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.
'Colours of Japan', the Photo Exhibition Presenting Japan in all its Glory
From 8th October 2018 until 19th January 2019, the Maison de Thé is hosting the photo exhibition Colours of Japan, put together by photographer Hidenobu Suzuki.
Encounter Contemporary Art on the Streets of Okayama Whilst Enjoying the History and Culture of the City
Starting on Monday 3 November 2018, a contemporary art project known as A&C (short for ‘Art & City’) is being held for a one-year period in Okayama City.
The mysterious first images of a short film, shot in Tokyo with Eric Wareheim (Master of None)
Pen Films is pleased to present the first images of its short fiction film, shot in Tokyo by Jean-Baptiste Braud.
AD DESIGNTakeda’s New Headquarters: In Pursuit of Tradition and Innovation
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, one of Japan’s leading and most long-established companies, active in 70 countries and regions, recently opened its new Global Headquarters in Tokyo.
Liam Wong: Capturing Tokyo's Electric Nights
When Liam Wong, Art Director at Ubisoft, went to Tokyo on business, it was love at first sight.