Kengo Kuma & Associates designed “Yunoeki Oyu” in Kazuno, Akita.
Oyu onsen is a famous hot spring in Kazuno, Akita. We designed a community center here incorporating a shop, café, open-air theater, park, footbath, and biotope under one large roof. In order to create a dynamic space which varies according to the diverse programs, we referred to mage wappa, a round lunch basket made of thin wood, a traditional craft in Akita’s. Cylinders of LVL (laminated veneer lumber) reference mage wappa and comprise the structure of the building. The assemblage of those rings then functions not only as a transparent structure but also as a partition or a shelf when needed.
Baku Sakashita’s SUKI lighting collection was exhibited at Designart Gallery at Francfranc Forestin Omotesando during Designart Tokyo. It is handmade using traditional skills, which make it look familiar but new at the same time. It is created by combining semi-translucent Japanese paper and thin stainless steel wire.
The Sebastian Conran Gifu Collection is the result of a unique and ongoing collaboration between Sebastian Conran’s London design studio and 14 traditional makers based in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Gifu, Japan. It was showcased at Maison & Objet in Paris last week.
Tokyo Signs is a project run by members of Bento Graphics Inc., a Tokyo-based design and web development studio. They have released products inspired by the streets of Tokyo, and they are available here.
“Our aim is to capture everything we encounter in the Japanese streetscape: roadmarks, signage, advertising, traffic signs, storefronts, sign boards, neon lights, street art and everything in-between”
Japanese eyewear brand JINS collaborated with British designer Jasper Morrison. The project is titled “JINS BASIC”, and there are four types available. The concept is to create “the ultimate normal forms”. This is the first time that Jasper Morrison designed glass frames.
Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, designed pieces of furniture, and they have been exhibited at A1043, art gallery in Paris. The fifteen pieces of furniture will be exhibited at the gallery until December 22, 2017.
Yu Matsuda designed “Pop Up Animal” for Japanese stationery brand +d. What is special about this product is the material. It is called “cALoth” combined with cloth and aluminum. It was invented by Matsuda. You can create your own “art work” by folding the material as you wish.
SANAA has built a passenger terminal shaped like bubbles for a port on the Japanese island of Naoshima, well-known for its contemporary art scene. It is composed of 13 large plastic balls which are illuminated at night.
SANAA has also built “Marine Station Naoshima” on the same island.
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