• 2008/12/14
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    「Sense of Touch of Beauty -紙の素材に魅せられて- 」です。友田さんの独特の世界をどうぞご覧ください。
  • 2008/11/14
    As graphic design student, when I started many projects I wondered “What for is this going to be useful?” like mixing colors, drawing perfect shapes with the stylograph etc.
    But in one of my final projects I understood the reason. Beginning to chose a Mexican region, look for information of the place, typical food, clothes, peoples costumes and so on, what for? To develop the corporative image for a restaurant placed in this city.
  • 2008/10/07
    In Mexico most of people use bus as public transport, but what happens with big and populated places like Mexico City or Monterrey, where there are too many busy people wanting to move as fast as they could to their destinations? Only these two cities count with a subway system.
  • 2008/09/12

    198 Years ago, Mexico was founded fighting against Spanish Empire's oppression. Finally, on 15th September 1818 with the famous “Shout of Dolores” Mexican Independence was proclaimed. After this important event, a great passion born in people, thanks to decided people Mexico became an independence country, since then unlimited expression is one of Mexican's characteristics.
  • 2008/09/02
    This line was created with the cooperation of the city of Kanazawa. The aesthetic sense held by traditional craftsman and artists were revised to fit today’s global sense of aesthetics.
  • 2008/08/25
    "Rubber-based stationary goods and interior product line maintaining popularity for the past 40 years"
    Interior goods made mainly of rubber and using stainless steel in certain parts. They are made by taking advantage of the elastic nature of rubber. Historical designs developed in 1972, they have been selected as a part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) collection and have won numerous awards.
  • 2008/08/07
    “Exploring original forms of plates”
    The archetype of these plates is a leaf. Leaves were presumably used as mats to contain food and keep the food from getting dirty. Plates serve as a solemn stage for cooking, playing the unavoidable role of offering the limelight to the food that is being served. The PLPL series kicked off with the plate, and then later expanded to bowls and cups.
  • 2008/08/07
    “Compilation design of traditional handicraft”
    A modern expression of the traditional Japanese craft of cast iron. The knobs of tea kettles of traditional craftwork created by artisans have been used in their original forms. The pots, which come with a base that is an important part of the unified overall design, can be a gentle addition to the dining table. A filter attached to the inside allows the pot to be used to serve Japanese or western tea, or even to enjoy hot or chilled sake. The design is a compilation of the traditional and the modern.
  • 2008/07/31
    This table offers a bare-minimum function - a simple tabletop. You can't even place your elbow on it. Placed next to a chair, it is a tool that only provides a bit of usefulness in your everyday life.
  • 2008/07/24
    "Three-dimensional swastika"

