Posts tagged as 'Japan'

Thu 28.6.

‘Inhale’ pendant lamp by Nendo for Lasvit (CZ)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 28.06.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

The making of ‘Inhale’ pendant lamp by Nendo for Lasvit

The ultra-prolific Japanese design practise Nendo has collaborated with a Czech manufacturer of bespoke light fittings and glass installations Lasvit on this delicate, organically-shaped pendant light called ‘Inhale’. Owing its name to the innovatory production process, in which the form is obtained by a negative air pressure, the design was exhibited as part of Nendo’s delicate, all-white ‘Still & Sparkling’ installation during this year’s edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile. (more…)

Wed 27.6.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma and Associates (JP)

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Green Cast by Kengo Kuma and Associates; photo by Daici Ano

Featuring a striking, rhythmic die-cast aluminium façade incorporating irregularly planted tufts of greenery, this five-storey building was completed last summer (2011) by the Tokyo-based practice Kengo Kuma and Associates. Aptly named ‘Green Cast’, the 1047-square-meters mixed-use building comprises a basement and ground-floor parking space, a clinic and a pharmacy, an office area, a vocational school as well as a two-bedroom rooftop residence. (more…)

Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Tokiwadai branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

The French-born, Japan-based architect Emmanuelle Moureaux has realised this joyful three-storey Tokiwadai branch of a Japanese Sugamo Shinkin Bank. Featuring a distinctive white façade punctured by numerous, variously-sized windows and incorporating a reoccurring theme of leaf motifs, the building aims to provide the visiting clients with ‘a natural, rejuvenating feeling.’ (more…)

Fri 4.5.

House in Kaijin by fuse-atelier (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 04.05.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

House in Kaijin by fuse-atelier; photo courtesy of the architects

Located in a densely built-up centre of Funabashi, northwestern Chiba Prefecture, this sombre, minimalist residence was developed by a a Japanese architectural practice fuse-atelier in 2010. Supported by a reinforced concrete structure, the three storey 91-square-meters house comprises a large and airy open-plan living room and kitchen area, a light-flooded bathroom, as well as an office space and an adjacent outdoor terrace. (more…)

'IN-EI' lighting collection by Issey Miyake for Artemide

The acclaimed Japanese fashion designer and recent Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2012 awards winner Issey Miyake has applied his trademark, ingenious 132 5 pleating technique to this new series of delicate textile lamps manufactured by the Italian brand Artemide. Called ‘IN-EI’ – Japanese for ‘shadow, shadiness, nuance’ – the collection comprises floor, table and pendant lamp designs, all of which were created using 2 or 3D mathematic principals (just like the 2010 132 5 clothing collection). Made of reclaimed PET bottle fibre, the lamps can be folded flat and become 3D shapes, starting from a single piece of cloth.

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Mon 30.4.

‘Bon Bon’ cabinet by Hiroshi Kawano for ex.t (IT)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 30.04.2012 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'Bon Bon' cabinet by Hiroshi Kawano for ex.t

Having previously designed the popular ‘Birdie’ shelf, the Japanese designer Hiroshi Kawano has now realised this bold, circular wall cabinet called ‘Bon Bon’. Manufactured by the young Italian brand ex.t, the design is made of varnished steel and lacquered wood and is available in variety of bright colours. (more…)

Milan 2012: 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo: photo © Architonic

Yesterday evening, on the eve of the official opening of this year’s edition of Salone del Mobile, we took a stroll around Via Tortona, where the coinciding Tortona Design Week takes place. Located in Milan’s creative district, the event brings together some of the biggest names in industrial design as well as young, emerging designers who present individual, site-specific exhibitions and installations in a limited and coordinated area of Tortona. And that’s where, at number 32, we have wandered into a spacious, darkly lit room where Oki Sato of much-acclaimed practice Nendo is showcasing ‘black & black’ – the first collection launched by K%. (more…)

Casket with lib by Manfred Schmid

An important component of the Japanese art of lacquerwork is the special technique known as ‘urushi’, which uses many layers of wafer-thin, semi-transparent lacquer to create a surface of almost mystical radiance and sensual depth. Today the urushi guild is facing new challenges and is opening its doors to new members in order to safeguard the survival of its craft. The result is the establishment of a dialogue with modern designers from all around the world, whose fascination with Japanese lacquer craftsmanship has prompted them to create their own works using lacquer.

 

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