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.
Here are some images from Canon’s annual art installation “NEOREAL” at Milano Salone del Mobile 2012. This year Canon has collaborated with architect Ryuji Nakamura. More information: http://www.canon.com/milano2012/
Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata has created installations titled “Photosynthesis” for Panasonic at Milano Salone del Mobile 2012. Here are the videos from the exhibition.
The design studio Nendo (Tokyo based) is proving that functional design works perfectly when displayed as artwork. By using light as a counterpart, the objects in the spaces of Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris creates an atmospheric, visual experience. Among the objects shown in the exhibition Static Bubbles are innerblow glass tables, farming-net objects, and acrylic bookshelves. What connects these objects of different materials is a “lightness of being”, with a resistance to gravity in their appearance. At the same time, their functional purpose becomes evident for the visitor. Nendo / Static Bubbles, until 3 March 2012, Carpenters Workshop Gallery Paris, 54 Rue de la Verrerie, www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com, www.nendo.jp
Japanese product designer/interior architect Tokujin Yoshioka received “now! design à vivre 2012 CREATOR OF THE YEAR” at Maison et Objet, which was held until January 24th, and he exhibited his work titled “Crystalized Project”. Here are some images from the exhibition. Via excite/ism.
An annual design event “DesignTide Tokyo” took place between 29th of October – 3rd of November. Here are the highlights of the event.
“Merci“, one of the best known lifestyle stores in Paris, started a Japanese design exhibition titled “Sugao” at its shop located on 111 boulevard beaumarchais in Paris. Merci is known for promoting products that are for everyday use, and these Japanese products exhibited at “Sugao” emphasize the store’s concept.