Sniffing out previously unrecognised Japanese design classics is what all-round creative Kenmei Nagaoka does best. And he puts many of his retro finds back into production and back on sale at his D&Department chain, making his stores the perfect place to pick up just-so items for your Japanese pad.

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Hokkaido-born Nagaoka plans to open a D&Department in all 47 Japanese prefectures. He has already established five stores – three more are on the drawing board – and pairs up with in-the-know local designers for each new opening. Our new favourite is D&Department Project Shizuoka by Taita, where you can sit back on a Karimoku60 sofa and admire nearby Mt. Fuji.