May 24th, 2012 — 11:55am
The inaugural Tokyo Hotaru festival was held at the beginning of May, and kicking off the festivities was the installation and display of 100,000 LED lights – made to resemble hotaru (fireflies) – that floated down the Sumida River through central Tokyo. Taken in various locations around Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan between 2008-2011 Tsuneaki Hiramatsu captured this wild frenzy of gold fireflies, as they mate after thunderstorms, that formed the very concept behind the installation. Dubbed “prayer stars,” the LEDs were provided by Panasonic, who claims that the balls, which were designed to light up upon contact with water, were 100% powered by solar energy. After illuminating a large stretch of the river, which also hosts a popular fireworks festival in the summer, the LEDs were all caught in a large net……….I wanna know where they all are now ???? I hope not just collecting dust at the back of some Tokyo street café. I need to fulfill this dream of mine and get to Tokyo.
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March 22nd, 2012 — 4:11pm
This is one of my most admired Japanese Architects / Interior Architects. Keiji is blessed with that radical ‘Japanese design button’ !!!! So simple and clean……very different to the work im doing at the moment. This is a little selection of some of his ‘refurb’ work that he has done for a few warehouse flats in the center of Tokyo. I love looking at projects of this scale, as its stripped of all the archi ego and you can almost treat it like a piece of jewelry. To many times Architects / Designers wont want to take on projects like these as they feel its a waste of time…….its this very scale of project, i believe, that defines a Architect. Have a look see at the rest of his portfolio of objects, buildings and spaces………its outstanding !
+ t.a.k.e m.e t.o t.o.k.y.o +
All these images are screen garbs made by me from the following website: http://www.keijidesign.com/
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July 6th, 2011 — 2:11pm
  
::::ROYAL COLLEGE GRADUATES MARK DYTHAM AND ASTRID KLEIN, AKA KLEIN DYTHAM ARCHITECTS, ARE NOW AN AWARD WINNING MULTI-DISCIPLINARY DESIGN PRACTISE MAKING A SERIOUS MARK, BASED ON ABSOLUTLE RAW TALENT. TOKYO – JAPAN – BEING THEIR PORT OF CALL, KDa CAN BE FOUND TURNING RESIDENTIAL SPLENDOUR INTO SCULPTURAL MASTERPIECES::::
:::: + THIS BUILDING – HEIDI HOUSE – IS ONE OF MANY OUTSTANDING PROJECTS AND EXTENSIVE BODY OF WORK, KLEIN DYTHAM HAVE PRODUCED SINCE THEIR ESTABLISHMENT IN THE DAWN OF THE 90′S + ::::
+HEIDI HOUSE IS A LOW COST STUDIO AND OFFICE SPACE DESIGNED USING A SIMPLE TIMBER FRAME CONSTRUCTION AND LINED INERTIALLY WITH PLYWOOD + THE INTERNAL PLYWOOD SKIN IS PAINTED WHITE WITH A LASER CUT DECORATIVE VIEW FINDER ++++ IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL ++++
*^ THEIR PLAY WITH LAYERS OF LIGHT, MATERIALS AND TRANSPARENCY IS A PARTICULAR TRADEMARK OF THEIR’S, WHICH IS EXECUTED WITH CLASS, THROUGHOUT A NUMBER OF THEIR PROJECTS ^*
+ MORE IMPORTANTLY KDa HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO: ‘ THE DESIGN INDABA ‘ BASED IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – HOME ! – HENCE MY ADMIRATION SINKS DEEPER +
^^^ :::::::::: TOKYO+ME+KDa+A DREAM :::::::::: ^^^
  
REF TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.klein-dytham.com/
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June 2nd, 2009 — 5:02pm
Quoted from:- http://dornob.com/creative-industrial-design-literalist-product-packaging/
With the color, look, feel and touch of real fruit skin these creative juice boxes by Naoto Fukasawa not only more closely reflect what is being marketed but also provide a more-than-just-visual sense experience – extending beyond normal industrial design parameters
Naoto Fukasawa (深澤 直人) is a Japanese industrial designer, born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1956. He graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. After having acted as the head of the American company IDEO‘s Tokyo office, he established Naoto Fukasawa Design in 2003. Representative works include MUJI’S CD player (part of the permanent collection, MoMA New York ), the mobile phones “Infobar” and “neon” and the ±0 brand of household electrical appliances and sundries. In recent years, he has released a host of new works with Italian companies B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese and Boffi, as well as in Germany and Northern Europe, and they have garnered a great deal of attention. In the past, he has won over fifty awards, including the American IDEA Gold Award, the German if Gold Award, the British D&AD Gold Award, the Mainichi Design Award and the 5th Oribe Award.
Fukasawa is a professor at Musashino Art University and a visiting lecturer at Tama Art University. He has authored such books as An Outline of Design (TOTO) and co-authored others such as The Ecological Approach to Design (Tokyo Shoseki).
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