    A member is connected to another at a right angle to form the letter T. This structure was created by extending the relationship between the members.
    Designer KUROKAWA calls it “three-dimensional swastika.” As long as this structural relationship is maintained, anything can be made.
  • 2008/05/20
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    今回は石井紀久氏の写真展「Pocket Green」です。
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  • 2008/03/14
    D-GALLERY Updated!
  • 2008/01/02
    D-GALLERY has been updated!
  • 2007/04/23 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I am completely exhausted. Yes, there are many, so many things I should see that I haven’t seen yet.
    It’s almost impossible to describe the actual condition of Salone at present to let the readers get a clear picture of it. It can really kill you. The last day of this year’s Salone, the Sunday every place of Milan, regardless its main exhibition arena or its streets, is full of people who don’t want to miss the final day of this international trade show for this year. On top of that some important soccer match was held earlier today in which Inter Milan won the game, every corner of the city of Milan is filled with exited people. Cars and motor cycles are running in and through the big open square close to Doumo and any square in whole Milan, honking their horns, hoisting Italian banner. Cars can’t move but the idea of walking is more scary.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    The main show of Cassina is in Fiera. I’d like to introduce its items I found on the streets with a few pictures I took. As a mogul company, it still has a great energy to go forward. Let me leave the report on Cassina to someone else, though.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I remember I saw around 20 of this cow in Marunouchi, Tokyo. I hear that some artist is showing it at big events all over the world through the sponsors the designer found. In short, it’s a kind of project to exhibit cows all over the streets of Milan by inviting lots of artists to do that. It’s one of the features of Salone.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    This is a wonderful exhibition space I can never fail to visit every year. Though I don’t know whether these works are its permanent exhibits or only for the period of Salone, it is showing items of excellence as usual. The towel hunger I introduced last year seems to have been not taken up for its collection. I cannot find it here this year.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I have brought here Canon 5D and the zoom lenses from 24 up to 105 for it, which I recently purchased. It’s heavy stuff but the excellence of this photo equipment makes me very excited to take pictures. I can no more use portable small thin digital cameras. This Canon is a digital camera that enables its users to change ISO easily depending on the conditions of the places where photos are taken. If the place is dark, for example, you can set it to 1000 or 1500. In bright outside, 100 or 200 is suitable.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    It may be the first time for Yamagiwa, being conscious of Salone, to exhibit its new line of products to be introduced at Euroluce. Yamagiwa entrusted several designers with their designs.
    The one hanging from the ceiling was designed by Lovegrove. The lanterns with outer cocoon-like round fabric are the works of Tomio Ito. The small stands with LED are the works of Makio Hasuike well known for his brand of bags and accessories he designs. The ones of small round thick crystals with their backside smoked are by Tokujin Yoshioka.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I’ve, too, revised the design for my small chair. In the first design, the angle of the bent part between the seat board and the backboard was precise 90 degrees. But the revised design has adopted a continuous curved line for the surface of its seat and back. One reason for this change is, of course, to improve the feeling for sitting on. There is also another crucial reason, that is, the difficulty of producing the wooden chair with its first design.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    Mr. Azumi came to visit Next Maruni’s space. He scolded me though he was wearing great smiles for me. He said, “ Why isn’t the story of my chairs written, here?” I answered, “Because I found no great difference from the ones last year.” I’d like to develop to writing about the details as my answer to him may have been a kind of too blunt.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    The exhibition of Ingo Maurer is the one I’m always looking forward to seeing in every year’s Salone. This work may not be his own making but the one by someone Ingo gave his instructions. If you know whose work this is, please let me know. As Shigeru Uchida’s ‘Waves of Light’ indicates, ‘light’ is an essence that always moves people’s hearts with its eternal and dramatic nature.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    In the yard of Triennale is a cabin by Shigeru Ban. The recyclable material of plastic and pulp molded in the forms of H and T like those of steel structures, makes up of this cabin. Some material used for its horizontal parts claimed to be recyclable are a little bent, which causes me a little worry.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    The pictures here are showing the works exhibited at a super studio named ‘NEW CREATIVE GENERATION/THAT’DESIGN’.
    The exhibition here seems to be one having been planned to focus on young students, standing against Satellite that has been growing to be ever professional. The problem with the project like this is that its success or its failure is largely judged by the content of the exhibited works there.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    These are the photos of a one-man-show and a group exhibition.
