• Tag: japan


    Natsumi Zama’s 2→3 Fashion Collection.

    24th July

    Japan-born London-based young womenswear designer Natsumi Zama holds a BA Honours in Fashion Design and Technology from London College of Fashion. Since graduating in 2009 Zama has launched her own fashion label while working as a freelancer machinist. Her most recent collection entitled “2→3” (two to three) is a series of garments that explore how material can be transformed from it’s two dimensional form to a three dimensional object. Each garment, when laid flat, looks as though it is mounted on a large expanse of square fabric, but when worn on the body this backdrop transforms into sweeping folds that dress the figure in pleats and fluted shapes.



    PC Garden House in Japan by Kengo Kuma.

    15th July

    Who feels like a cool drink of water? I felt like I’d had one after looking at Mitsumasa Fujitsuka’s photos of this beautiful Kengo Kuma house. It’s a littler, newer, Katsura. Spare Japanese perfection, just enough brush strokes to render a completely captivating scene. Something about the way the deep eaves and deeper running-board of the house penetrate the garden gives the impression that the rooms inside and the space outside is in perfect coalescence.



    House Komazawa Park by miCo // Japan.

    17th June

    Judging from the outside, House Komazawa Park is one of those places you simply wouldn’t see coming. The project is an extension of a thirty year old dwelling, nestled in a densely populated district where wooden houses sit like a compact cluster of timber frames. From the outside, House Komazawa is fragmented and appears quite small; inside, however, it is surprisingly light and spacious. Working with the existing two-storey structure, Mizuki Imamura & Isao Shinohara of miCo made it their aim to re-interpret the wooden home so common in Japan, and modify the landscape it sat in.



    So Hot Right Now // Translucent Buildings Made of Glass.

    6th June

    I don’t know about you but the thought of living inside a glass house seems just a little bit daunting. A person’s home is a sanctuary – a place where you can cut loose, be yourself, and… you know, walk around in your undies goddamit. On the other hand, there would be a few benefits to living in a glass house – seemingly endless spaces; no need to paint the walls, hang wallpaper or artwork as surrounding nature would ‘design’ all the interiors. Pretty neat idea, huh?



    Gallery Post // Aesop Store in Kyoto 97 Aburaya-cho Sanjo.

    9th May

    Aesop Kyoto store at 97 Aburaya-Cho Sanjo was created by Simplicity team under Shinichiro Ogata, drawing inspiration from many Japanese aesthetics.



    Gallery Post // Aesop Store in Kyoto Kawaramachi.

    9th May

    Aesop Kawaramachi store in Kyoto, designed by Torafu Architects, reflects the history of the neighbourhood and aligns itself with contemporary Kyoto.




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