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CoFuFun | Nendo

The master plan for the station plaza at Tenri Station in Nara prefecture, located near Kyoto in the western region of Japan.<p>The plan for the 6000 …

Japan

Unboxing Every Air Jordan Sneaker

Studio Nendo’s first public space is made up of giant concrete discs

CoFuFun is located in Tenri in Nara, Japan<p>A sculptural new public space made up of flying saucer-like structures has opened in Tenri, a small town in Nara, Japan. Designed by prolific Tokyo-based Studio Nendo, CoFuFun, as it’s called, is a 6,000-square-meter (approximately 65,000 square feet) plaza …

Mysterious Dark Illustrations by Dawid Planeta

Dawid Planeta’s mysterious illustrations take you on a trip into a dark world of deep forests and mythical creatures.Dawid Planeta is a freelance …

Vincent Van Gogh

Japan's compact, eccentric homes: A cultural history

A new exhibit looks at the unique conditions that created such innovative, unorthodox residential architecture<p>Sometimes creativity needs a blank slate. Such was the case with Japanese residential architecture in the wake of World War II. With many cities destroyed, the country and its architects …

Japanese women are entering the male-dominated world of hunting — at the government's request

In Japan, it was once considered taboo for a woman to speak with a man before he went on a hunt. But a rising number of female hunters are taking up arms, at their government's behest.<p>Over the last decade, Japanese farmers have lost up to $170 million annually because of a booming deer and boar …

Hunting

45 Years Ago, NASA Launched An Infographic For Aliens Into Space

How do you explain life on Earth without using human language? With graphic design, of course.<p>In 1972, a journalist named Eric Burgess was touring an aerospace company with a group of fellow science correspondents when he had an unprecedented thought. The group had just gotten a glimpse of the</i> …

Google Street View

Paris apartments, modern and airy, used to be a 19th-century photo studio

The two rooftop abodes get exceptional natural light<p>Ah. Here’s yet another home we’d move to Paris for. This cleverly renovated pair of apartments may appear to be thoroughly modern—The glass! The lines! The unexpected mirrored volume on the lower floor!—but the space was built in the 19th century …

Illustrator Jose Mertz Revives Monsters from Japanese Mythology

Japanese mythological creatures get a second life in Jose Mertz’s artworks.<p>Inspired by Japanese supernatural beings from the Edo period and the clean aesthetic of Zen, artist Jose Mertz creates a nice balance between illustrative imagery and space. He recreates mythological and spiritual figures …

Art

Japan's 700-year-old 'oke' craft gets a modern makeover - CNN Style

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Japan

This flatpack furniture is made of raw bamboo

And assembly is a breeze<p>We’ve seen furniture in all sorts of novel shapes, colors, and materials. And bamboo—the fast-growing, fibrous plant—has been used for timber and woven finishes and furnishings through history.<p>But never before had we seen furniture made from bamboo’s tall, hardy stalks—until …

A Minimalist Dinner Table That Doubles As Sound Dampening

A modular design and a hidden talent for hushing<p>Mealtimes can be messy affairs, and not just with food. Wakufuru is a new furniture collection …

Furniture

The Crazy Cool Buildings Tucked Away in the Mountains of Japan

For all their reverence for tradition, the Japanese are undoubtedly design-forward. All it takes is a visit to Harajuku or a glance at the latest …

Architecture
Japan

A 1979 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Gets Restored in Matte Black

This off-road stunner is built to last.<p>Originally created as a two-door SUV to compete with Jeep and Land Rover, Toyota’s FJ40 Land Cruiser series has long held a cult following among off-road enthusiasts due to its ruggedness and unique design. This FJ40 from 1979 gets a custom restoration draped …

the boundary between kogei and design by naoto fukasawa

<b>curated by designer naoto fukasawa, ‘the boundary between kogei and design’ is an exhibition running at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art</b> …

Let's Meet Swery

<b>toco toco tv</b> <b>is a YouTube channel “where Japanese artists and creators introduce places in Japan that inspire them”.</b> There are some cool video game …

Japan

Comedian Mitch Hedberg's Thoughts on Design

The late comic undoubtedly left us too soon<p>Mitch Hedberg was one of the great comedians of our time, and sadly left us too early. Here are some of …

Product Design

Day By Day: The Iris Story

<i>Day By Day</i> is a short film by Corda Film that gives a glimpse into the life of functional artist George Rocha. George is best known for his work …

Undivided Attention - Dwell

Shojis, employed as room dividers, window coverings, and doors, have long been popular for the way they filter light while still providing privacy. Their use in Japan dates back to the 12th century, but they weren’t widely introduced in the Western world until the mid-1850s. The quintessential …

Woodworking

What Do the Different Icons on Japanese Washlet Toilets Mean?

And how do you tastefully indicate a vagina, as opposed to an anus, being sprayed clean?<p>Visitors to Japan may find themselves befuddled by the …

Japan

Samurai concept aimed at making Japan (aesthetically) great again

Traditional Japanese design is based on seven Zen aesthetic principles. Simplicity and removal of clutter. Dynamic, balanced asymmetry. Naturalness …

Samurai

Ikea's Flatpacked, Chainless Bicycle Now for Sale in U.S.

The SLADDA, and its modular accessories, have arrived<p>When we announced Ikea's chainless bicycle last year, there was no word on a U.S. release date. …

New York City

We visit the breathtaking "House of Light" in the Japanese countryside

With an “<b>Outside-in</b>” room and <b>a bath lit by fibre optics</b>, this is one of Japan’s most unique places to stay.<p>From capsule hotels to atmospheric inns …

Japan

How Ikea's New Joinery is Advancing Their Design

The Lisabo does more with less<p>Let's get into table design for a second. If you look at your average dining table, you'll see most have aprons. The …