Hiroshi Sambuichi: The nature of architecture

Sep 24, 2016

Hiroshi Sambuichi: The nature of architecture

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What is most remarkable about Hiroshi Sambuichi’s work is the sensation of air and wind movement that the shapes of the architect’s buildings encourage. The experience is testament to Sambuichi’s philosophy that architecture should work in harmony with the environment surrounding it so that ...

Japan's architects are building a better future

Aug 20, 2016

Japan's architects are building a better future

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Home-security AI cats; talking walls equipped with motion sensors; communal-living apartment blocks that promote harmonious relations; and outdoor living-room spaces powered by solar energy siphoned off hybrid cars — these previews of our future, currently on display at “House Vision 2,” sound like science ...

New looks for fall and winter

| Aug 13, 2016

New looks for fall and winter

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Mintdesigns finds a new, bigger home Until the Parco building in Shibuya closed this month for its three-year renovation plan, Mintdesigns — a mainstay of the Tokyo Fashion Week — had made the mall its home for nine years. Now the brand has taken ...

Designs on summer

| Aug 6, 2016

Designs on summer

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The Japanese summer is not for everyone. Unbearable temperatures, clammy humidity and glaring sunshine can leave you a dripping, squinting, frizzy-haired, hot mess. We can't help you — but here's a few Japanese designs that may make summer a bit "cooler" for you.

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

Aug 2, 2016

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

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Colorful and cluttered, the office bursts with paraphernalia, from stacked bicycles and piles of books on designer chairs to an apple-green iMac, a futuristic record player and a red Snoopy phone on the rosewood desk. This is, of course, no ordinary office — it’s ...

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

Jul 30, 2016

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

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There are seasonal ikebana arrangements, tatami-mat flooring, kimono-style outfits for guests and a steaming hot onsen spring water bath. So far, so ryokan, the traditional-style Japanese inns that dot the country. Until a screen slides open in one of the guestrooms, and 11th-floor views ...

Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

| Jul 9, 2016

Tokyo fashion faces some backstage changes

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Vintage graduation CEO Tobe Naoaki’s boutique Grimoire has been responsible for so many important fashion moments in Tokyo’s recent fashion history. Even those who have never wandered into its loving re-imagining of turn-of-the-century European fairy-tale style will have most likely seen one of its ...