Over seventy artists are exhibiting their art work at a nine-story, soon-to-be demolished building in Tokyo. It is expected that many more older buildings in Tokyo will be demolished in the near future as they don’t have earthquake proof structures. The “BCTION” project offers unique opportunities for artists by making use of the dead space in the city.
British Council and E&Y will host an exhibition “Mark-ing”, which takes place in London between January 10th – 25th, 2013. Participants from Japan are: Makoto Orisaki, Koichi Okamoto, Jo Nagasaka, Ryuji Nakamura, Risa Fukui, Koichi Futatsumata, Yuri Suzuki, and Maiko Kurogouchi.
MUJI is currently exhibiting “Sweet Sweet House” at their flagship store in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Using “Hexenhouse (Cookie House)” kits, which are available at most MUJI stores in Japan, they created “Sweet Sweet Town”. A live broadcast of this event is available here, and see more images on their facebook page.
The Coca-Cola “bottleware” designed by Nendo was exhibited at Design Tide Tokyo, which took place between October 31st and November 4th in Tokyo, Japan. This “bottleware” collection is made from bottles that have deteriorated over the course of extensive recycling, and can no longer be used for their original purpose. At the installation of Design Tide Tokyo, the collection was shown with crushed recycled glass pieces, which were illuminated by a green light. The collection will be available to purchase at Japanese design shop on November 23rd. Photo © 2012 Takumi Ota Photography —————————————————————————————- Bottleware exhibition at DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2012 The installation design for Coca-Cola’s Bottleware presentation space at the main site of DESIGNTIDE … Continue reading
Japanese architect Kenya Hara, also known as the creative director of Muji, curated the project “Architecture for dogs”, and international architects and designers participated in it. The design templates will be available at architecturefordogs.com on November 15th, and dog owners can download them.
Japanese design studio nendo redesigned Baccarat’s signature Harcourt glassware. Harcourt glassware is one of Baccarat’s most well-known glassware lines, and nendo created Harcourt glasses with edges that give an impression of melting ice. It has been exhibited at “Baccarat, Legend of Creation”, an exhibition held at Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, together with other Baccarat glassware created by designers such as Phillipe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Jaime Hayon, etc. Press release by nendo French luxury brand Baccarat has been making crystal since the company’s establishment in 1764. For our redesign of the company’s signature Harcourt line, we wanted to highlight a new facet of the beauty of glass by creating … Continue reading
Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi turned a part of a public toilet into a hotel. It is a public toilet at Nakanoshima park in Osaka, Japan. Nishi turned it into a twenty-two square meter hotel room, which is equipped with a shower room. Specially trained college students welcome guests. it is thoroughly disinfected and designed to be comfortable even though you can still hear people using the toilet in the other side of the wall. This is part of “Osaka Canvas Project”, art exhibitions organized by the city of Osaka in order to promote the urban life. More information: nakanoshimahotel.com Photos via: fukuhen.lammfromm.jp
Tatsuya Matsui’s “Bird Robot” has been exhibited at Pola Museum Annex. Tatsuya Matsui is a robotic/product designer, whose work has been shown at museums and galleries around the world including MoMA and Venice biennale. He says that the idea of creating “Bird Robot” came from his thought after the great earthquake last year. “I felt the necessity of redefining our relationships with nature”, Matsui says. The exhibition continues until October 21st, 2012. Photo: excite/ism
Award winning architect Akihisa Hirata’s solo exhibition “Tangling” is now on at The Architecture Foundation in London (until November 17th). A social order which is premised on the independence of the individual and whose primary pursuit is the maximization of individual freedom must change in light of the simple reality that the individual is part of a ‘tangled order.’ And the same can probably also be said of rationality in architecture. – Akihisa Hirata
Japanese product designer Kouichi Okamoto is having his first solo exhibition at Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition includes his past work as well as his most recent work “Musical Table”, which is connected to 500 musical boxes, and it makes random sound by responding to the movements of visitors. The exhibition goes on until June 3rd. Handmade chair using aluminum lines. Automatically poured into the glass. The fluid shape looks like knocked over paint spill.