The concept store, which is dedicated to showcasing award-winning or innovative design products from Taiwan and Japan, has undergone a total transformation in recent months, is opened to public now. In late 2014, the Japanese buyer and design industry expert, Yu Yamada, who founded his famed retail consultancy, Method Inc., in Tokyo more than a decade ago, was invited by Taiwan Design Center CEO, Wenlong Chen, to work as a consultant on the DESIGN PIN redesign project. Fascinated by the history of the building in which DESIGN PIN is located–a huge, now-renovated factory that was built by the Japanese at the turn of the 20th century to process liquor and tobacco–, Mr. Yamada wanted to find a way to connect the historical use of the space to DESIGN PIN’s new concept and purpose. The rooms that DESIGN PIN occupies were once used to store tobacco, so Mr. Yamada chose industrial-style steel warehouse units for the shelving. The shop sells more than Golden Pin Design Award and Good Design Award-winning products Visitors to DESIGN PIN can now shop in confidence knowing that they are perusing only either Golden Pin Design Award- or Good Design Award-winning products, or innovative design products created locally by established and emerging Taiwanese designers. In stock right now are products from Just Mobile, LUCKYRICE, urban prefer, TALES, Xcellent Lighting, Afterain Design, Carpenter, hesxhers group, Sitpls, studio if, Kenyon Yeh, haoshi design, DHH studio, and KIMU Design, among other brands. The DESIGN PIN renovation was Mr Yamada’s first project in Taiwan, and he hopes the experience will lead to more overseas projects for his company, Method Inc. For Japanese designers, buyers, and manufacturers, Taiwan could be something like a training ground for working in the world, he says.