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The Japanese artist @takashipom is known for his bold use of color, cartoonish characters and fashion collaborations. Seamlessly moving between the worlds of fine art, pop culture, fashion and music, he produces work ranging from paintings and sculptures to album covers and merchandise. Takashi coined the term “Superflat,” a theory about how the history of imagery in Japan and the country’s socio-cultural structure relate to contemporary art and culture. We met the artist at Bar Zingaro, home to one of his 3D works: the smiling Flower Burger. These days, Takashi and his team are working on a sci-fi movie, which will be released in about 3 years. Watch our story to see #3QuestionsWith Takashi Murakami.
📸: @kentarotakahashi13
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#barzingaro #kaikaikiki #takashimurakami #takashipom #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #takashi #murakami #tokyo #tokyoart #superflat #flowerburger.

The Japanese artist @takashipom is known for his bold use of color, cartoonish characters and fashion collaborations. Seamlessly moving between the worlds of fine art, pop culture, fashion and music, he produces work ranging from paintings and sculptures to album covers and merchandise. Takashi coined the term “Superflat,” a theory about how the history of imagery in Japan and the country’s socio-cultural structure relate to contemporary art and culture. We met the artist at Bar Zingaro, home to one of his 3D works: the smiling Flower Burger. These days, Takashi and his team are working on a sci-fi movie, which will be released in about 3 years. Watch our story to see #3QuestionsWith Takashi Murakami. 📸: @kentarotakahashi 13 . . . #barzingaro #kaikaikiki #takashimurakami #takashipom #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #takashi #murakami #tokyo #tokyoart #superflat #flowerburger ...

#sundayshelfie 📚 This public library in Stuttgart, Germany, completed in 2011, was designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi to serve as the city’s new intellectual and cultural center. The building opens from all four sides into a central space called the “Heart,” and the terrace at the top features a viewing platform that offers panoramic views of Stuttgart. The photographer, Asunción Marquez, was captivated by the “eternal shelves full of books of all kinds” that line the outer walls of each floor. 📸 @phmarquezasun 
On Sundays, we share your #shelfies from around the world. Share your own photos with the hashtag #sundayshelfie.
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#stuttgart #stadtbibliothekstuttgart #stuttgartlibrary #yiarchitects #eunyoungyi #modernarchitecture #shelfie #librariesofinstagram #bookstagram #publiclibrary.

#sundayshelfie 📚 This public library in Stuttgart, Germany, completed in 2011, was designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi to serve as the city’s new intellectual and cultural center. The building opens from all four sides into a central space called the “Heart,” and the terrace at the top features a viewing platform that offers panoramic views of Stuttgart. The photographer, Asunción Marquez, was captivated by the “eternal shelves full of books of all kinds” that line the outer walls of each floor. 📸 @phmarquezasun On Sundays, we share your #shelfies from around the world. Share your own photos with the hashtag #sundayshelfie . . . . #stuttgart #stadtbibliothekstuttgart #stuttgartlibrary #yiarchitects #eunyoungyi #modernarchitecture #shelfie #librariesofinstagram #bookstagram #publiclibrary ...

@tokujinyoshioka first visited this viewpoint at Shōrenin Temple in Kyoto in 5 years ago. “You can actually view all of Kyoto from the stage, but that day it was snowy and it was all white,” he recalled. He felt something spiritual in the air. He’d been thinking about designing something that blended Japanese tradition with modernity, and it felt like the perfect setting. The glass tea house that resulted, “Kou-an,” spent 2 years in Kyoto before moving to the Saga Prefectural Art Museum, then @thenationalartcentertokyo. “We’re always thinking about where to move it next,” said Tokujin, who himself moved to Tokyo from Saga at 18. An industrial designer, artist and architect, he works out of a renovated 19th-century rice warehouse. Recently, Tokujin designed the torch that will open the @tokyo2020 Olympic Games. For him, it was a dream project. But his job, as he puts it, is to give shape to other people’s hopes and dreams. “It could be something functional, but it could also be something that touches people’s feelings,

