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  1. Back to Nature
    Finishing Touch

    Back to Nature

    A one-of-a-kind house on a Japanese island blurs the indoor-outdoor divide.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Hiroshi Ueda
    04.04.12

  2. House Vision Exhibit Tokyo
    Travel Reports

    House Vision Exhibit Tokyo

    What should Japan’s homes of the future look like? A few years ago, designer Kenya Hara posed that question to a group of Japanese architects and companies. The result is the House Vision...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    03.19.13

  3. MUJI Makes a Move
    Travel Reports

    MUJI Makes a Move

    MUJI, Japan’s legendary “brand-less brand,” is expanding its West Coast empire. With ultra-basic furniture, clothing, electronics, and more headed for San Jose, California in April, we decided to...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    03.13.13

  4. Q&A with Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban
    Interviews

    Q&A with Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban

    The Japanese architect—and winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize—is working with Muji on a new endeavor: using furniture as a module for prefabricated houses.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    01.19.14

  5. Q&A with MUJI Art Director Kenya Hara
    Post

    Q&A with MUJI Art Director Kenya Hara

    If any contemporary designer embodies the stark but somehow perfect use of space and form that characterizes a certain branch of Japanese aesthetics, Kenya Hara is the man. His work ranges from...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    04.16.13

  6. Report from DesignTide Tokyo
    Travel Reports

    Report from DesignTide Tokyo

    Choices, choices, choices. That seemed to be the mantra for furniture designers at this year’s DesignTide Tokyo, a furniture and product expo on at the city’s swanky Midtown Hall this...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.04.11

  7. Seoul, South Korea
    House Tours

    Seoul, South Korea

    When Seoul architect Byoung-soo Cho set out to design his urban dream house, he turned to the city’s architectural history for inspiration. The result—–four overlapping boxes...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Jeremy Murch
    05.25.10

  8. Tokyo Designers Week: Eco Lighting
    Travel Reports

    Tokyo Designers Week: Eco Lighting

    Switching from incandescent to LED bulbs can cut the amount of electricity a lamp consumes by sixty percent or more. But with their cool-white hue and hefty price tag, getting excited about these...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.06.11

  9. Trends at Tokyo Designers Week
    Travel Reports

    Trends at Tokyo Designers Week

    We sent crack writer and Dwell's woman-in-Japan to check out Tokyo Designers Week. Here's what she found....

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.02.11

  10. Yasuaki Onoda of ArchiAid
    Interviews

    Yasuaki Onoda of ArchiAid

    Architect as emergency response worker: that’s the concept behind ArchiAid, an organization founded after Japan’s March 11th tsunami and earthquake that aims to help revive the battered...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    09.20.11

  11. Young at Any Age
    Interviews

    Young at Any Age

    Japanese designer Mikiko Endo lets her wild imagination go to work—–so we can play.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    07.24.11

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