The Japanese House

There’s a show on at the Barbican right now entitled “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945.” What especially grabbed my attention when I saw mention of it — it’s featured in this Monocle radio show — is that it apparently includes a full-scale recreation of Ryue Nishizawa‘s Moriyama House (pictured), which just so happens to be the house that I introduced in one of the episodes of NHK’s Tokyo Eye program I appeared in back in the day. It was a fantastic experience to act as a guide to the house (check out this Google image search), which really is something incredible — and the owner who commissioned the project was a joy to speak with as well.

The Boundary Between Kogei and Design

That’s the name of an exhibition taking place at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (until March 20), curated by Naoto Fukasawa (one of my favorite designers, and I still think the Neon is the best mobile phone I’ve owned). The Japan Times interviews him about the show, which compares modern design to crafts.

Groovisions iMessage Stickers

I have so much love for Groovisions, absolutely my favorite graphic design unit from the 2000s, and not only are they being celebrated right now in Tokyo courtesy of an exhibition at Spiral — which I’d so love to check out — they’ve also released a set of animated stickers for use in iMessage.

100 Views of Tokyo

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100 Views of Tokyo looks like a beautiful book featuring lovely illustrations of the megapolis by Shinji Tsuchimochi. The bilingual book also includes maps of the various areas — take a look at this page for more details. They’re also having an exhibition of works from the book at Shikaku gallery/select shop in Osaka (the book also includes 5 views of Osaka), November 3-20.

Update: You can purchase the book directly from the Spoon & Tamago shop.

Reason Behind Forms

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I’ve been a longtime fan and supporter of the work of Nosigner (aka Eisuke Tachikawa, whose monicker is now the name of his firm), covering many of his early works in my “On Design” column and elsewhere, and it makes me happy to see that he’s gotten to a point where he’s headlining his own show at the Ginza Graphic Gallery (“Reason Behind Forms,” running this month until October 31). One of the main installations in the show is what you see pictured, which represents all of the technology that has been engulfed within the iPhone. There’s more to see in this Spoon & Tamago post.

SOLO (3 Years of Drawer)

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My great friend Luis Mendo is 3 years a “drawer” — the terms he prefers to use to describe his work as an illustrator — and he’s marking the occasion with his very first solo exhibition next month at Sorama (September 3-11, 2016).

Luis has of course been drawing all his life, but it was around the time that he first visited Tokyo — which led to a permanent move — that he started seeing a future where he followed his dream of making a living through his pens and pencils, leaving behind the career he had as an art director and graphic designer (although I’m sure he’s still producing the occasional brilliant piece of design work). I’m so happy to see Luis reach this point in his dream career, and the only thing that makes me sad is that I can’t be there at the opening to celebrate with him.