Tokyo articles

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‘London is a place to develop ideas, while New York is a place to realise them’

Tokyo – Artist Mariko Mori lives between London, New York and Tokyo. In this excerpt from Where They Create: Japan, she discusses the differences between them.

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‘Designers have not paid much attention to creating a vibrant store atmosphere’

Tokyo – In this essay, originally featured in our book about Schemata Architects, founder Jo Nagasaka discusses the role of retail design vs smartphones.

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A Japanese flower artist turns disposed plants into botanical sculptures

Tokyo – Featured in our book Where They Create: Japan, botanical artist Makoto Azuma speaks about his lab, where he experiments with floral arrangements. 

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What was this Tokyo apartment like before? Look to the ceiling for clues

Tokyo – The ceiling of the House of Wind and Light, a renovated apartment by Office Shogo Onodera, bears the tracks of its former layout.  

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Who says work and the patio can't mix?

Tokyo – Rather than creating a café-like environment for a working space, Shogo Onodera asked: What if necessary functions are aligned in the most efficient way?

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Capsule hotels are gaining ground in Asia and beyond

From a no-frills cell to colour-controlled surroundings, capsule hotels cater to guests in Japan and beyond.

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A puffer jacket exhibition in Tokyo gets down with waste

Tokyo – In Tokyo, Rikako Nagashima celebrates Descente Blanc’s puffer jackets using nothing but by-products from their production.

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This Japanese ‘shaire’ salon mixes co-working with hair styling

Tokyo – What can the hair salon industry learn from co-working spaces? Go Today, a new sharing concept in the competitive Tokyo market, has a good answer. 

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A mixed-use project in Japan brings water to the people

Tokyo – Rainwater harvesting systems are part of the façade of the Kugayama Southgate Building in Tokyo. The designers aim to rekindle the locals’ relationship with water.

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Linehouse brings Canadian calm to Shibuya

Tokyo – Taking inspiration from Vancouver´s diverse urban landscape, Linehouse designs a strong retail identity for a Herschel flagship.

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Wow Inc. uses technology to reconstruct intangible natural experiences

TOKYO – Wow Inc. experiments with true and perceived reality in Render, the Japanese experiential creative studio’s latest new-media installation.

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Suppose Design Office makes Hotel Koé a one-stop culture-shop

Tokyo – ‘A new Shibuya culture through unexpected experiences’, Hotel Koé offers guests a space for creative expression and new discoveries.