Japanese design

Giant Fruit-Shaped Bus Stops Line Streets in Japan

Giant Fruit-Shaped Bus Stops Line Streets in Japan

The 16 quirky bus stops are located in Konagai, Japan (part of Isahaya City in Nagasaki) and were originally constructed for the 1990 Travel Expo. In order to attract arriving visitors, the stands have

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Itsy Bitsy Bonsai Plants Grow in Adorable Thimble-sized Ceramic Pots

Itsy Bitsy Bonsai Plants Grow in Adorable Thimble-sized Ceramic Pots

Especially popular with those lacking the space for a larger sized bonsai, the mini Bonsai versions are perfect for just about any location. Related: Amazing Bonsai Castles Although some of the

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Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect compliment to your

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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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Yojiro Oshima’s Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made Almost Entirely From Wood

Yojiro Oshima’s Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made Almost Entirely From Wood

This amazing wooden bicycle was completely hand-crafted by Yojiro Oshima, a design student at the Craft&Industrial Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. The wooden bike features a

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Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

The tiny Window House sits on a small plot that is just 10 by 26 feet along the water’s edge at Sagamo Bay. Yoshimura designed the home so that when the owner is not there during the week, the gorgeous

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Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Create a Snug and Playful Pod-Shaped Home

Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Create a Snug and Playful Pod-Shaped Home

Designed for a family of three, the small home by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects maintains strong connections and sight lines with its surroundings. Natural light streams into large windows and skylights

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Tato Architects’ Tiny, Modern House in Ishikiri Fits in With Historic Japanese Neighborhood

Tato Architects’ Tiny, Modern House in Ishikiri Fits in With Historic Japanese Neighborhood

The architects were concerned that since the site was about 11 feet above the road, the house would look larger than its actual size. So it is designed with setback volumes floating over open and

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Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi has once again shown us that greenhouses are more than just homes for plants and veggies. To demonstrate how humans can also benefit from spending time in these large

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Japanese Peach Garden Home Blends Tradition With Modern Development

Japanese Peach Garden Home Blends Tradition With Modern Development

The courtyard sitting at the end of a narrow entrance from the roadside is an important pacifying element of the house. It creates a clear transition between the busy outside world and the tranquil

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Koya No Sumika House Adds a Peaked Plywood Extension for Minimal Living

Koya No Sumika House Adds a Peaked Plywood Extension for Minimal Living

The original house is typical of the Japanese countryside, a simplistic one story structure with emphasis on common areas. The architects designed the ground floor extension to be nestled next to the main

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Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Since the House in Chiharada was built very close to an existing residence, the designers chose a pure white cylindrical shape to contrast with the existing building's traditional rectilinear form. The

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Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Made from a sturdy steel structure, this Hiroshima home is completely covered in polycarbonate, a long-lasting, high impact-resistance material. Thanks to its translucent qualities, the large volume

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PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

If asked where this very unique home was located, New York City probably wouldn't be your guess - but that's exactly where it is! The curious Japanese/Victorian mash-up house can be found in the Park

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Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Design Office uses efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions that give existing structures a brand new purpose. One example is The House in Yoro, an open Japanese family home in a

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Shigeru Ban Wins “Cité Musicale” Design Competition

Shigeru Ban Wins “Cité Musicale” Design Competition

Japanese master architect Shigeru Ban has won an international design competition to erect "Cité Musicale," a new mixed-use cultural center slated for Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

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Daisen Residency: A Cluster of White Rooms Tucked Away in a Dense Japanese Forest

Daisen Residency: A Cluster of White Rooms Tucked Away in a Dense Japanese Forest

Virtually none of the cherry and pine trees on the site were disturbed in the construction of this gorgeous Japanese home. But that took some doing. The design team had to structure each block of the

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the

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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

We are familiar with UID Architects’ work as we previously featured the firm's gorgeous Pit House in Okayama, Japan. Similar to the Pit House, the Nest House features big open spaces that flow into

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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Cube 6: Naho Matsuno’s Clever Wood Cube Transforms Into Six Individual Stools

Cube 6: Naho Matsuno’s Clever Wood Cube Transforms Into Six Individual Stools

Spotted at Dezeen, Cube 6 is an innovative piece of space-saving furniture that transforms from a cube-shaped stool into 6 distinct benches or tables. Designer Naho Matsuno used a system of rails to allow

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Concerned to eliminate the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors, Nichetto designed a home that has plants everywhere: on shelves, in the bathroom, on the walls and there is even a small

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing

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Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

It was very important to maintain a sense of privacy despite the home's location amid the din of central Tokyo. This is achieved with a near solid cladding illuminated thanks to windows on the south side.

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Konica Minolta’s Symfos Low-Energy LED Lamp Wirelessly Charges your Smartphone

Konica Minolta’s Symfos Low-Energy LED Lamp Wirelessly Charges your Smartphone

Konica Minolta's new Symfos LED Tasklight features a built-in pad that can wirelessly charge your mobile phone! The new lamp shows how everyday products can be transformed into brilliant multi-use

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Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Earlier this month at Designtide Tokyo, local studio Nendo debuted Bottleware: a collection of beautifully crafted dishware that gives new life to recycled glass Coca-Cola bottles. The green-tinted

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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