    The one-man-exhibition is the one presented by Mr. Toshiyuki Kita and the group-exhibition is the one taken charge of by Mr. Shigeru Uchida. Mr. Uchida’s glass-tree and water-reflection are good. He says he made this glass-tree in Czech Republic. He also says water-reflection is the fruit of more than a few trials and errors.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    This is a work presented at the theatre of D&G. They say the support of the D&G owner realized this presentation. All kinds of chairs are exhibited in Salone, some works of which are half-boiled art, some of which are only for their rational functions of chairs and some of which are ones hiding their vulgarness under the cover of the term, ‘Conceptual’.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    ‘The paradise of Mendini’ is the name I myself gave to this chair and not the actual name of this work. The various activities of Mendini with the brilliant emergence of Post-Modern Movement are unforgettable memories of mine. His energetic activities and vivid worldview always come back to my heart like the experiences of being in the heavenly paradise. The splendor of this chair shown at the corner of the stage with its pride seems to me to be a message from the great paradise.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    It has been placed here at the entrance of Triennale for sometime. There’s a spiral-shaped galleria inside, which, I guess, for people to play there.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I’m not quite familiar with the history and the cooperate principle of the company, Moroso. I’d like each of readers to check and understand them. This company looks, in fact, very interesting to me. What I wrote in another report on ‘Common Patterns’ is actually concerning Moroso. I’m not even sure how to pronounce this company name but I’ve found a fresh but a kind of lofty achievement in its products. The modern design completed by eliminating all the decorative elements impresses us with its great presence like the embodiment of the most sophisticated fashion.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    Needless to say, Tokujin is excellent at presenting his works. He is not so much a product designer as a display designer. His eyes to see things in the context he creates are something beyond what most product designers can see. It’s the design of how things should be seen.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I never fail to visit Triennale. It always has various exhibition programs some of which may be good and others of which may be not good. Where are the exhibitions of Mr.Kuma and Mr.Kenya Hara supposed to be held? They must be being held as presentations of a Japanese real-estate company. As this photo shows, at Triennale such variety of programs are taking place simultaneously as lectures given at the open space, Modern Italian Exhibition organized by Andrea Brandy and so on.
  • 2007/04/22 | SALONEARCHIVES
    KUMA’s work is very close to the very Japanese itself. He is making use of Japanese esthetic sense to almost excessive extent. But it’s good. Though it’s my belief that true estheticism should be the expression of the sense of beauty that an individual finds through introspection of his or her own mind and that holds good in the modern society, KUMA’s work seems to go on the verge of falling into pop and vulgar cultural concept of Japan. Such a method as this he uses seems to have been well familiar to us.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    The more sophisticated its products become, the less clear their designers’ ideas seem to become. I miss those old days when TOTO, a small local company, was making great efforts to find good designs for its products. I believe design for each single item must come first, which tells us the designer’s dedication having been put in his or her work. What I wanted to see is such genuine efforts each designer has made for the creation of the particular product.
    Now that the products of TOTO have been highly sophisticated, which, in turn, makes its great energy invisible to us.
    The stool exhibited at the entrance was wonderful. It has a lot more excellent products in stock. Not to show them in Salone seems to be a kind of unwise waste of its investment for participating in this event.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    It reminds me of the groups of travelers that were seen everywhere in Europe. Many Italian designers seem to welcome this festive fuss saying, “ Oh, I think this is good liquor.” The liquors exhibited there together with the huge miniature of Tokyo made by Mori Building are the center of people’s attention.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    The design-team of YAMAHA that has been continuously making excellent designs for their electrical musical instruments finally arrived at Milan Salone. The concepts and their expressions they have given to their products represent their most original forms to the almost unprecedented degrees in the past. Showing their products may be enough to let us know the revolutionary and the miraculous findings they have made.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    To show Lexus. That is the purpose of this demonstration. Tokujin Yoshioka inspired us with his striking expression last year. Based on the concept of ‘Toyota versus Tokujin’ , the exhibition of Lexus and the chairs by Tokujin was creating a very impressive effect to be remembered for a long time.