@tokujinyoshioka first visited this viewpoint at Shōrenin Temple in Kyoto in 5 years ago. “You can actually view all of Kyoto from the stage, but that day it was snowy and it was all white,” he recalled. He felt something spiritual in the air. He’d been thinking about designing something that blended Japanese tradition with modernity, and it felt like the perfect setting. The glass tea house that resulted, “Kou-an,” spent 2 years in Kyoto before moving to the Saga Prefectural Art Museum, then @thenationalartcentertokyo. “We’re always thinking about where to move it next,” said Tokujin, who himself moved to Tokyo from Saga at 18. An industrial designer, artist and architect, he works out of a renovated 19th-century rice warehouse. Recently, Tokujin designed the torch that will open the @tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. For him, it was a dream project. But his job, as he puts it, is to give shape to other people’s hopes and dreams. “It could be something functional, but it could also be something that touches people’s feelings," he said. “Something that would remain in people’s hearts.” Watch our story to see #5QuestionsWith @tokujinyoshioka. . . . #tokujinyoshioka #glassteahouse #glasshouse #glassdesign #kyoto #japanesedesign #japanesearchitecture #architecture #建物 #建築 #近代建築 #建築デザイン #建築探訪 ...

play_circle_filled #DesignForAll 🚲 Where do you park your bike? In Japan, many cyclists use ECO Cycle, a bicycle parking system that lives underground. Before ECO Cycle launched in 1998, abandoned and improperly-parked bikes would disrupt central areas, where space was already at a premium. Today, Japan has 54 of these devices, each of which can hold 200 bikes. Giken, which manufactures construction machinery, designed the parking system to help create “a landscape free for living” in urban spaces, their team told us. In this way, ECO Cycle addresses both aesthetic and efficiency. As cities continue to grow, infrastructure will need to match. ECO Cycle, designed with the concept of “culture aboveground and function underground” in mind, offers a solution for cities short on space. 📸: Ko Sasaki; 🎥: Giken
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#giken #ecocycle #tokyo #transportation #transportationdesign #urbandesign #sustainabledesign #bicycles #industrialdesign #spacedesign.

#DesignForAll 🚲 Where do you park your bike? In Japan, many cyclists use ECO Cycle, a bicycle parking system that lives underground. Before ECO Cycle launched in 1998, abandoned and improperly-parked bikes would disrupt central areas, where space was already at a premium. Today, Japan has 54 of these devices, each of which can hold 200 bikes. Giken, which manufactures construction machinery, designed the parking system to help create “a landscape free for living” in urban spaces, their team told us. In this way, ECO Cycle addresses both aesthetic and efficiency. As cities continue to grow, infrastructure will need to match. ECO Cycle, designed with the concept of “culture aboveground and function underground” in mind, offers a solution for cities short on space. 📸: Ko Sasaki; 🎥: Giken . . . #giken #ecocycle #tokyo #transportation #transportationdesign #urbandesign #sustainabledesign #bicycles #industrialdesign #spacedesign ...

#dogsofdesign 🐾 What makes this space feel cozier: the floating fireplace or Bernie? @kaylaroccaphoto was on a @superkularchitecture shoot in Ontario when she captured this shot of Bernie, a double doodle. Kayla, a photographer based in Toronto, said that Bernie “added a narrative to the image that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.” Beyond that, “he also matched quite well with the colors of the space.” 🐶
Share photos of your own fur-iends in beautiful spaces with the hashtag #dogsofdesign.
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#dogsofinstagram #weeklyfluff #suspendedfireplace #superkularchitecture #ontario #farmdesign #interiordesign #worldofinteriors #dogsindecor #dogstagram #pupstagram.

#dogsofdesign 🐾 What makes this space feel cozier: the floating fireplace or Bernie? @kaylaroccaphoto was on a @superkularchitecture shoot in Ontario when she captured this shot of Bernie, a double doodle. Kayla, a photographer based in Toronto, said that Bernie “added a narrative to the image that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.” Beyond that, “he also matched quite well with the colors of the space.” 🐶 Share photos of your own fur-iends in beautiful spaces with the hashtag #dogsofdesign . . . . #dogsofinstagram #weeklyfluff #suspendedfireplace #superkularchitecture #ontario #farmdesign #interiordesign #worldofinteriors #dogsindecor #dogstagram #pupstagram ...

play_circle_filled @watara_ikebana, an ikebana designer near Tokyo, created a “performance-based” arrangement for @design. His starting point: the woods near his house. 🎥: @bedfordfukada
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#ikebana #floraldesign #flowerarrangement #underthefloralspell #ikebanaflowers #floralart #meditation #kamakura.

