Japan

11
AUG
2017
Mosaic artist Yukiko Nagai

INTERVIEW Yukiko Nagai revives furniture with mosaic art

Yukiko Nagai relocated from Japan to Italy, to study the traditional art of mosaic at Ravenna Art Academy. After briefly returning to Tokyo, she decided to set up her life in the city of Ravenna. She now makes exquisite one-of-a-kind chairs, tables and benches using antiques that... Read More →
15
JAN
2014

Trees cut from shopping bags by Yuken Teruya

Japanese artist Yuken Teruya carves miniature trees from discarded shopping bags.  The trees are part of a series called Notice – Forest.   Tacked to the wall, the inside of the Cartier, Tiffany & Co and McDonalds bags become shadow boxes, revealing intricate diorama... Read More →
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15
NOV
2013
wooden pallet beach house

Japanese beach house made from upcycled wooden pallets

This wooden pallet Caban beach house is situated at Morito Beach in Hayama, Japan.  Designed by Japan-based designer David Guarino in collaboration with local artists, the structure is made entirely from shipping palettes and regional materials.  The structure includes a lounge... Read More →
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29
JUL
2013
Horang-ee (Tiger) in Chungju Korea by Klaus Dauven

Reverse graffiti art by Klaus Dauven

The stunning work of German artist Klaus Dauven is often described as ‘reverse graffiti’.  Rather than creating artwork by applying layers of spray paint to the urban environment, his work is about subtracting the dirt and grime from public areas to reveal beautiful... Read More →
06
MAY
2013

Haroshi Skateboard Sculpture

Haroshi is a self-taught sculptor and passionate skateboarder, often faced with the problem of skateboards breaking.  The intimate bond with the snapped decks is preserved however as he uses the wood to make these fantastic sculptures.  Some of the wood pieces are put together as... Read More →
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22
FEB
2013

Hetty Rose reclaimed kimono shoes

Here’s something to brighten your mood on this cold wintery day…  Hetty Rose transforms vintage Japanese kimono fabric into fabulous footwear from her workshop in Essex.  She describes the material as “relics of a disappearing world, saturated in significance... Read More →
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05
FEB
2013

Art and sculpture installation by Tadashi Kawamata

Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata creates giant amorphous structures from found materials that he installs in public locations.  Structures made from wooden crates and boxes appear to engulf the buildings or flow out of them, transforming materials that are easily overlooked into... Read More →
25
SEP
2012

Momosan Shop in The Shoreditch Triangle

Another highlight of the Shoreditch Design Triangle was Momosan Shop which is directly linked to Rupert Blanchard‘s studio. This is a small space curated by Momoko Mizutani who sources objects from both Japan and the UK which reference her own experience of living in two... Read More →
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21
MAR
2012

Upcyclist and The Blue Economy

An enormous thank you goes out to Professor Gunter Pauli for his tremendous support for Upcyclist.  Pauli is an entrepreneur, lecturer, author and commentator in culture, science, politics, sustainability and the environment. His twenty books, including Upcycling (1999) have been... Read More →
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12
JAN
2012

Upcycled fashion by Metamorfixx

For Petra Hanson of Metamorfixx, upcycled clothing is not about tailoring, but transformation.  Her background in fashion and a passion for fine knits has for over a decade resulted in a fabulous collection of attention grabbing ensembles.  She also designs clothing for fellow... Read More →
30
AUG
2011

Walking on Air

I’m easily impressed by anyone who can do something clever with a balloon, but these dresses by Japanese artist Rie Hosokai are quite literally mind-blowing (pun intended).  She began her career as a florist before venturing into the world of balloon design.  After setting... Read More →
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