Home in on Japan's postwar architecture

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In the 1960s, architect Kazuo Shinohara made a famous comment in Shinkenchiku magazine: “Residence is art. … Residence should be outside of what is believed as architecture, it should rather be considered as a form of art, like paintings and sculptures.” A bold statement considering that unlike paintings or sculptures, ...

Sayoko Yamaguchi, an enigma to the end

May 30, 2015

Sayoko Yamaguchi, an enigma to the end

by John L. Tran

You may not know the name, but there is a good chance you know the face. As Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Twiggy were iconic of their times, Sayoko Yamaguchi was everywhere in the 1970s. Even if you weren’t a dedicated follower of fashion, ...

Versace makes return to Tokyo

Apr 30, 2015

Versace makes return to Tokyo

by Danielle Demetriou

It is a fashion house that has long been the sartorial antithesis of subtle — as reflected in its bold designs, sexy silhouettes, splashes of hot colors and abundance of gold. So it may come as some surprise to learn that the Italian luxury ...

Something old, something new, something blue

| Apr 4, 2015

Something old, something new, something blue

by Mio Yamada

Traditional craftsmanship is in the bag When it comes to finding an elegant way to employ traditional crafts for contemporary products, Yosuke Inui has got it in the bag. A combination of attractive textiles with centuries-old woodcrafting techniques, Inui’s Wappa Bag retains just enough ...

The measure of all things is limitless

Mar 27, 2015

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 ...

Few Japanese models strut Tokyo's catwalks

Mar 20, 2015

Few Japanese models strut Tokyo's catwalks

Tokyo fashion week has long been a platform for edgy Japanese designers, but perhaps more remarkable is just how few Japanese models grace its catwalks. Tall, white and often blonde young women dominate the runway, with a foreign look that is now commonplace in ...