All posts tagged “Japan

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Aging gracefully

  A debate distraction: My soft spot for elderly care finds me scouting vanguard approaches. Like this compassionate compound designed by Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma in Japan’s Shizouka Prefecture. Two women in their 60s—one a social worker, the other a chef—live and work in this… Read More

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Sharing means

Caring about capsule concepts like this: Airbnb recently revealed a new evolution of its sharing economy. Slated to open this fall, the Yoshino Cedar House is a semi-communal space that nurtures relationships within its walls as well as within the rural Japanese community in which… Read More

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Frame of mind

And body. The world’s most playful/stylish climbing wall is the work of nendo, a limitlessly talented Japanese design studio. Striving to find the “!” moments in our everyday, nendo is responsible for a spate of truly innovative structures and installations around the world (documented on Yellowtrace).… Read More

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Time capsule

              A building designed for disposal now faces its overdue demise, to the outrage of some occupants. In 1972, architect Kisho Kurokawa imagined a Tokyo apartment block as a kit of parts of sorts: each of the 140 units… Read More

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Infinite possibility

    For my newborn niece Cora: An art installation symbolizing the boundless possibility before you. On a park slope in Japan, Ryo Yamada has created Air Garden for the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, currently underway. Yamada envisioned the piece as a passage, not in… Read More

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Galactic art

            A 50-year-old bonsai soared through outer space last month, and may still be in orbit. Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma sent the conifer (from his personal collection) and an orb of orchids into the stratosphere, riding on the coattails of… Read More

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Quirky equus

              An Olaf encore. In researching Clouds, I learned of Breuning’s simultaneous installation for Hermès in the Shibuya Seibu district of Tokyo. Channeling a parallel strain of whimsy, he took Hermès’ equestrian aesthetic to a playful place, fashioning makeshift… Read More

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Serene stripes

                Trees remain on my mind, although technically, this forest outside Kyoto, Japan is not striped by trees, but rather grasses, bamboo. Pathways cut through the swaying stalks, inviting people to stroll or cycle, and discover the small… Read More

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Hybrid bird

            Daylife. Nightlife. Lifestyle. This is the triad encapsulated by Fuglen, a Tokyo outpost which takes the coffee it presses as seriously as the cocktails it shakes and the mid-century finds it sells. The immaculate mix that is Fuglen –… Read More