aeron Chair arrived.
It is a shape which fits slightly taller desks better than the usual.
Just a chair, but I feel it is one of the very important tools for work. 
Especially for desk work people since it is where you spend most of your day.
 
This new one fits good and it is suited for long desk work.
Things proceed smoothly due to the lessening of strain on the body.
Surrounded in wonderful things, and by using them to their fullest potential,
everyday I think of how to strive to become a better maker of things.
 
Going back to what I started talking about, this chair is said to be 94% recyclable.
Hats off to the environmental measures which seem unusual from its looks, comfort you
feel once you start using it, and the fabulousness of the design.


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Yasunari Iwasaki / Pattern Maker


All things WTAPS.Yasunari Iwasaki / Pattern Maker

Title: All things WTAPS./180th entry「Happy Thanksgiving」

Since starting this kind of work, I have tried not to have
what they say in society "a line between work and private,"
I think about work even when I get home,
and even while I am at work I think about home.
Saying such a thing may sound a little sloppy, mixing work and private.
But, since this work is my living, what experienced up to now
becomes the basis of this activity of producing that has its
roots in the daily life, so I feel it is definitely normal.

Instead of drawing "lines" you need to pay fine caution to
"switching" and "adjusting". It is so fine it is almost easier to draw
a line, but this is something you cannot be caught slipping or
finding an easy way out.
The purpose is to do things, think about things, and take those
actions at the best timing, so the quality elevates of the daily life in
both work and private.
If you get caught slipping, that would be putting the cart before the horse.

It is assumed that the staff which is together for a long time, shares this same feeling,
but it is also the same for our families that support us.
I think each of us have a different daily life environment, and the problems we
all have are various. For staff from a completely different background to work
at a same place as others which are striving for the same goal, the families'
understanding is a must.

The other day we had a Thanksgiving dinner at the studio.
Like this dinner, we try to create reasons so that
every once in a while all of us can gather face to face.
At each of these gatherings, I truly feel how our work is made possible
from the support of our families we spend time together with.


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Naoyuki Inoue / Production


All things WTAPS.Naoyuki Inoue / Production

Title: All things WTAPS./179th entry「Thermals」

Every year, thermals are a must for winter.
It means "related to heat, temperature, warmth, etc."
Like its meaning, it was originally underwear for the outdoors
as an item to increase heat retention.
So the question is why are thermals warm and how do they retain heat.
First, if you look at the material, you see bumps compared to
the material used for T shirts, sweats, parkas, etc. Also each one has its purpose.
Starting, the raised portion's purpose is to increase heat retention by having
the material stay in touch with the skin. Just like how slim fitting clothing feels
warmer than loose, baggy clothing.
Next, the indented portion's purpose is the opposite and does not touch the skin.
But instead it creates air. The air temperature increases from body heat not
escaping due to the raised portions touching the skin so that is how it increases
heat retention.
For example sweaters have bumps to create air from the yarn
but the weave is loose and air escapes easily so once you step out of the room
you suddenly feel cold. That is why if you wear a nylon jacket, etc. that is dense,
the heat retention increases dramatically.
To conclude, by making air where it does not touch the skin, and by touching
the skin and not allowing the air to escape, is how it increases heat retention.
This season, for such thermals, WTAPS uses Breath Thermo® from the
Japanese sports equipment manufacturer Mizuno, and this has fibers
which create heat from the moisture released from the body
and increase heat retention to prepare for the middle of winter.

FYI, according to our Director,
when you talk about thermals, he says it is Elliott from E.T.; the toys he had were
Hammerhead, Greedo, Lando, Snaggletooth, and what else was there?

That is about it.


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Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production


All things WTAPS.Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production
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