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Naoto Fukasawa (b. 1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today. Fukasawa’s design philosophy relies on careful observation of what people do and feel in their everyday lives. This keen study allows Fukasawa to find simple solutions that touch the senses and link to shared memories. By working with the `iconic’ value of a product, be it a watch or a sofa, Fukasawa is able to come up with designs that address the common knowledge about things that people have. His groundbreaking wall-mounted CD player for MUJI in 1999 was based on the image of a kitchen fan and moved away from all the conventions of hi-fi equipment manufacture. It was a simple appliance, restrained in appearance and function, and very different from the numerous black boxes that had become the standard in the market. (tovább…)
Sou Fujimoto belongs to a new generation of young Japanese architects whose work has aroused enormous interest at the international level. After winning numerous prizes in both Japan and the rest of the world, Fujimoto has become a major presence on the Japanese architectural scene. Unlike his contemporaries, Sou Fujimoto has not been trained through working in the office of any of the architects of wide experience and international renown-instead, after graduating from Tokyo University in 1994 he preferred to think about and test his personal ideas on architecture in small projects that have enabled him to develop a tremendously personal and distinctive architectural approach. His projects are the result of a sophisticated conceptual elaboration that subverts established models, one mainly based on two major concerns: what it means to dwell in a space in the 21st century and how that space is materialised without following any formal a priori.
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Kimono New York is dedicated to promoting the use of kimono and obi fabrics for furniture finishings. Their mission is to help sustain and support the tradition of kimonos and the intricacy of hand-woven silk which is fundamental to Japan’s cultural heritage. The company is trying to encourage the Japanese to wear the kimono and also want to introduce Americans to the timeless beauty of kimono and obi fabrics through furniture.
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Young Japanese designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi is the designer of Mag Frame. Mag Frame is a magazine rack which really doesn’t remind us of anything we’ve seen so far! His design is very different from conventional magazine racks; as Mag Frame consists only of a single rod and a single plate. This elegant and delicate design is available in brushed stainless steel. Designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi exhibited this specific rack at Salone Satellite 2008, where Ligne Roset discovered the talent of young designer and decided to commercialize this specific product. The product has already been manufactured by Ligne Roset and is now available through their stores or at Ligne Roset retailers.
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Japanese architects Suppose Design Office have completed a residence in Nagoya, Japan, featuring a room dedicated to plants. The house, situated on a narrow plot surrounded by neighbouring houses, accommodates the client’s desire for a vibrant garden by including a landscaped “garden room” bordering the main living space. The architects aimed to treat the rooms and garden in the same way. Objects associated with interiors, such as paintings, appear in the garden areas while rock and flowerbeds overlap into the living spaces…
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Tokyo Fiber SENSEWARE was started as a project to show the merits of Japan’s fibers. SENSEWARE refers to materials or mediums that arouse a creative desire in people. This is part 1 of our coverage on the ‘09 SENSEWARE exhibition in Milano. In 2007 we saw televisions made of fabric small and squishy enough to coddle in your hand. This year the projects continue to amaze.
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Japanese designer Keiji Ashizawa has created the Eclipse Light. A circular sheet is slit and then bent by hand. This transformation gives it strength and volume. It can be hung from the ceiling,mounted on a wall,or placed on the floor. It reminds us of a lunar eclipse and casts a generous light.
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The director of the Japanese based design studio, Kyouei design, Ayako Nakanish and the ceo/designer of the studio Kouichi Okamoto sent us their latest projects. The composition chair, the glass tank and the water clock. Discover them through the following images and the discriptions of the designer.
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Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto presents two new projects in Milan this week, at the Complimentary Colors exhibition. Plain Lighting (top) is inspired by the optical illusion created when strong colours are applied to three-dimensional objects while Rock Vase (above) is inspired by traditional Japanese Kenzan pinholders. The exhibition, curated by Eizo Okada of dezain.net, is a reaction to Japanese designers’ overwhelming preference for white over other colours in their work.
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