Archive for the ‘japan’ Category

Yumiko Ishihara

Friday, October 28th, 2011

OK, I am back, so let’s get back to it.  Beautiful installation at the Koganecho Bazarr by Japanese architect Yumiko Ishihara.  Ishihara made this display using 3,000 chopsticks and bamboo sticks as part of the Yokohama Triennale.  Not only is the pure simplicity of the piece striking, it also allows for visitors to look through to different areas keeping the sight lines open.  Everything about this just seems so elegantly delicate – I am not even sure what was displayed, but I imagine they are gentle tiny little works.


Terunobu Fujimori: Treehouse

Monday, August 9th, 2010

My future friend Terunobu Fujimori has created an amazing treehouse inside the Victoria & Albert museum in London.  As part of the ongoing exhibition 1:1 Build Small Spaces, Fujimori was one of seven architects asked to create full scale small structures within the museum.  Fujimori’s work often relates to the natural world with a focus on architecture before civilization. For his treehouse, Fujimori charred all of the wood, which helps make the structure waterproof and resistant to bugs.  You can see a wonderful video about the project here.  The exhibition will be open free to the public until August 30th.

Schemata: Flat Table

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


Japanese architecture firm Schemata has produced a series of work called Flat Tables.  Using epoxy, the designers have transformed damaged and unconventional surfaces such as school desks (left) and styrofoam (right) into new, smooth surfaces. A lovely way to give discarded items new life.


Hermes & Tokujin Yoshioka

Sunday, December 6th, 2009


Amazing window installation designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for Maison Hermes in Japan – sometimes simplicity is best.

(via Jo Meesters)

Torafu Architects

Thursday, August 7th, 2008





I just discovered the work of Tokyo-based Torafu architects. The group has created some really innovative, wonderful interiors including this unique alteration of the Boolean Cafe at the University of Tokyo and these clever mdf wall cut-outs for the Claska Hotel. (via omami via yatzer)

Two for One: Keiko Okamoto

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Ugh…these photos look like they were taken from a 1980’s German fine dining magazine. Sadly, they are the only pictures I could find of Japanese designer Keiko Okamoto’s very cool glassware. Conceived as two cups in one, the inner piece can be used along with the stem or taken out as hand held tumbler – creating a cup for you and a cup for a friend.

Sparks: Reiko Sudo

Friday, May 4th, 2007

To call Reiko Sudo a mastermind of textiles would probably be an understatement. The Japanese designer is world-renowned for her her innovative, visionary fabrics – although I hadn’t even heard of her until a few years ago. Now, whenever I’m feeling low on creativity I can look to her work and feel inspired.

Sudo is fearless when it comes to experimentation – she folds her fabric, dissolves it, and in the image above, burns it. She created the cloth by weaving very thin strands of stainless steel together and then holding it over an open flame.

My favorites though, are the textiles from her ‘Scrapyard’ series. In this project she left nails, barbed wire and iron plates (shown above) out in the elements to rust. Some people fight rust, others embrace it. MoMa has a nice video Reiko Sudo creating the pieces in her ‘Scrapyard’ series here.

Some Assembly Required: Takehiro Ando

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

I know felt has been one of the materials du jour lately, but I just don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. It’s way too versatile and, in many ways sustainable, for it to be purely dismissed as a trend. That being said, I love the new ‘Cuma’ and ‘Cross’ products being shown by Takehiro Ando at the Salone Satellite in Milan.

The felt shapes come in packs of 20, 50 and 100, allowing the user to create their own fun forms. Whether that be a curtain of crosses, a lampshade of clustered cumas or a circular throw is up to you. Whether you want to pay roughly $1 a piece for a felt cut-out is also up to you – but hey, why a put a price tag on fun? (via pan-dan)

Terunobu Fujimori: Future Friend

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

I’d like to think that if I had the chance to meet Terunobu Fujimori, we would become friends. In Japan Fujimori is a well-known figure, however he doesn’t really seem to have received the international attention he deserves. In stark contrast to the high-tech image of modern day Japan, Fujimori chooses to work with natural materials – stone, wood, tree bark and most notably, plants.

His structures have included everything from pine trees (above) to roofs and walls covered in chives, dandelions and grass. His work is more the result of his aesthetic intentions than green planning. His style reminds me of houses from a lost world – in a sort of surreal, storybook fantasy, dream-treehouse kind of way.

Fujimori is also one of the founding members of the Roadway Observation Society (ROJO), a group of friends who seek out and document the often overlooked little details of our urban landscape. I love these ROJO photos, it’s inspiring me to start my own band of merry wanderers right here in Denver. Maybe I’ll even send Fujimori a letter.

Time Paper

Monday, March 19th, 2007

I don’t really like clocks and I certainly wouldn’t condone using up valuable wall space to display some clunky time piece. But I suppose if you really need time staring you in the face, then ‘Time Paper’ by D-Bros would be an acceptable option. The beauty of this product lies in it’s simplicity. A clock that you can fold up, doodle on, pin to your bulletin board…in other words a clock that doesn’t take itself too seriously. That, I can support.

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