Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

Oct 29, 2016

Mina Perhonen: a natural-born style

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Be it a dress, a teacup or a chair, there is something instantly recognizable about a Mina Perhonen creation. Perhaps it's the natural motifs, exquisite textiles and unexpected color combinations. Or maybe it's the nostalgia-tinged atmosphere paired with clean-lined contemporary silhouettes. Akira Minagawa | ...

Ex-leper takes to Tokyo runway to fight stigma

Oct 21, 2016

Ex-leper takes to Tokyo runway to fight stigma

At 83 Miyo Maki had never manicured her nails, thickened and deformed due to leprosy, a disease she was diagnosed with when she was just 10 years old. But on Wednesday, as she marked her birthday, the former leprosy patient proudly displayed her shiny artificial ...

Oki Sato of Nendo: on the objects of design

Oct 8, 2016

Oki Sato of Nendo: on the objects of design

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This year alone, Oki Sato, founder and director of Nendo, has not one, but two major retrospective exhibitions of the design unit's work — one at the Design Museum Holon in Israel, the other at the Taiwan Design Museum. His acclaimed "50 Manga Chairs" ...

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 ...