    This year, however, the ideas and the conceptual structures seem to be a little vague.
    Though they are trying to present the collaborated expression between architects and Toyota’s planners being unified, it seems that too much theories are emptily spinning.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I walk all around Satellite. I do this not only for writing this ‘ Salone Report ’ but also for finding the designers I should invite to participate in ‘Designers’ Catalogue‘, an annual event held in July at Design Gallery of Ginza Matsuya Department Store. The most important purpose of this event is to find young designers we are to back up. The designers sought for may not be matured yet but should be promising ones in the future. Almost all designers I’ve selected for this event in the past are now as visibly active as I expected.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    I’m obsessed with patterns. I remember, 40 years ago, I was always asking myself what ‘decoration’ should be like. And I thought that without attaining the ultimate answer for this question, it might be impossible to know the essential nature of designs. I recently started to work on the production of porcelain in Jingdezhen in China. There, I encountered characteristic antique patterns the excellence of which moved me and, at the same time, began to make me suspect that something seems to be wrong with modern platter-drawings like those of present day Jingdezhen porcelain.

  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    Each of the table and the chair, here, is made of a folded plastic sheet. At a glance, you may think they are just works with the use of cardboard but the actual works are made of solid and strong plastic sheets with wonderful texture. The lines of perforations at their corners give us such an impression that the sheets of plastic board are bent along these lines.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    ‘One sheet of cloth’ is a work of Issey Miyake, the idea of which is to make things from a sheet of cloth. Let’s take a look at several examples. The concept of a ‘sheet’ is, needless to say, essential to furniture.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    The works of Starck, now, seem to have come to represent all the French estheticism.
    With its calm gracefulness, I like the works of Starck now better than those in the past. I felt a kind of weird impression about them, though. Every work being introduced gives us an impression of collaborated work with someone else. The chair in this photo, for example, is named ‘Philippe Starck by DOLCE & GABBANA’. Here the name ‘ Starck’ seems not so much the designer’s name as a brand name. ‘Starck’ seems to have come to be ‘a brand’ rather than a designer.
    Anyway it’s intriguing to me that Starck has come to have an air of a right successor of French culture.
  • 2007/04/20 | SALONEARCHIVES
    Two lounge chairs introduced by Next Maruni. One of them is a work of Alberto Meda. The other is a work of Tetsu Sumii, the Grand Prix winner of the International Competition.
  • 2007/04/18 | SALONEARCHIVES
    The time of Milan Salone comes around. Hotels and streets there have begun to have its special air of tension and excitement.. People from around the world get together here in Milan and those who work here let me hear a variety of opinions and rumors.
    Some say, “It seems some college students from London are showing their works at Satellite.” , Others say, “ It looks like Salone is only for Italy and Japan.” In anyway, the enthusiasm of Japanese on Milan Salone seems to have reached its peak.. An Italian designer whose studio I visited, pointing his forefinger to the pile of invitations, dared say, “ Those are trash.” I said, “ Mine is in them.” Then, he said, “Oh, mine, too.” This could be a laughing matter.
  • 2007/02/13
    In Tokyo, a gallery is open newly that is managed by its own committee. It stands under an architect studio in Shirokane.

  • 2007/02/02
    This Feburary, "The 10th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art" has started. 16 art works were selected from all 614 works submitted and one of them is the work of Antenna, which is the name of a unit of artists in Kyoto.
  • 2007/01/31
    January in 2007, "Studio Concert vol.2" was held at Masayuki KUROKAWA architect studio+K-system.
    JAZZ Trio, a basist, an altsax player and a pianist played several well known Jazz music with 【MODUS H01】. It's a new electric piano of YAMAHA has announced in October 2006, and you can see directly at Milan Salone 2007 in April. 【MODUS H01】 has high quality of design and it makes pianists be satisfied with key touching, as genius piano.

  • 2007/01/30
    From January 30 until Feburary 25, an interesting exhibition would be held. 8 creators try to make Japanese "tenugui," with traditional way. Originally, "tenugui" spread among people and became to popular by "kabuki," and it was one of "iki" to have "tenugui" for them. "Iki" means "cool" in Japanese, you know.