@watara_ikebana , an ikebana designer near Tokyo, created a “performance-based” arrangement for @design. His starting point: the woods near his house. 🎥: @bedfordfukada . . . #ikebana #floraldesign #flowerarrangement #underthefloralspell #ikebanaflowers #floralart #meditation #kamakura ...

When @yoon_ambush and @verbal_ambush started designing experimental jewelry, they had no formal training. By 2008, they’d founded @ambush_official — and in the years since, the unisex label has grown exponentially, with pop-culture-inspired accessories (like paperclip earrings and lighter case necklaces) and apparel. Among AMBUSH’s many collaborations: @gentlemonster, @sacaiofficial and @nikesportswear — and the list keeps growing. “There’s a huge bucket list of people I want to collaborate with,” Yoon told us during a visit to the AMBUSH Workshop in Tokyo. Her biggest challenge? Time. Yoon became jewelry director for Dior Homme last year, and debuted her first collection during the Paris runway shows in June 2018. As a designer, she said she finds inspiration in people, books and music. “It takes me to a different headspace.” Watch our Story to see #5QuestionsWith @yoon_ambush. 
Here, the AMBUSH Workshop, which was designed by @masamichi_katayama. 📸: Ko Sasaki
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#yoonahn #ambush #yoonambush #shibuya #tokyo #fashiondesign #jewelrydesign #jewelry #interiordesign #wonderwall #fashion #streetwear #shibuyatokyo #streetfashion.

When @yoon_ambush and @verbal_ambush started designing experimental jewelry, they had no formal training. By 2008, they’d founded @ambush_official — and in the years since, the unisex label has grown exponentially, with pop-culture-inspired accessories (like paperclip earrings and lighter case necklaces) and apparel. Among AMBUSH’s many collaborations: @gentlemonster , @sacaiofficial and @nikesportswear — and the list keeps growing. “There’s a huge bucket list of people I want to collaborate with,” Yoon told us during a visit to the AMBUSH Workshop in Tokyo. Her biggest challenge? Time. Yoon became jewelry director for Dior Homme last year, and debuted her first collection during the Paris runway shows in June 2018. As a designer, she said she finds inspiration in people, books and music. “It takes me to a different headspace.” Watch our Story to see #5QuestionsWith @yoon_ambush. Here, the AMBUSH Workshop, which was designed by @masamichi_katayama. 📸: Ko Sasaki . . . #yoonahn #ambush #yoonambush #shibuya #tokyo #fashiondesign #jewelrydesign #jewelry #interiordesign #wonderwall #fashion #streetwear #shibuyatokyo #streetfashion ...

play_circle_filled “I want to express the vitality and strength of nature,

“I want to express the vitality and strength of nature," said @arko_straw , who creates intricate wall hangings made with rice straw. Asako Sato, who goes by Arko, trained as a graphic designer but realized that she wanted to work in a more tactile way. Today, she works exclusively with rice straw, which was once used extensively in Japan. “It’s a byproduct of making rice, and so historically we’ve used it in everyday tools or clothing,” Arko explained. Its primary use today: #注連縄, a sacred, woven rope used in New Year decorations. 🌾 Arko sources rice straw from farms not far from Tokyo. To make her work stand out, she uses vertical stitches. When she begins a new project, she clears her mind. “I try to incorporate the coincidences or unexpected angles that come up,” she said. She pours emotions into her work and it shows, she said. “I try to maintain a strong feeling." . . . #strawdesign #arkostraw #asakosato #timelapse #japanesedesign #handmade #handmademovement #craft #process #craftsfeed ...

