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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 …

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Air Jordans

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 …

Greenspace

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 …

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 …

House Design

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 …

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> …

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 …

Apartments

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 …

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

Written by Euan McKirdy, CNN<p>It's hard to imagine the humble bucket being a work of art, but those made by Shuji Nakagawa in his Kyoto studio go for thousands of dollars and have a loyal following.<p>Smooth, tactile and fragrant with the heady smell of hinoki -- the Japanese cypress they are …

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 …

Cape Town

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 …

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 …

Japan’s wild, creative Harajuku street style is dead. Long live Uniqlo

To hear photographer Shoichi Aoki describe it, what killed Tokyo’s famous Harajuku style was basically what happens when a glut of factories set up shop at the head of a river that feeds vital waterways.<p>“In Tokyo there is a kind of flow of energy when it comes to fashion,” Aoki explains. “Harajuku …

Harajuku

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 …

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 …

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 …

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Undivided Attention - Dwell

New York mainstay Miya Shoji continues to hone the art of Japanese screen-making.<p>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 …

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 …

Samurai concept aimed at making Japan (aesthetically) great again

It's an odd looker at first glance, but the philosophy behind this Samurai motorcycle concept is an interesting one: why don't Japanese motorcycles …

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. …

Carbon Fiber

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 …

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 …