Massage away the blues with sensory therapy

Jan 6, 2011

Massage away the blues with sensory therapy

A pot of tea brews next to a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table. Three flying porcelain ducks hang on the wall. A pile of books sits on the shelf. And somewhere in the distance, the sound of bird song mingles with the ...

Dec 9, 2010

Marc Jacobs' flagship sets Tokyo aglow

Deftly dodging a stream of cars, taxis and bicycles, Stephan Jaklitsch stands in the middle of a narrow road in Tokyo’s Aoyama district. In less than 24 hours, the architect will “unwrap” the paper covering the glass walls of the building before him to ...

Modern design aesthetics enhance traditional Kyoto

Dec 3, 2010

Modern design aesthetics enhance traditional Kyoto

Gray corridors, strip lighting, scratched desks and bland canteens: Schools are not generally renowned for the finesse of their decor. With a universal motto of “function over design” classrooms have never been renowned for their beauty and style. So it is perhaps a surprise ...

Good news for the blues: Tokyo Designers Week

Oct 29, 2010

Good news for the blues: Tokyo Designers Week

Forget green. Once the only color on the creative minds of the world — from fashion and product design to architecture and packaging — its dominance may soon be usurped. Today, Tokyo Designers Week, one of the biggest events in the capital’s creative calendar, ...

Immersed in epic visions of nature

Aug 27, 2010

Immersed in epic visions of nature

It is as epic as it is arresting. With a gentle whirr, thousands of white feathers are blown into the air in a vast clear space where they proceed to toss and tumble like snowflakes. The man-made snowstorm is the opening work in a ...

Boltanski's hearts don't skip a beat

Aug 6, 2010

Boltanski's hearts don't skip a beat

There are few places more remote. I wander along an overgrown path humming with birds and lined with rice fields before finding myself in front of a house on a small beach. As if on cue, a woman with a blank face and a ...

The Royal Ballet pictured in style

Jul 2, 2010

The Royal Ballet pictured in style

A ballerina stands lightly en pointe in a monochrome photograph, feet arched to perfection and a hand stretched toward the sky. Another dancer mid-arabesque raises her back leg gracefully. A third is frozen leaping through the air with legs stretched into a perfect straight ...

Why cook food when it is better for you raw?

Apr 29, 2010

Why cook food when it is better for you raw?

Sixteen years ago, the Boutenkos were a family in crisis. Mother Victoria was overweight and depressed. Her husband, Sergei, had arthritis. Their teenage son was battling diabetes, while their daughter suffered from asthma. Fast-forward to 2010, and the Boutenko family is virtually unrecognizable: All ...

'Taylor Deupree: Unseen'

| Apr 23, 2010

"Taylor Deupree: Unseen"

NADiff ClosesApril 25 Forget a diary with words. Instead, picture a cloudless sky, an empty street and a snow-filled forest. A year in the life of American artist Taylor Deupree is displayed in a new exhibition at NADiff in Ebisu, with one Polaroid snap ...

The colorful visions of a perpetual tourist

Mar 26, 2010

The colorful visions of a perpetual tourist

Beneath a hazy moon, a party is in full swing at a mountainside terrace overlooking the endless twinkling lights of a city that may or may not be Los Angeles. Barbecues are glowing, music is playing and bottles are emptying. But revelers are not ...