Hello Kitty Expands with 3D Series from Kids First & Amazon Kids+

Kids First today announced its first-ever collaboration with Amazon Kids+ on an original children’s program based on Hello Kitty. The two companies are creating a new episodic series, Hello Kitty: Super Style! , which will bring lifestyle brand Sanrio’s global pop culture icon to life in premium 3D animation.

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    Junichi Arai (1932 – 2017) was a Japanese textile designer and producer born in Kiryu, Gunma. As the sixth generation of a mill-owning family, Arai grew up with fabrics being woven for obis and kimonos. He held traditional weaving methods in high regard and the skills that only the human hand can have in the art of fabric making. Read More →

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    Black Wire Chair by Oki Santo

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  • Etsuko Nishi (b.1955) Japanese Glass Designer

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  • Osamu Tezuka (1928 – 1989) Japanese manga artist and cartoonist

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    Hasuike founded his firm in Milan after studying architecture and industrial design in Tokyo and working for Seiko for a year. He has designed for various well-known brands, including Gaggia coffee machines, Panasonic electronic items, Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware and tableware, Grand Gourmet kitchen knives (1994), and WMF cookware. Read More →

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  • Sori Yanagi – Japanese Industrial Designer

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  • Fujiwo Ishimoto Japanese born textile & ceramic designer

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