#theworldneedsmorespiralstaircases 🌀 This fire escape in Marseille, France, transforms a functional structure into a sculptural one. Its spiraling concrete staircase—on the side of Le Brasilia, a housing unit designed by the architect Fernand Boukobza and named for the capital of Brazil—creates the impression of an endless column. Impressed by the complexity of the design, the architectural photographer Michal Dec took this photo of what he believes is “one of the most beautiful brutalist buildings in the word.” 📸: @dec_michal

On Sundays, we share your photos of staircases around the world.
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#staircasedesign #spiralstaircase #spiral #stairwalkers #fireescape #architectural #architecture #architecturaldetail #marseille #brutalism #brutal_architecture #fernandboukobza #betonbrut.

#theworldneedsmorespiralstaircases 🌀 This fire escape in Marseille, France, transforms a functional structure into a sculptural one. Its spiraling concrete staircase—on the side of Le Brasilia, a housing unit designed by the architect Fernand Boukobza and named for the capital of Brazil—creates the impression of an endless column. Impressed by the complexity of the design, the architectural photographer Michal Dec took this photo of what he believes is “one of the most beautiful brutalist buildings in the word.” 📸: @dec_michal On Sundays, we share your photos of staircases around the world. . . . #staircasedesign #spiralstaircase #spiral #stairwalkers #fireescape #architectural #architecture #architecturaldetail #marseille #brutalism #brutal_architecture #fernandboukobza #betonbrut ...

“I love going to the antique market,” said @minamiikeya. “A lot of my work is based on older objects.” Minami, a glassware designer in Tokyo, visits the city’s flea markets regularly, and her apartment — where she works out of a small home studio — is decorated with antique glass.

“I love going to the antique market,” said @minamiikeya. “A lot of my work is based on older objects.” Minami, a glassware designer in Tokyo, visits the city’s flea markets regularly, and her apartment — where she works out of a small home studio — is decorated with antique glass. "A lot of people have an impression that glass is expensive or fragile," she said. Her goal: to make glassware accessible. Minami looks to the seasons when using color in her work. To give the glass texture, she places linen and hemp onto her plaster molds. In school, where she studied interior design and product design, she discovered how much she liked working with her hands. Although she always starts by using clay or cutting paper to sketch out her forms, her work is very much about trial and error. "I don’t know a lot of things until I try it with the glass," she said. "Sometimes I can get the right design with the first attempt, and other times I’ll have to try many times." 📸: @yasuyukitakagi 1124 . . . #東京 #minamiikeya #glassware #glassdesign #glasswork #coloredglass #homedecor #kitchenware #glass #spoon #craft #flatware #tablesetting #antiqueglass ...

“Humans love unexpected events. Adventures. Discoveries. A bike is a perfect tool to encounter something unexpected,” said Ichiro Kanai. “We call it freedom.” 🚴 As the founder of @tokyobike_jp, Ichiro believes that a bicycle is a tool to help you enjoy a city. He sees himself not as a bicycle designer, but as a lifestyle designer who creates experiences through urban cycling. “In the bike industry, they know bikes,” he said. “We know the people who ride the bikes.” Ichiro founded tokyobike in 2002, when urban bike share programs were uncommon. “There are no mountains and people are not racing in a city like this,” he recalled thinking. “There’s no bike for Tokyo.” He wanted a nimble bicycle that would help him enjoy the city — and maybe help change city life. tokyobike bicycles are designed to work well in small living spaces and on public transportation, and to speed up and slow down quickly in traffic. And, of course, they’re meant to look good on a wall. 🚲 Now, tokyobike is renting bicycles through @tokyobikerentals and working with hotels worldwide to develop bicycle-hire programs. One day, Ichiro said, he'd like to work on a full hotel concept. “One of the biggest adventures of childhood is learning to ride a bike. Their environment is limited, but with a bike it gets so much bigger. The discovery starts there. We believe that a bike can bring you back to your childhood.”
📸: Ko Sasaki
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#tokyobike #東京 #世界のtokyobike #minimaldesign #cyclinglife #designbikes #bikedesign #bicycle #cycling #tokyo #japanesedesign #industrialdesign #biketravel #exploretokyo.

