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  1. Architect Miwa Mori
    Profiles

    Architect Miwa Mori

    When 33-year-old Japanese architect Miwa Mori was a student in Germany, she learned a lot about architecture by observing fashion. “In winter in Germany, people wear t-shirts inside and put...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    08.23.10

  2. 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

  3. Compact Wooden Home in Japan
    Houses We Love

    Compact Wooden Home in Japan

    A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    05.14.13

  4. French Architect Brings Brilliant Color to Tokyo
    In The Modern World

    French Architect Brings Brilliant Color to Tokyo

    A French architect and designer makes her saturated mark on Tokyo’s streetscape.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    08.19.14

  5. Glowing Box Home in Japan
    Houses We Love

    Glowing Box Home in Japan

    A luminescent house brightens a block in Hiroshima, Japan.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Toshiyuki Yano
    07.24.13

  6. 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

  7. Ideas for Japan's Reconstruction
    A Great Idea

    Ideas for Japan's Reconstruction

    A new word has been added to the vocabulary of Japanese architects: 3/11. That's the date when an earthquake and tsunami killed 20,000 people, crashed through over 900,000 buildings along 300 miles...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    09.27.11

  8. Inventive Garden Home in India
    A Great Idea

    Inventive Garden Home in India

    Behind a house in crowded Bangalore, India, two architects carve out a midcity oasis.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    09.19.14

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Simple Division
    House Tours

    Simple Division

    A Tokyo architect’s shape-shifting apartment takes a holistic approach to live/work style.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Ryohei Hamada
    02.13.12

  15. Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan
    House Tours

    Small Space Live/Work Box Home in Japan

    This flower shop, art gallery, and home for two looks like the simplest of cubes. Fitting it all into 1,115 square feet, however, prompted Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri to think outside the box.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Takashi Homma
    11.01.10

  16. 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

  17. Top Drawer
    Finishing Touch

    Top Drawer

    Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept.

    written by: Winifred Bird
    11.26.12

  18. 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

  19. Underground House in Seoul
    House Tours

    Underground House in Seoul

    Architect Byoung Soo Cho’s Earth House is quite possibly one of the classiest dugouts ever built. Set amid peaceful woods and rice fields an hour east of Seoul, Korea, the subterranean...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    photos by: Wooseop Hwang
    03.25.10

  20. 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

  21. 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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