  • 2007/01/16
    It has been released on January 11 that "au design project," is one of mobile phone designing projects by KDDI in Japan, has started at last, to commercialize new one. Maybe you know this project is famous because various designers take part of it, as Naoto Fukasawa, Marc Newson and so on. And this is the 6th of the series. The designer is Tokujin Yoshioka. From November in 2005, the concept model has been announced and many people have been waited this time.
  • 2007/01/10
    One evening of the December last year, a party named ‘Lumiere’ was being held.
    At 9:00pm, at the bar was already full of guests.
    Passing 10:00pm, in the space of the concept-shop had been heated up with the crowd .
  • 2006/08/30 | YASUKO

    The whole view of Jantarmantar
    The time we got to Delhi, the final destination of this tour, having flied from Dacca via Calcutta was around 10pm. We originally planned to have the last banquet there to cerebrate the successful trip in India. Unfortunately, however, all the restaurants there were already closed. The only place that was open was a cafeteria open for 24 hours. We, a kind of reluctantly, went there and ordered hamburgers and french-fries.
  • 2006/08/30 | YASUKO

    A pay weight scale at the station
    of Chandigarh Station.
    The destination of our next tour, after completing the hard schedule of investigation on Corbusier’s buildings in Chandigarh, is the ‘National Assembly Building’ designed by Louis Kahn in Dacca, the Capital City of Bangladesh. We set out for the tour from Chandigarh Station at dawn to go to Delhi. And then, via Calcutta in South India, we flied to Dacca. You know there’s no direct flight from Delhi to Dacca. That’s why we took such a roundabout route of going through Calcutta to reach Dacca. In India, you must estimate that you need at least 3 hours needed for changing planes. If we add up the total flight time from Delhi to Dacca, it is just around 3 hours. We had to kill, however, almost unimaginable length of waiting time both at Delhi Airport and Calcutta Airport. All we can do in the airport lobbies where there are no duty-free shops, no cafes is nothing more than reading books we brought from Japan. After all, it was around the midnight that we, who left Chandigarh at dawn, finally reached the hotel in Dacca. We, however, couldn’t go straight to bed because the architects who were related with Kahn’s Parliament Building Project were waiting for us to have a conference with us. You know it was a challenge against the limit of our physical stamina and hunger.
    To my amazement, the members of the architectural pilgrimage tour say they will leave the hotel on the early morning when it’s still dark. They say they want to confirm the beauty of the National Assembly Building in the morning dew at dawn. You know, quite naturally I refused to participate in such an excursion.
  • 2006/08/30 | YASUKO

    High Court Building
    On the 2nd of March, the group set for the tour in early morning. The tour this day included the visits to ‘School of Architecture’, ‘Chandigarh Museum’ which is one of the museums built as a part of the Project of Museums Growing In Spiral, ‘High Court Building’ located in the central governmental area, ‘Parliament Building of Chandigarh’ and ‘Art School.’
  • 2006/08/30 | YASUKO

    Free Breakfast Set in the train
    Having completed the pilgrimage for the architectures of Ahmedabad for two days, the group left for Delhi, the way-stop to Chandigarh. We arrived at Delhi at around the midnight of 28th February because of the delay of the plane again. 5 hours later than that, we left for Chandigarh by train from Delhi Central Station. The inside of the train has a kind of good taste. If you take the first class, you get breakfast and cups of tea for free. I tried to imitate the manners what a middle aged Indian woman sitting next to me was doing for drinking tea. First, she poured hot water into her cup and then put some powdered milk in it and stired. Then she put a teabag in the cup. In Japan, people usually make tea first and then put powdered milk at the end. I felt the milk-tea made in Indian way was a little more tasty.
  • 2006/08/30 | YASUKO

    the stair well of Dada Harir
    It’d have been frustrating if all the places we visited had been the buildings designed by only Corbusier and Khan, coming all the way to India. We decided to go see water wells, a kind of special architectural feature of here Ahmadabad.
    The State of Gujarat in which Ahmadabad exists is a dry area. The people who have governed this area have built a number of wells to secure drinking water for the people there. The simple image of a well you may have, however, in which there’s a vertical hole and a bucket with a rope connected to it does not hold good here. They are rather grand architectural structures with splendid decorations on the steps dug in the form of staircases.
  • 2006/08/29 | YASUKO
    A movie, ‘My Architect’ shown at Q-AX, a complex of small theaters opened last spring in Shibuya, became the talk among architects. ‘My Architect’ in this movie refers to Louis Kahn, who represents the American architectures in the 20th Century. The movie shows the life of Kahn thorough the guidance of his son following the footsteps of his late father. The climax is the scene of ‘The Parliament Building’ standing in Dacca, the Capital City of Bangladesh.
  • 2005/10/21 | YASUKO

