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our profession is based on the notion of secrecy

a (small) splash of color

Some noticeable tendencies found in contemporary Japanese houses:
1. very small
2. an interior with stark white walls or fair-faced concrete
3. using single letter in naming a project like “house h” or “k residence”

I don’t think 1 is ever going to change in Japan. The reason for that is obvious, no?

Then how about 2? I think white, gray and black have a fatal attraction for the Japanese, and Continue Reading

Jeff Koons Versailles

The major retrospective on Jeff Koons, the star of the ’80s Neo-Geo movement, opened at the Château de Versailles a few weeks ago. The exhibition runs until December 14, 2008.

If you are visiting Paris this year, don’t be lazy, go to Versailles first. Viewing a great American artist’s work in an environment with an incomparably rich history could be your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kenzopower by Kenya Hara

Although most Japanese don’t care about fragrances, last end of July, there was an event to announce the launch of Kenzopower at the former Tomyoji Temple in my hometown Naka Ward, Yokohama. Kenya Hara, one of the most prominent creative minds (and my favorite packaging designer) in Japan, worked on the packaging of this new Kenzo fragrance. Continue Reading