The measure of all things is limitless

by Mio Yamada

In its light-hearted approach of presenting exhibits that include everyday items, contemporary design, artwork and historical objects, “Measuring: This Much, That Much, How Much?” at 21_21 Design Sight has its fair share of crowd pleasers. It begins with the “Perfektron,” an installation that cleverly brings together humankind’s oldest measuring tool ...

Tange's indispensable contacts

Feb 12, 2015

Tange's indispensable contacts

by John L. Tran

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in the Shinjuku Park Tower — I haven’t, but I know someone who has — you’ll know how looking down from the 52nd floor on the silent city from the ...

Staring at the bottom of the glass

| Feb 6, 2015

Staring at the bottom of the glass

by Jean Snow

Here’s a glass that’s perfect for teasing someone who’s prone to having one too many. The Kanna Glass by Hiroshi Yamazaki (of Yamasaki Design Works) is a beautifully designed piece of glassware, with an unusually irregular bottom. The uneven surface means that it will ...

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 ...