Category Archives: Art

Architecture for dogs

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 on November 15th, and dog owners can download them.

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“Shin typo” by Dainippon Typo Kumiai

Dainippon Typo Kumiai (Japan Experimental Typography Association)was invited to a workshop held at Tama Art University Interactive Design Course this summer, and they have created the new font by using their own bodies and some tools. It is possible to download the font here.

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Nakanoshima hotel by Tatzu Nishi

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: Photos via:

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The space of flowers and birds

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

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OSORO concept movie by WOW

WOW, a vidual design studio based in Tokyo, created a concept movie for OSORO, an environmentally friendly tableware system, manufactured by Narumi. OSORO tableware is made to be used for multiple purposes: preparation, presearving, cooking, searving, and they are dishwasher friendly and easy for storing. OSORO will be released in September 2012.

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Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama

Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and they had an opening event in Ginza, Tokyo yesterday. “It is not just a bag, but a philosophy. I would like to send a message of peace and appreciation of life”, Kusama says. Louis Vuitton has released eighty items including coats and wallets with the collaboration of Kusama. Read more:

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Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work has been exhibited at Tate Modern. The exhibition shows the nine dacades of Yayoi Kusama’s life, which spans from rural Japan to New York to Tokyo. Here is the video from the exhibition. The exhibition continues at Tate Modern museum in London until June 5th, 2012.

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Yukinori Tokoro

Yukinori Tokoro is a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2008, he has been working with a project titled “Shibuya 1 Second”, which “represents the unique axis of time with the different concept forms our usual moment”. Here are some of the photos from the project – including new ones recently added to the project. ——- Artist statement The time flows, Unexpectedly to no one. Buses ready to depart in the terminal, and a girl rushes in. A scene of light-woven show for some minutes, and people walk silently in the city noise. I seize what happens in one second in Shibuya, my home town, and I try to express … Continue reading

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Kenji Yanobe

Artist Kenji Yanobe’s exhibition titile “Atom suit project: the antennas of the earth” started at Yamamotogendai, art gallary in Shirogane, Tokyo. It is an art installation in which radioactive materials in the air are visualized. The dolls dressed in the “atom suit” catches radioactive materials, and there is a life-size doll of the artist himself standing in the center of the installalation. “Atom suit” is a special suit which protects our body from radio active materials. Another project, which shows Yanobe’s visit to Chernobyl in 1997 will also be exhibited.   Gallery Yamamoto Gendai 3-1-15-3F Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 03-6383-0626   via: excite/ism

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Gift for Frozen Village

Kyota Takahashi, whose work was exhibited at “CANON NEOREAL” last year in the Milan design week, will show his new art work titiled “Gift for Frozen Village” in Nigata, Japan. This is part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in 2011. 10,000 LED lights will be handed to the participants as “seeds” for the snow fields, and the artist and the participants will sow seeds together on the 26th and 27th of February. via: excite/ism

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