A one-legged teahouse suspended amid cherry trees in the Japanese mountains showcases the vivid imagination and designs of architect Terunobu Fujimori. Conceiving his first creation at the age of 42, Fujimori is considered one of the world’s first surrealists in his field. Working solely with natural materials such as earth, wood and stone, the modern eccentric has dedicated his career to pioneering contemporary design with buildings “that float in the air” and roofs covered with living leek plants. Curating the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2006, Fujimori invited audiences to remove their shoes and enter the exhibition through a hole in a wooden wall to sit in a simple straw hut. “A building should not resemble anyone else’s buildings, past or present, or any style that has developed since the Bronze Age,” he explains of his fairytale structures.
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HELP JAPAN RAFFLE AND EVENT AT THE BOOM BOOM ROOM, TONIGHT
This Friday, March 18 at 10PM, please join Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, Olivia Kim, Jen Brill, Rinko Kikuchi and Justin Theroux, who are hosting the Help Japan raffle and event at the Boom Boom Room. Prizes will come from the likes of artist Dan Colen, Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Acne, Alexander Wang, The Standard, Versace and many more. All proceeds from this event will go to the American Red Cross to support the Japan Earthquake and the Pacific tsunami relief. To RSVP, please email RSVP@openingceremony.us. Help Japan tonight at the Boom Boom Room](www.standardhotels.com/new-york-city/) 442 W. 13th St, New York.
Villa-K by Cell Space Architects in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan.
Clean, spacious, light, simple…
This site is located on a hilltop in one of the eminent Karuizawa villa areas. All directions around the site are clear for view in winter.The villa consists of four parts of floors and four parts of roofs around a central pillar. The four floors placed on different levels are connected to the surrounding out space through windows in order to give diverse views for the residents. The inner spaces are divided into four parts and, on the other hand, are connected in a spiral around the central pillar. The four roofs are connected with different angles one another. Sunlight coming through the slits between the roofs highlights the division of the inner spaces.
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Tokujin Yoshioka’s project ‘snow’ is a dynamic 15-meter-wide installation.
It consists of a scene depicting hundreds of kilograms of light feathers blowing all over
and falling down slowly, creating a feeling of looking at or walking through a snowstorm. See the aamazing beauty in motion here.
The most beautiful things I believe in this world is what is irreproducible, accidentally born, and disorder that cannot be understood by the theory.
I believe the nature is the ultimate beauty in this world. The sunlight, soft breeze, and the harmony that leaves create, the variety of the essence in the nature touches our emotions. I intend not to reproduce them, but to pick the element that inspires our heart and integrate it into the design. Tokujin Yoshioka
The Snow was shown as part of Sensing Nature at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
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‘tree house’ by mount fuji architects is located in a typical residential area of northern part of tokyo. designed for a young couple the residence is situated close to neighbours houses.
the problem with this was a shortage of natural light and privacy, to resolve this the architects chose a ‘centripetal tendency’ by limiting the building horizontally.
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Apolo Architects recently completed this house for a middle aged couple located in Sendai, Japan.
The site is situated on a corner lot, with high levels of traffic. To resolve this issue the architects created a surrounding perimeter fence, which is part of the building itself. The reinforced concrete white outer wall os the facade has been covered in photocatalytic paint, keeping in mind aesthetics.
The ground floor consists of the dining space which faces the front yard and the living room, which leads to the outside deck space.
The small courtyard leads to the upper section of the house which then becomes the entrance hall and functions as a center of the house. It also consists of balconies and a rooftop garden.
Miyake Design Studio, Tokyo, Japan, Issey Miyake, designer, Minaret dress, 1995, polyester, 137 length; 98 cm diameter, Image courtesy Powerhouse Museum.
Future Beauty 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to now. Japanese designers made an enormous impact on world couture in the late 20th century. Innovators such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto redefined the very basis of fashion, challenged established Western notions of beauty, and turned fashion very firmly into art. Kawakubo’s protégé, the techno-couturier Junya Watanabe also features in the exhibition, together with the acclaimed Jun Takahashi, and the new generation of radical designers including Tao Kurihara, Matohu and Mintdesigns.
Barbican Art Gallery
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30 Years of Japanese Fashion
October 15, 2010-February 6, 2011
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