Japan's fertile architectural evolution

Jan 30, 2015

Japan's fertile architectural evolution

by Julian Worrall

Today, Japanese contemporary architecture enjoys an outstanding international reputation, but the story of its emergence to a position of such accomplishment and acclaim has not yet been told comprehensively. A pair of exhibitions at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa presents a ...

Designs to liven up house and home

| Jan 2, 2015

Designs to liven up house and home

Little chairs for little people The Dollhouse Chair by Torafu Architects — Koichi Suzuno and Alicja Strzyzynska — might sound like it could have been a Christmas stocking-filler, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite. This kids’ chair isn’t for a dollhouse, it doubles ...

Fashion 2014: bold booty or sheer reveal?

Dec 26, 2014

Fashion 2014: bold booty or sheer reveal?

by Leanne Italie

Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top? On runways, Marc Jacobs sent up-and-comer Kendall Jenner out during February’s New York Fashion Week with nipples clearly visible under a taupe knit top. Christian ...

Hadid remains at the center of controversy

| Nov 28, 2014

Hadid remains at the center of controversy

Exhibitions can have consequences, often unintended. Initially inspired by Zaha Hadid’s competition win in 2012 for the New National Stadium of Japan, the current exhibition at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery has unfolded against a backdrop of controversy swirling around the architect’s proposal. ...

Getting crafty with ideas at Maker Faire Tokyo

Nov 20, 2014

Getting crafty with ideas at Maker Faire Tokyo

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Walking into the makeshift laboratory of Skeletonics, Inc. in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji, it’s impossible not to notice the nearly 3-meter-tall robotic exoskeleton in the room. Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku and Tomohiro Aka created the contraption and introduced it to the public via video-streaming ...