The Butterfly Stool: When Two Worlds Meet
Created in 1956 by Sori Yanagi, an emblematic figure in Japanese industrial design, the stool is made from two identical curved pieces. In it, you can see the specific characteristics of Japanese art: it’s refined, simple and unembellished. The shape of the stool also recalls Japanese ideograms.
However, this stool and the techniques used to make it are actually closer to western aesthetics and culture. Firstly, Japanese people weren’t accustomed to sitting on high chairs at the time when it was created, and secondly, the technique used, that of moulded plywood, was popular with western designers. Yanagi was heavily influenced by artists like the French creator Charlotte Perriand, of whom he was a close friend. It’s a happy marriage of craftsmanship and modernity.
The Four Leaves Villa, The House That Mirrors Nature
Located in the heart of the Karuizawa forest in Japan, the Four Leaves Villa, designed by architecture studio Kias, blends into the landscape.
Masayo Fukuda’s Subtle and Delicate Art of Paper-Cutting
An octopus cut from a single piece of white paper. This fascinating work was one of the greatest successes of 2018 for its creator, Masayo Fukuda.
Japan is Giving Away Free Houses
The Japanese population is shrinking in the face of an ageing populace. In order to repopulate the numerous empty houses Japan is offering them up for free.
The Vision of Toshiyuki Inoko, a Founder of teamLab
What exactly is teamLab, known as an art collective? To find out, we interviewed its founder and chief representative, Toshiyuki Inoko.
Japanese Art: a Major Influence on the Work of Monet
Claude Monet, the figurehead of the impressionist movement, was strongly influenced by Japanese art and was an admirer of the work of Hokusai.