Sometimes, size really doesn’t matter. Designed by Osamu Nishida and Erika Nakagawa from ON Design & Partners, the Yokohama Apartment complex features four micro residential units measuring around 215 square feet each. Despite such reduced dimensions, clever design ensures the small spaces feel expansive and livable. Magic especially resides in a shared open-air courtyard conceived as a living-room and a kitchen that doubles as an art gallery for the four artists living upstairs.
This gorgeous new building undergoes a dramatic transformation each night when the sun goes down. At dusk, the new Louis Vuitton Matsuya boutique located in Ginza, a popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo, lights up like a giant lantern. Designed by the Japanese architect Jun Aoki, the store features the brand's iconic Damier Canvas pattern with a super-thin skin integrated with hundreds of LED lights.
Although Gucci seems like a serious luxury brand, it knows when and how to downplay its unapproachable reputation. In an effort to become closer with "terrestrial life," the label created a free art installation inside its Ginza boutique in Tokyo. The Herbarium Room is an eerie work of art curated by Chiharu Shiota comprising a simple room entangled in blood-red yarn.
Japan’s national participation at “Reporting From The Front” in Venice looks as an out of scale built tiny town showcasing some of the most intriguing architectural designs recently realized in the country. Semi-public shared space is the key feature of each project. Indeed, sharing is what the Japanese Pavilion at the Architectural Venice Biennale 2016 wants to speak about. Sharing of values, lifestyle and, of course, of architecture. Topic crucial enough to win a special mention in National Participations.
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Did you know that there are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide? Besides cultivated ones, there are about 200 wild species. So no worries if you have never heard about this purple skin and butter-colored flesh Japanese sweetpotatoes. Still trying to figure out what is the best way to cook it. Any suggestions?
Milan is the capital of design. The most innovative and in-vogue designers come here to launch their most recent works. Milan, however, is also the capital of architecture and classic taste. So what happens when the two meet one another?
Jo Nagasaka from Japan had an ingenious idea to create twin cups while repairing old, broken pottery using an ancient Japanese art. His Twintsugi project, showcased at the “Alamaki! Design in Asia” exhibition at the 2016 Milan Furniture Fair, takes its roots from the Japanese culture as a contemporary interpretation of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics. The pieces are whimsical, beautiful and inspiring.
A new tree-shaped structure creating a three-dimensional garden on its façade appeared in the midst of Omotesando area in Tokyo. This new building designed by the Tokyo based firm Sou Fujimoto Architects for Tokyo Ooya Net is a 4 storey multipurpose space including a retail store, office area and a residence. Built on a small site measuring only 162 square meters, “Omotesando Branches” is a tiny yet significant example of contemporary Japanese architecture.
If you think that famous Frank O. Gehry’s complex architecture is a result of a mere computer 3D modeling, you are completely wrong! his design process is actually far more involved. Gehry has an idea, and he knows how to develop it - by hand.
Recently displayed at 21_21 Design Site in Tokyo, a surprising exhibition dedicated to the work of the great Canadian-born architect reveals the steps that go into each new project. “I have an idea” is an inspiring story that uncovers the secrets of Gehry’s creativity and illustrates how his intricate imagination manifests step-by-step into real physical forms.
After a decade of research aimed at reintroducing wood into Japanese urban architecture, the first multi-story building designed entirely with timber materials has finally met Tokyo's strict fire regulations. The 3-level Miyamura Veterinary Clinic, created under the lead of Toshihiko Suzuki from the Tokyo based offices Atelier OPA with Takao Nishizawa from Buildinglandscape, is a combination of a traditional post-and-beam wooden structure and LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber), a cutting-edge material which can resist fire for an entire hour. This exceeds Tokyo's regulations, which require a minimum resistance of 45 minutes.
It is all about the method. These unique tables were produced by placing plate glass into a frame with one section missing, and turning the sheet into molten glass by progressively heating it. The molten glass run from the missing section self-designing its unique shape. That simple and that cool! This design is now on show at Gyre Gallery in Omotesando.
A lush stand of bamboo thrives on this beautiful Buddhist temple in Tokyo. An unusual green retreat recently completed by the Yutaka Kawahara architectural office, the Ekouin Nenbutsudo Temple expansion comprises a 3 storey annex measuring less than 500 square meters of total floor area overlaid by bamboo trees growing on its first level.
The Japanese Pavilion is one of the most evocative spaces at the Venice Art Biennale 2015. Once you step inside, you dive into a suggestive world tangled by hundreds of meters of red yarn and keys suspended from the ceiling draped over two large wooden boats placed right in the middle of the room.
The large scale Japanese installation entitled “The Key in the Hand” is a site-specific work of art conceived expressly for the 56th Venice Biennale by the Osaka-born and Berlin-based contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota in collaboration with the pavilion curator Hitoshi Nakano.
134. Dive into the Nendo’s world of lightness, transparency and reflections: Oki Sato’s works at Fuorisalone 2015
Minimal, abstract and ethereal exhibition at Permanente di Milano showcases the latest Nendo’s works. On the occasion of Fuorisalone 2015 the two floors of the museum are fully packed with evocative industrial designs and experimental prototypes produces by Oki Sato’s office during the last two years for such noted companies as Cappellini, Driade, Gebruder Thonet Vienna, Italian Glass, Lemnos, Moroso, and others. If you are in Milan, this space is definitely worth to visit and to dive into the suggestive and conceptual world of made-in-Japan design. If not, check out our selection of the best Nendo’s works.
Among numerous Fuorisalone installations located within ancient walls of University of Milan (in via Festa del Perdono, 7) there is one that grabs visitor’s attention in a particular way. It is “Irori kitchenhouse” designed by the renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
Modern interior mainly consists of two elements. One is architectural elements that divide spaces like partition walls. Another is furniture elements that decide purpose of the room such as facilities and furniture. So far, partition walls and facilities are fixed so that user can’t rearrange a room easily. In short, the interior has low variability. Therefore Atelier OPA designed Kenchikukagu, new product that combines partitions, facilities and furniture. It brings us variability in our living space.
Waseda University (Tokyo) opened the new Building 3 on September 18. Located between the Main Gate and the Okuma statue, it has 14 floors above ground, and recreates the former building on the lower floors.
Современная Япония, одеваясь в классические кимоно либо в безумные кукольные наряды, умело балансирует между старым и новым. Сочетание многовековых традиций и новейших тенденций — это лишь строго отмеренная консервативным обществом последовательность запретов и дозволений. Здесь всему свое время, и у каждого момента — свои песни, у каждого возраста — свои наряды.
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Amazing colors, incredible patterns and unbelievable dimensions of seafood goods coming from the fathomless pacific ocean are hidden in the heart of Tokyo. No doubt Tsukiji, the biggest wholesale fish market in the whole world, can surprise with its countless wonders.
Until recent times the entrance was open for anybody. Nowadays more and more restrictions are applied and an unauthorized access is often prohibited. The gossips murmur that soon it will be moved outside of the city.
Porous yet heavy, made-of-frames yet monumental, Fuji Television Headquarters in Odaiba was designed by the Japanese architect and the Pritzker Prize laureate of 1987 Kenzo Tange in 1996. No doubt, the 25-floors-heigh waterfront Fuji TV building with its spherical observation deck (that measures 32 meters in diameter) is one of the architectural landmarks of Tokyo. It’s unique design, it’s pure shapes and it’s glossy façades capture the attention. By @NovozhilovaM
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