    Casa Da Musica
    If I was asked to describe 'Casa Da Musica' in my own words, it'd be 'A theme park of modern architecture.' Architects may get upset by this, but it was my frank impression.
    Inside it, there are two halls of big and small with various service rooms related with music. Its outer appearance is that of a simple huge contemporary art. Its inside is, however, a full variety of most advanced modern architecture.
    The reason why I felt like this seems to be its design that deliberately makes such spaces for the function of transferring visitors as the corridor, the staircase and the escalators , etc narrow and going through them, they find themselves in the foyer from where they can look over all the city of Porte, in the rest lobby the walls of which are filled with the famous Azulejos tiles of Portugal, in the rooftop under the pure blue sky and in the spacious rooms that go on one after another.
  • 2005/10/17 | YASUKO

    With my husband who wanted to see Alvaro Siza's architecture, I went to the country at the Western end of Eurasian Continent, Portugal. Frankly speaking, I had no expectation to enlarge my experience with architectural designs through this trip. This lack of expectation, however, allowed me to have a relaxed travel and to have no biased preconceptions. I really felt relaxed there, seeing what we can never expect to see in Tokyo where every building looks similar, such as the one with a really eccentric shape and cafes of art deco style that seem to have had absolutely no change for tens of years. Here in Portugal, such liquors as Porto wine, Champaign are served from with the morning meals. They are, of course, with lunches and dinners, too, which let me drink like a fish all day long for one week of our stay there. I was really happy that I could drink alcohol.
  • 2005/09/28 | YASUKO
    At a design-museum in London that no one interested in designs will fail to visit, an exhibition of the works of Cedric Price who died last summer was being held. Its title was 【Doubt, Delight+Change】. At the entrance was shown a description about him that he was one of the revolutionary and the most modern architects the late 20th Century produced and his way of approaching to architecture and city-planning has greatly influenced over even such presently most active architects as Richard Rodgers, Rem Koolhaas.
  • 2005/04/15 | YASUKO

    Big Dongpa and Mr. Wang
    The Naxi's Dongpa culture, Dongpa letters
    I guess many know the word "Shangri-la", "The place peaches originate" in Japanese. And some say that the area around the city of Lijiang is the very paradise on the earth. It's on the highland of 2500 meters above the sea. Its sky is blue without a cloud, clear air, the water flowing out of Mountain of Jade Dragon Snow called Jade Dragon Stream is completely transparent, flowers bloom and the climate is mild all around a year. People living in such a blessed land are a little shy, calm and gentle. People who visited it must have thought this is the very paradise. And people living in this paradise are the Naxi.
  • 2005/04/05 | YASUKO
    The City of World Heritage, the City of Lijiang

    From March 16 until March 20, seven of us headed by Masayuki Kurokawa, the president of Designtope visited Lijiang, a city registered as a World Heritage in Yunnan of China.
    The person who guided us is Mr. Wang who is quite at home with the culture of the Naxis, the minority people living around the City of Lijiang. Mr. Wang, while he is in charge of PAOSNET Shanghai, working to bridge between product designs of Chinese companies and those of Japanese companies, is also actively working on the studies of various cultures in China, especially their letters. What occupies the major part of his studies with his greatest energy is Dongpa culture and the letters they used.
    We were very happy to have such an excellent guide for our trip though it was a short stay no longer than 3 days.
  • 2004/12/06 | YASUKO
    At the end of November, I visited Shanghai to enjoy Shanghai crab and I was barely able to go and see 2004 Shanghai Biennale on its last day. The place for it was Shanghai Art Museum located in People’s Park in the center of Shanghai City. Shanghai Cultural Museum being proud of its cultural treasures of the 5000-year-history of China is close to this Art Museum. While the building for Shanghai Cultural Museum is super modern one, this Art Museum is a remodeled 4-story old building of English taste. It has a suitable dignity as an art museum in this city with European style buildings and streets of 1920s and 1930s such as those of Bund District and French Settlement.
  • 2004/08/09 | YASUKO

