Paris, Kyoto: Kohei Nawa
In this special episode shot in Kyoto, the Japanese sculptor, Kohei Nawa, invites us to his workshop Sandwich, to tell about his monumental work Throne currently displayed under the Pyramid of the Musée du Louvre in Paris (as part of ‘Japonismes 2018’). Born in 1975 in Osaka, Nawa studied sculpture at Kyoto University of Art and Design and Royal College of Art in London. The artist seeks a new dimension of perception, combining the use of various materials such as prisms, polyurethane and silicone oil with cutting-edge techniques including 3D scans and manipulations on computer. Arguably, one of the best-known series is PixCell, in which he covers found objects such as a taxidermied deer with a complex layer of glass beads. This unique approach is associated with the concept of the ‘cell’ that the whole world is made up of cellular structures. A collection of rubble-like objects rising, Throne was first showcased in 2011, when Nawa held his solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo three months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Exploring the key ideas behind the work, the artist reflects on a relation between Paris and Kyoto and how these cities inspire his creations.
©Nobutada OMOTE / SANDWICH
Chiharu Shiota, Red Threads of the Soul
Last year, more than 660,000 people visited the retrospective 'Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles' exhibit at the Mori Art Museum.
LOVE2 HOUSE, Achieving Rich Living in Small Houses
After living in Tokyo for 10 years and relocating his office to Tokyo, architect Hosaka planned his second home, LOVE2 HOUSE.
A Japanese Escapade in the Heart of the Bay of the Somme
The 'Bruit de l'eau( ecolodge lets guests discover the Japanese culture and art of living, free from jetlag and in the heart of nature.
Sumographie, a Journey to the Land of Sumo Wrestlers
Very few people are authorised to enter the training rooms of sumo wrestlers, but David Prudhomme was lucky enough to have the opportunity.
A House Uniting Modernity with Okinawan Nature and Tradition
Atop a small hill in Nanjo City, Okinawa, there sits a large house with a concrete roof. It is the home-cum-office of Toshiyuki Igarashi.