“Humans love unexpected events. Adventures. Discoveries. A bike is a perfect tool to encounter something unexpected,” said Ichiro Kanai. “We call it freedom.” 🚴 As the founder of @tokyobike_jp , Ichiro believes that a bicycle is a tool to help you enjoy a city. He sees himself not as a bicycle designer, but as a lifestyle designer who creates experiences through urban cycling. “In the bike industry, they know bikes,” he said. “We know the people who ride the bikes.” Ichiro founded tokyobike in 2002, when urban bike share programs were uncommon. “There are no mountains and people are not racing in a city like this,” he recalled thinking. “There’s no bike for Tokyo.” He wanted a nimble bicycle that would help him enjoy the city — and maybe help change city life. tokyobike bicycles are designed to work well in small living spaces and on public transportation, and to speed up and slow down quickly in traffic. And, of course, they’re meant to look good on a wall. 🚲 Now, tokyobike is renting bicycles through @tokyobikerentals and working with hotels worldwide to develop bicycle-hire programs. One day, Ichiro said, he'd like to work on a full hotel concept. “One of the biggest adventures of childhood is learning to ride a bike. Their environment is limited, but with a bike it gets so much bigger. The discovery starts there. We believe that a bike can bring you back to your childhood.” 📸: Ko Sasaki . . . #tokyobike #東京 #世界のtokyobike #minimaldesign #cyclinglife #designbikes #bikedesign #bicycle #cycling #tokyo #japanesedesign #industrialdesign #biketravel #exploretokyo ...

“I always imagine what kind of space I would like to go into,” said @masamichi_katayama of Wonderwall. The Tokyo-based interior designer has created more than 500 retail spaces worldwide, for clients ranging from Uniqlo to Thom Browne. While he was growing up, Masamichi’s parents hoped he’d one day run their business, a furniture shop. They sent him to study in Osaka, where he enrolled in an interior design course. At first, he was mostly in it for the extracurriculars. “Being fond of music, I went to record stores, and being fond of fashion, I went to fashion boutiques,” he said. Enough time spent in record shops inspired the realization that design goes into every part of an album. 🎶 Today, Masamichi’s 5-story studio is filled with CDs, art and antiques. “If you’re well-trained, you can imagine what kind of design you’re going to make before you even start,” he said. “But I want to be inspired by a lot of different things.” All of his projects begin as concepts and, eventually, become elaborate models. Wonderwall’s model room is stocked with miniatures: chairs, umbrellas, plants, chapeaus. But while the details are important, “What I want to do is create the atmosphere — things that we cannot see,” he said. Here, one of his latest projects: @welcomeovo in Tokyo, which held its grand opening this weekend. 📸: Kozo Takayama
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#tokyodesign #片山正通 #masamichikatayama #wonderwall #interiordesign #東京 #建築 #建築巡り #近代建築 #建築デザイン #ovo #octobersveryown #interiors #japanesedesign #exteriors.

“I always imagine what kind of space I would like to go into,” said @masamichi_katayama of Wonderwall. The Tokyo-based interior designer has created more than 500 retail spaces worldwide, for clients ranging from Uniqlo to Thom Browne. While he was growing up, Masamichi’s parents hoped he’d one day run their business, a furniture shop. They sent him to study in Osaka, where he enrolled in an interior design course. At first, he was mostly in it for the extracurriculars. “Being fond of music, I went to record stores, and being fond of fashion, I went to fashion boutiques,” he said. Enough time spent in record shops inspired the realization that design goes into every part of an album. 🎶 Today, Masamichi’s 5-story studio is filled with CDs, art and antiques. “If you’re well-trained, you can imagine what kind of design you’re going to make before you even start,” he said. “But I want to be inspired by a lot of different things.” All of his projects begin as concepts and, eventually, become elaborate models. Wonderwall’s model room is stocked with miniatures: chairs, umbrellas, plants, chapeaus. But while the details are important, “What I want to do is create the atmosphere — things that we cannot see,” he said. Here, one of his latest projects: @welcomeovo in Tokyo, which held its grand opening this weekend. 📸: Kozo Takayama . . . #tokyodesign #片山正通 #masamichikatayama #wonderwall #interiordesign #東京 #建築 #建築巡り #近代建築 #建築デザイン #ovo #octobersveryown #interiors #japanesedesign #exteriors ...

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