As Japan House opens its doors in London, Icon spoke to Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, whose exhibition Futures of the Future is inaugurating the new space.
Sou Fujimoto places a typically ingenious family house with a dramatic sloping roof on a tricky suburban site.
Sou Fujimoto’s structure in Kensington Gardens leaves us yearning for more permanent realisations of his utopian architectural vision
For this issue we asked a dozen experts to nominate those architects and designers that they thought were shaping the future. We didn’t want our list of 50 names to watch to be hierarchical, with definitive pretensions, but rather a snapshot of the ways in which a new generation is pushing the boundaries of its practice. We spoke to the nominees about what they thought were the challenges and opportunities facing their profession, and the things that inspired them.
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.
The Salone del Mobile is much more than an annual furniture tradeshow. Entire districts of the city come to life with installations and exhibitions that seem to be as much about art as design. In this issue we look at artists who have ventured into both architecture and furniture design, including Donald Judd, Jorge Pardo, Rachel Whiteread and Joep van Lieshout.
Two years have passed since Japan was hit by a tsunami. Since then, architects and designers have volunteered their skills and expertise to help rebuild communities and make plans for the future.
Tokyo architect Sou Fujimoto’s latest experiment in compact living is a minimalist climbing tower of glass walls and super-thin steel floor plates.
“I have never called myself a fashion designer,” says Issey Miyake. It sounds like a contradiction from someone who has been designing clothes for 40 years and who built Japan’s most famous fashion brand in the process. So what is he?
There's only a week left to see the Barbican's 30-year survey of Japanese fashion innovation, featuring design greats Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. Here's our review.
It is hard to imagine a more literal image of high density dwelling than this, the Tokyo Apartment–Sou Fujimoto’s latest building.
There's a whole heap of good things in the July icon, issue 085, now in shops - and top of the pile is Sou Fujimoto’s stacked up houses in Tokyo.
Icon's editor Justin McGuirk recently interviewed Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto for Detnk TV. Fujimoto-san discusses his bench project for Lexus and how Japanese architecture should embrace the primitive.
Is it just us or is the young architect a very different beast these days? For the first time, “young” actually means young, but “architect” may no longer mean architect. This is our list of the most significant rising practices. Like all list stories, you’ll disagree with some of it, but that’s half the fun.