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Icon 116: Japan
It’s almost two years since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on 11 March 2011. In ICON 096 (Oceans), Julian Worrall, a long-term resident of Tokyo, reported on the aftershocks of that traumatic event. For this issue, he revisits the disaster areas in the north of the country where architects and designers, such as Toyo Ito and his KISYN group, are contributing to Japan’s reconstruction.
On the cover is Kengo Kuma, a master of “deceptive minimalism” (who is also involved in reconstruction efforts). We also talk to the rising stars at Takram Design Engineering and sample an upcoming show of Japanese outsider art.
Up front, the Louvre Museum’s outpost in Lens, Dutch Design Week, Coop Himmelb(l)au’s cinema centre in Busan, highlights from Interieur, Maarten Baas’s crystal cloud, Ryue Nishazawa’s Garden & House and the Icon Awards evening – and Thomas Heatherwick, winner of the Icon of the Year Award.
In Review: The world of Pharrell Williams, Edwin Heathcote’s The Meaning of Home, Hong Kong’s Detour Festival, and a show about four architects at sea.
Plus: 28 pages of the latest in German design in our German Design Report.