• Tag: japanese design


    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.



    Shoe Stool by Koichi Futatsumata.

    5th June

    I can’t say I ever thought we’d be blogging about a shoe stool here on Yellowtrace, if ya know what I’m sayin’. But when a piece of furniture is this beautiful, we are left with no choice. This gorgeous stool was created by Japanese designer Koichi Futatsumata for a fashion brand FUJITO as a limited edition item for the brand’s 10th anniversary. The stool was re-released by Opinion Ciatti and it was exhibited this year at Salone Internazionale del Mobile.



    Baku Maeda // The Master of Unconventional Ice & Ribbon Sculptures.

    27th February

    Today’s unusual post features Japanese artist Baku Maeda and his killer moustache. Based in Sapporo, an illustrator by trade, Baku Maeda expresses tremendous energy and power with his work, showing us what’s possible to achieve with humble, unassuming materials like ice and ribbon. Maeda is a classic doodler – but be sure to look between the lines here so you don’t miss a thing.



    Sculptural Shelf by Takuya Hamajima.

    12th February

    I stumbled upon this glorious shelf while looking for something completely unrelated. I love it when that happens. My “click fest” lead me to the website of Takuya Hamajima, Japanese maker and artist based in Tokyo. I love this shelf. A lot. It redefines what a shelf should look like in the first place. It’s intersecting lines, interlocking objects and geometries are reminiscent of an architectural drawing – a floor-plan of a circular building (drawn on Yellowtrace of course).



    Sisii Showroom by Yuko Nagayama & Associates // Kobe, Japan.

    7th February

    Yuko Nagayama & Associates with landscape designer Toshiya Ogino have created this gobsmacking showroom for the Japanese leatherwear company Sisii in Kobe, Japan. The designers have literally turned the space upside-down and inside-out, crafting a completely unconventional interior. This retail showroom is a case study for out-of-the-box thinking. From the lush internal courtyard and trees in the interior, sloping walls, the changing levels, the display of clothes – every single element and every single moment challenges the norm, and defies the rules.




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