Monday, 30 September 2019 16:22

Kengo Kuma's new take on bamboo

His creation for London Design Festival was an example of an innovative new building material

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The Japanese architect of varied and daring futuristic visions has won the 2019 Pritzker Prize, widely regarded as the profession’s highest honour.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:32

Designart Tokyo 2018

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Japan’s 1980s boom was marked by unhinged wealth and intense architectural creativity. Its legacy includes some of the most wildly original buildings the world has ever seen, writes Adam Nathaniel Furman

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A full-scale reconstruction of Ryue Nishizawa’s Moriyama House lays the foundation for a thoughtful, ambitious show at the Barbican, writes Peter Smisek. But the absence of metabolism is a structural weakness

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The Met Fifth Avenue
4 May — 4 September 2017

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 12:35


Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen
28 April — 25 June 2017

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Barbican, London
23 March - 25 June 2017

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Nendo's founder is extraordinarily prolific and versatile, creating clean-lined work subverted by witty, playful touches. We met him before the opening of his latest show

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Friday, 01 April 2016 06:00

Arita x Nobu

The birthplace of Japanese porcelain and the famed restaurant join forces for dinnerware that serves up a different aesthetic with each course

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00


The Japanese brand unites traditional craft and contemporary design in a range of homeware and furniture that is elegant yet playful

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Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

Zakka – Goods and Things

21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo
26 February – 5 June 2016

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

5 archi-cult hotels you should know

Planning your next holiday yet? Here is Icon’s selection of five great buildings where every architecture fanatic would surely want to rest their head, from an inn by Kengo Kuma to an art-lover’s paradise in Provençe

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Monday, 11 January 2016 00:00

Bakurocho, Tokyo

Once a “ghost town” in the shadow of Nihonbashi’s neon glare, Bakurocho is enjoying a creative revival inspired by its Edo-era craft heritage. Danielle Demetriou visited the area for our latest issue – Keith Ng's images, featured here, accompany the article

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Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

Learning from Japan

A show in Copenhagen examines why Danish architects and designers have drawn so much inspiration from a country on the other side of the globe, says Mille Collin Flaherty

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Monday, 15 September 2014 19:24

Ishinomaki Laboratory

A range of simple wooden furniture, designed to be built and used by survivors of the Japanese tsunami, is finding a wider commercial appeal

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The Japan pavilion’s take on the theme of “Absorbing Modernity” focuses on a period in the 1970s when, with the country rushing into the free-market future, a group of architects turned instead to the vanishing past, says Julian Worrall

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:46

House K by Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto places a typically ingenious family house with a dramatic sloping roof on a tricky suburban site. 

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Monday, 23 September 2013 12:51

Mitate Collection: Studio Wieki Somers Lamps

Studio Wieki Somers has created a family of lamps inspired by visits to Japanese Samurai houses

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Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:58

Interview: Sou Fujimoto

The architect of the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion talks to Icon about the qualities of clouds, the integration of landscapes and buildings and his quest for serendipity.

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