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lifestyle trends Lifestyle trends of the future with Lisa White of WGSN.

Last week, I was invited to an Interiors trend forecast talk by Sainsbury’s Home on ” Lifestyles of the Future” given by Lisa White, the head of Lifestyle and Interiors at WGSN.

I thought I’d do a little Summary here of her thoughts on future lifestyle trends.

Being connected

Research on Millennials have apparently found that there is a tendency to anxiety and depression. With the latter in mind, future trends will be looking at ways to help people stay more connected.

Co-space living or working are a few such solutions.

The use of assistive technologies have also become a popular way of keeping people connected in their homes.

I liked hearing about the innovative idea of a thermal bubble that could follow and regulate the temperature around an individual to within their comfort zone, whilst sharing a space with others.

Being Flexible

As space becomes scarce with urbanisation, the newer generations will become more flexible and embrace micro living solutions.

Lisa mentioned that there is already a movement towards smaller space living in the U.S, and even now in the UK, old office spaces are becoming reimagined as living areas.

The ‘try before you buy’ lifestyle trends are also another emerging area.

Being True

Consumers are now becoming more discerning and environmentally aware. There is a trend towards sustainability. Some examples being,no packaging shopping, to using apps to scan food for their green credentials.

Being Well

The concept of The Safe Home, introducing the home comforts and feelings of safety of home into public spaces.

There was also the idea of the Natural Home, harnessing the power of good microbes within the fabric of the home.

Finally, other interesting areas include the spiritual home by using crystals, and the Emotional home using dappled light to elicit a sense of well being.

It was so interesting to hear about the lifestyle trends of the future. I would definitely be looking out for this in future interiors products and concepts.

My favourite places to visit and instagram in Tokyo, Japan.

I’ve been meaning to write about my Tokyo trip, but somehow hadn’t got round to it. So finally, here it is.

Five years ago, before I started blogging, I had read a lot about édition Paumes, a Japanese publication that showcased colourful homes all over the world.  I knew I had to search out their Tokyo shop called Galerie Doux Dimanche .

I was so pleased to find it, and bought two books, full of colourful interiors inspiration.

This is Takadanobaba, in the Shinjuku neighbourhood. I shot the colourful image from the train station on our way to Toshima. Tokyo instagram places Talking about Toshima, this is the place to visit if you or your kids love Pokémon.

There is a Pokémon Mega centre at the Sunshine City shopping centre, where you will find all sorts of Pokémon merchandise. In fact, Pokémon is so much part of Japanese culture, that you wouldn’t need to travel far to see them. There were Gatcha toy vending machines all over Tokyo, to satisfy your Manga, Kawaii or Pokémon craze. Here’s a giant sign board at Toshima for the Sega centre and Cat café.

Cat cafés were common in Tokyo and may be worth a visit if you like cats. If you are a foodie or are looking for Japanese technology goods, then you’ll have to visit Nakano broadway.
This was the best fresh mango pudding that I had ever tasted, and it was from Ginza Cozy Corner at Nakano. Another not to miss treat, is this 8 layer ice cream from Daily Chico, in the basement area of Nakano Broadway.

Here are the flavours of the 8 layers – Strawberry, coffee, milk, chocolate, banana, vanilla, bubble gum and matcha.
Tokyo is a city that doesn’t sleep, and especially so in the bustling streets of Shibuya, the place to visit for good food and nightlife.

We ate at Genki Sushi, where you can order your dishes via a computer screen at your table, and within minutes, your sushi would be delivered to you via a conveyor belt. If you fancy something quirky and eccentric, then you’ll have to try the Kawaii Monster café in the Harajuku district.  This is the beautiful Ueno Park temple in Tokyo.  The monochrome lanterns found outside the temple, were scribed with the names of people who have donated towards the temple’s build and upkeep.

Behind the temple was this fun Swan boating lake.

Instagram Tokyo

My kids really enjoyed their time on this pink swan boat.

Before you leave Tokyo, you’ll have to try this delicious Totoro cream puff from Shirohige’s cream puff factory. They come with vanilla, rose, matcha or peach flavoured creams.

After Tokyo, we set off for Fuji. This is a snap Mount Fuji across from Lake Kawaguchiko.

If you fancy reading more about Japan, then do check out my post on Kyoto.

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my favourite experiences and Instagram spots in Tokyo. Wishing you a wonderful week.

( All photography are copyright of Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell)

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection hotel.

I realise I’ve already been back for 2 months from my Summer trip to Tokyo, and I still haven’t written about it.

This is a Tokyo post, but more to thank The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection hotel, for hosting our very short overnight stay after Kyoto, en route to Hong Kong.

The Prince Gallery Tokyo is located in the Nagatcho business district, sandwiched between the Imperial Palace and Crown Prince’s residence. It is on the top 7 floors of a 26 storey tower (photo above).  As we got off the lift, we were greeted with double height ceilings and far reaching views over the city.

This is the impressive reception area, surrounded by floating sculptural pieces of art and a contemporary fireplace.

Aren’t those curved seats beautiful? What do you think of this little bar area encased in marble? The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho Feast your eyes on the view from the reception area.
Our bedrooms were pure luxury. You can see the amazing picture frame window at the far end.

As we gazed out of our window, this was what we saw. Here is the elegant desk area with a super large television. Here’s a little tour of the bathroom. Our hotel room had the most amazing facilities. Here is the walk in rain shower and bath. All the bathroom fittings were beautifully curated.

Outside the hotel was this Classic House at Akasaka Prince, built in the 1930s and now home to one of Prince Hotel’s restaurant, bar and café. We ate at Akasaka Prince. It was Western food, which was a relief as we had been eating Japanese for most meals, so welcomed the change.

The food was delicious. There were more restaurants at the hotel, but since it was only a stopover for us, we didn’t get to sample the other venues. We did however enjoyed the wonderful hospitality at the Club Lounge on the 34th floor. I really wished I could have stayed longer.

The next time I visit Tokyo again, I will definitely return to the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho.

(All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. )

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