Daikoku Design Institute for the Musashino Art University, Tokyo

Designed by the Daikoku Institute (Nippon Design Centre, Tokyo), this series of posters are meant to advertise the 2016 programs of the Musashino Art University. As simple and efficient as good design can be.

“Measuring” in Tokyo: 21_21 Design Sight

Organized by 21_21 Design Sight and the Issey Miyake Foundation, the "Measuring: This much, That much, How much?" exhibition will start in Tokyo, on February 20, 2015. The idea was developed in November 2014, when the members of the Exhibition Team got together to explore all kinds of "Things you can do with 10 people." The results of these experiments are to be published on 21_21 DOCUMENTS. Among the involved designers are Koichi Suzuno (co-founder of Torafu architects and designer of the famous "air vase") and Norihiko Terayama (who founded Studio note after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven and training at Studio Richard Hutten). (…)

Melt your own slippers

Playful Tokyo-based designer Satsuki Ohata presented his "Fondue slippers" in Milan: a new kind of footwear obtained by "dipping" your own foot into melted PVC, before blowing it dry. The DYI kit is on the way. "I have named it "Fondue Slipper" because the production process is similar to cheese fondue. It's very easy to make. You just dip your foot and dry it. That's all. *This prototype is using PVC, which hardens at 200~300 degrees Celsius (392~572 degrees Fahrenheit). This time I used my foot mold instead of my foot. I am currently developing a kit which allows Fondue Slipper to make at home. Soon this new kit will be complete and you will be able to make your own Fondue Slipper that fits your foot perfectly. You can wear Fondue Slipper both inside and outside. It can also be used as slipper by folding the heel, or you can wear it without folding the heel if you want to run."

Food Work: de la Norvège au Japon

Some say Nordic & Japanese cultures have many things in common: a bunch of Norwegian designers decided to explore this assumption, with a project named “FoodWork”.  A series a objects designed "for everyday situations in Norway", but inspired by their "particular understand­ing of Japanese culture. In other words: we have at­tempted to make Norwegian objects that could also be relevant to Japanese living." Certains prétendent que les cultures scandinave et japonaise ont beaucoup en commun. Un collectif de designers norvégiens ont décidé d'explorer cette hypothèse, avec leur projet "FoodWork" : une série d'objets créés pour "des situations quotidiennes en Norvège", mais inspirée de leur "compréhension particulière de la culture japonaise. En d'autres termes, nous avons essayé de faire des objets norvégiens, mais qui trouveraient leur utilité dans la vie quotidienne japonaise."

Tokyo Designers’ Week & “Design Fes” 2013

L'Asie s'apprête à inaugurer son nouveau "Design Festival" à l'occasion de la prochaine Tokyo Designers' Week, en octobre 2013. L'événement réunira pendant 10 jours les designers stars du continent asiatique. Asia is launching a new "Design Festival" for the next Tokyo Designers' Week in October 2013, gathering for 10 days in the same event top designers of Asian countries.

Issey Miyake’s 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo

Feeling back-to-school (or back-to the-office) blue? Likewise. But I'll be the friendly classmate and share this magical memory: lucky enough, while holidaying in Japan I've been invited to discover Issey Miyake's 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT foundation, located in Tokyo's trendy Midtown neighbourhood (and Design Hub). Adding to the dream, this building was designed by Tadao Ando, inspired by a piece of clothing. Feeling better already... Je n'avais pas plus que vous envie de rentrer. Mais, en bonne camarade de classe, je ramène un souvenir du Japon pour attaquer l'année : à Tokyo, j'ai eu la chance d'être invitée à découvrir le fameux 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT fondé par Issey Miyake. Situé dans le quartier de Midtown, réputé pour son Design Hub, ce centre de recherche et d'exposition sur le design a été conçu par Tadao Ando, qui s'est inspiré d'un vêtement pour définir les lignes de son oeuvre. Voilà qui devrait vous alléger l'humeur...

Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam tricote son aire de jeux

L'artiste et designer japonaise Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam (basée au Canada, internationalement connue pour son travail artistique des fibres textiles) a entièrement réalisé au crochet une aire de jeux pour les jeunes enfants de la ville de Sapporo. Japanese artist and designer Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam (Canada-based, she is a world-renown fibre artist) knitted a whole playground for the young children of Sapporo.

Torafu Architects, Space Air vase

Le studio japonais Torafu Architects (fondé en 2004, à Tokyo, par Koichi Suzuno et Shinya Kamuro) ajoute une nouvelle version à sa série Airvases, cette fois illustré des photographies de l'artiste Mikya Takimoto. L'Airvase, lancé en 2010 par Torafu Architects, a reçu le prix Red Dot 2012 dans la catégorie "Best of the Best" et s'est vu consacrer plusieurs expositions et événements. Japanese studio Torafu Architect (founded in 2004, in Tokyo, by Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro) unveiled their new version of the Airvase, illustrated by artist Mikya Takimoto. The Airvase, first published by Torafu Architects in 2010, has since received the 2012 Red Dot award for "Best of the best" product, and been dedicated several exhibitions and events.