Japanese design

TT Architects Transform a Former Coffee-Roasting House in Japan into a Creative Office

TT Architects Transform a Former Coffee-Roasting House in Japan into a Creative Office

The former coffee-roasting building in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has been entirely remodeled within the original shell of the structure. With a variety of spaces such as individual desks and open

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Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2

Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2

Though we all love fresh air, it's sometimes hard to find time to stop and breathe while running the daily rat race - and being confined to closed concrete office spaces doesn't help! Nendo has designed a

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

The Inside-Out House measures 980 square feet divided into two levels and a terrace, and it welcomes all types of living creatures. Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a big entrance door creates a

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Ryosuke Fukusada Unveils Glowing Wooden Light Bulb

Ryosuke Fukusada Unveils Glowing Wooden Light Bulb

Mixing traditional Japanese woodworking techniques with modern design, Ryosuke Fukusada has created a functional wooden light bulb! The unusual design was made using a technique called Rokuro, and it

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Koloro is a Cute Multifunctional Desk by Torafu Architects

Koloro is a Cute Multifunctional Desk by Torafu Architects

The super cute Kororodesuku (Koloro desk) and Koloro stool are two brilliant multifunctional furnishings designed by Tokyo-based Torafu Architects. The brightly colored desk has various windows to let

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Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Thinking beyond creating something flashy or fashionable, Japanese designer Hikaru Imamura designed the Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery; an emergency kit packed with essentials for earthquake

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Tokyo Zoo Project Maps Gigantic Animals in Tokyo Using Bike Lanes

Tokyo Zoo Project Maps Gigantic Animals in Tokyo Using Bike Lanes

Claiming to be “the world’s largest zoo”, the Tokyo Zoo Project offers a wild new way to cycle around the Japanese capital. The idea is that people request — through Twitter

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Yukihiro Kaneuchi Creates Elegant Vases Using Sand From the Beach

Yukihiro Kaneuchi Creates Elegant Vases Using Sand From the Beach

Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi recently unveiled a series of sculptural vases made from local sand. Dubbed Sand Vases, the four flower-container designs consist of a mix of crystals, renewable cork

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6 Amazing Origami Designs!

6 Amazing Origami Designs!

Anja Markiewicz's Amazingly Tiny Origami German artist Anja Markiewicz makes tiny origami figures from pieces of paper that are less than an inch long. Using a toothpick, her skilled hands and a load

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Miso’s XShelf is a Simple Stackable Bookcase

Miso’s XShelf is a Simple Stackable Bookcase

Simplicity is a must in Japanese design, and Kyoto-based Miso is taking the concept to the next level. Using neither glue nor screws this handy X-shaped bookshelf can be assembled horizontally or

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Miso Designs Beautiful Origami Tables for Kyoto’s Shofudo Paper Store

Miso Designs Beautiful Origami Tables for Kyoto’s Shofudo Paper Store

When interiors company Miso was commissioned to design the table displays for a traditional Japanese paper store, there was no doubt about the material selection. Designed to be collapsible,

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Takayuki Hori’s Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

Takayuki Hori’s Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

From solar cell origami lamps to cute nano-origami animals, we can't get enough of the Japanese art of folding paper. The newest origami creations to catch our eye are Takayuki Hori's beautiful folded

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Elegant No-Glue, No-Screw Kile Furniture by Yukari Hotta

Elegant No-Glue, No-Screw Kile Furniture by Yukari Hotta

Stay away from complicated assembly instructions, messy adhesives, and tools with this straightforward and easy-to-build furniture system that requires neither screws nor glue. Born in Japan and based in

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Nendo Unveils Collection of Sculptural Objects Made From Japanese Farming Nets

Nendo Unveils Collection of Sculptural Objects Made From Japanese Farming Nets

Tokyo-based Nendo has a lovely new collection of sculptural objects made from farming-net, an agricultural mesh ordinarily placed around fruit and vegetables to protect them from harm by wind and animals.

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Sustainable Products at Tokyo Design Week Bring Aid to Regions Affected By the Earthquake

Sustainable Products at Tokyo Design Week Bring Aid to Regions Affected By the Earthquake

The well-crafted space where Tohoku for the Future presented the products developed in the region. The invited visitors to walk around and discover these collaborations between artisans and designers.

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PROP is an Elegantly Simple No Glue No Screw Shelf

PROP is an Elegantly Simple No Glue No Screw Shelf

Simple and elegant, the PROP Shelf is a minimalist piece of furniture made with neither glue nor screws. Masterminded by Japanese designer Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, it consists of just three standard pieces: two

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25,000 Chopsticks Create Stunning Wooden Clouds Inside LA’s Tsujita Restaurant

25,000 Chopsticks Create Stunning Wooden Clouds Inside LA’s Tsujita Restaurant

Architect Takeshi Sano sought to create a beautiful and mysterious atmosphere influenced by traditional Japanese design. To do this he integrated an incredible ceiling art piece with the restaurant's

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Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

The building has no halls and no walls. Rooms are divided by arches and the various classrooms - which branch off from the center - are color-coordinated to help students find their way. Philosophically,

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Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

For more than 130 years, Kaikado has been producing hand-made Japanese tea caddies designed to last for generations. Last week we visited Kaikado’s shop in Kyoto, where Takahiro Yagi, the 6th generation

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Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

About 10 years ago, with the demand for traditional Japanese umbrella decreasing dramatically, Kotaro decided to get involved in his wife’s family business in order to help it survive. He took a deep

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Ephemeral Origami Tea Set by Yuya Ushida Reminds Us To Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures

Ephemeral Origami Tea Set by Yuya Ushida Reminds Us To Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures

While the reused paper’s own graphics add a unique aesthetic value to every piece, the fact that they are made to be only just once, remind us to slowly enjoy one of life's simple pleasures: drinking

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Wasara: Compostable Japanese Tableware is Ephemeral and Beautiful

Wasara: Compostable Japanese Tableware is Ephemeral and Beautiful

Give your next afternoon tea party or picnic at the park an elegant Japanese twist with Wasara's biodegradable tableware. Designed to be fully compostable, the line eliminates the need to wash up after

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Store Muu’s ‘Cycle In’ Desk Transforms Your Bike Into a Chair

Store Muu’s ‘Cycle In’ Desk Transforms Your Bike Into a Chair

We're big bike fans here at Inhabitat, and we're always on the lookout for great designs that seamlessly integrate our favorite form of transport into our lifestyles. Now we've spotted one more inspiring

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Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Japanese designer Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” is a provocative and interesting art piece as well as an eye-opening lesson in waste management. Each Short by Short artwork is an unfinished

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Customizable Paper Tube Eco-Furniture Grows with Your Child!

Customizable Paper Tube Eco-Furniture Grows with Your Child!

Kids grow like weeds and it seems like they get too big for their desks and chairs in just a blink of the eye! That’s why we are grateful that Japanese furniture designers, Sankei Co., unveiled their

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Levent & Romme’s Elegant Laser-Cut Paper Lamps

Levent & Romme’s Elegant Laser-Cut Paper Lamps

These wonderful patterned paper lamps from Brooklyn–based Levent & Romme really caught our eye at this year's BKLYN Designs show. Realized first as pen and ink illustrations, the patterns are

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Crystal Furniture Grown by Tokujin Yoshioka

Crystal Furniture Grown by Tokujin Yoshioka

It is debatable whether Tokujin Yoshioka’s conceptual furniture is defining or defying nature, but there is no doubt that his crystal furniture will leave you awestruck. As part of his “Second

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