    In the scorching heat in the middle of last July, I visited Shanghai. When the temperature exceeds 35 degrees Celsius,because of the shortage of electricity, the City of Shanghai stops lighting up the Band district, which many of its visitors come to see it. Summer is a kind of unhappy season for such people.
  • 2004/05/12 | YASUKO
    ‘Madmug’ is a play toy that is now being talked about by not only kids but by adults.
    This toy with the use of magnet is produced by Jim World Co. in Korea. The parts making up of it are the two kinds of magnet bars of short and long and metal balls, which are to be combined to form various basic forms. By further combining these basic forms together, you can compose such complicated structures as molecular structures and other complex structures.
  • 2004/05/11 | YASUKO
    A Design Gallery of Matsuya Ginza , ‘ The Exhibition of CONSTRUCTION TOYS selected by 8 creators’ was held for a little less than a month from March 24 to April 19. As I introduced in my previous article, this project was to ask 8 creators being active on the front line of the art & design field of Japan to select one of the four construction toys which are excellent in their functional and design nature and to present new ways of playing with them based on their rich and free ideas and experiences as creators. 

    And the images and the concepts presented by them were completely beyond the conventional ideas about construction toys. Some of them even seemed to have reached what we should call art objects. They all showed us the great possibility of the toys that even adults can enjoy. Here I’d like to introduce them briefly to you.
  • 2004/01/30 | YASUKO
    An artist, graphic designer and the PAOSNET Partner, Zhang Shaojun now being active in Shanghai is holding his one-man exhibition at Gallery ef( in Asakusa. It was around a year ago that I came to know Mr.Zhang. He helped me with various arrangements when I planned a design-tour to China for BUTSUGAKU Research Institute whose activities I am supporting(
    I was introduced to him as the President of PAOSNET but I came to know later that he is a designer who learnt graphic designing at Tama Art University and that he is also a contemporary artist who arranges traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphies.
    Hearing his one-man exhibition was being held, I went to Asakusa busy with its year-ending activities.
  • 2004/01/30 | YASUKO
    The purpose of the trip this time--- the first half of which was to see modern houses in France.   Pierre Chareau's glass house (Paris), Corbusier's house in Pessac (Bordeaux), his mother’s house (Switzerland), Jean Prouve’s a house in Nancy 、Koolhaas’s house in Bordeaux are the examples of the well-known ones. The latter half of the trip was to see Corbusier’s archintectures and to visit Abbaye du Thoronet in Provence , which is said to have given a great influence to many architects. This Cistercian convent built in the 12th. Century is located in the hill which is around 10 minutes’ ride from Le Thoronet、 a village which is around 90 minutes’ ride from the City of Aixcezanne Provence.
  • 2004/01/30 | YASUKO
    Convent of La Tourette (Vicinity of Lyon)

    Its location is around an hour by car from the city of Lyon. Convent of La Tourette, one of Corbusier’s masterpieces is in a rich hilly area, which is in everyone’s images of France. A part of the quarter for resident nuns has been converted into a hotel. The rooms, which were once for resident nuns are simple. A small and simple sink, a couch, a closet and a desk are all there. The shower room and the lavatory are shared by lodgers. It should be called a youth hostel in an architectural masterpiece rather than a hotel.
  • 2004/01/26 | YASUKO
    It's been a recent trend of magazines to feature 'Designers' Hotels'. If you are particular about designs, it's quite natural for you to have the desire of relaxing yourself in the comfortable spaces created by well-known designers. Then, how about staying in the architectures with prestigious fame? For example , Paradors run by Spanish government are the parts of historical architectures such as Alhambra Palace transformed into hotels , where you can stay for reasonable rates.
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