Articles tagged Japan

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'I aim to be free from any associations to create independent architecture,' says Tadao Ando

Osaka – Japanese self-taught architect, Tadao Ando reveals his approach to architecture wich stems from his engagement with nature.

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Community hubs are increasingly important for Japan as its population declines

Fuji, Japan – CMYK Interiors & Products worked with Fuji’s local government to turn its central train station into an accommodating gathering space.

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Don’t drive to your studio for over an hour unless it’s worth it, says a Japanese designer

Kyoto – Teruhiro Yanagihara’s former studio was buried in the north of Kyoto and served also as a residency for international creators.

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In Shibuya, a cow-spotted ice cream pop-up reveals the mutual fun in spatial advertisements

Tokyo – Ryusuke Nanki turned ad space physical with Milkland, a bold temporary pop-up shop in Shibuya for dairy-based sweets.

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A streetwear-brand’s office in Tokyo shows a little elegance can improve teamwork

Tokyo – Mastermind’s offices in Tokyo don’t look like what you’d expect from a streetwear apparel brand. And yet, to design studio I IN, it made HR sense.

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A Japanese artist wants to (literally) challenge our perspective by using 3D frames

Inspired by classic paintings, Japanese artist Yusuke Kamata creates installations composed only of 3D frames to show art from every angle.

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An ice storage in a small Japanese city becomes a gallery for local artists

Fujiyoshida, Japan – Taku Sakaushi and O.F.D.A. architects renovated a former ice storage space in Fujiyoshida and turned it into a gallery dedicated to local artists.

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This translucent two-generation home in rural Japan was inspired by greenhouses

Furano, Japan – Instead of tearing down a house that still holds Hokkaido’s agricultural heritage, Yoshichika Takagi turned it into a residential greenhouse for a large family.

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By building walls Japanese-style, designers can create instant openness in a house

Tokoname, Japan – By building walls with openings in this Japanese house, Suppose Design Office created a continuous space divided into smaller areas.

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Issey Miyake does the unthinkable: the pleating machine goes public in a new store

Tokyo – In the largest Homme Plissé location Issey Miyake has ever opened, 20 percent of the space is occupied by a machine often kept behind the scenes.

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From Tokyo to NYC, here are eight brand new must-see shops and cafés

Interested in updating your list of design inspiration destinations in your city guides? We’ve gathered a collection of not-to-miss spaces for you.

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In a greenless neighbourhood in Kyoto, this house is all about the inside courtyard

Kyoto – In highly urban Kyoto, architecture studio 07Beach designed a wooden house that gravitates around a tree that grows in its centre.