House vision exhibition in Tokyo

I was in Tokyo last week on a business trip, again. This time I had a day to get out of the office and see some inspiring exhibitions, and Tokyo is an amazing city when it comes to art and culture! I will show you some images from a really inspiring architecture exhibition called House Vision 2.

“The theme for HOUSE VISION 2 2016 Tokyo is “CO-DIVIDUAL—Split and Connect/Separate and Come Together.” It addresses the question of how we can bring together and re-connect individuals, urban and rural areas, and fragmented technologies.”

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The exhibition was built in wood in simple, but very beautiful constructions. There were 12 houses made by different architects to envision their solution to future home needs, all the houses were connected by wooden “streets” that was elevated from the ground. This was a very nice way of connecting the houses and separating the exhibition from the surrounding.

I will show you some of my favorite houses.

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The nomad house by Isetan Mitsukoshi in collaboration with architects Makoto TANIJIRI/Ai YOSHIDA.

“This house targets the new nomad: people who, instead of settling in one place, consider migrating for work as the norm. Working in overcrowded environments, they are a high-income group with a wide range of social contacts. Rather than immersing in the minutiae of everyday life, they imagine a space to pleasantly spend half of each month or to casually enjoy parties with close friends. The world may be moving from the age of permanent residency back to the nomadic age.”

It was interesting to see how the architects were working with an open, flexible space and how they were working with different heights on the floor, textile curtains and glass doors to create rooms inside the open space. The color scale was very calm and minimalistic, but the use of different kinds of wood and hand-made ceramics were adding warmth and comfort. The wall was painted in a grey chalk paint, with brush strokes to give a more vivid surface.

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The Rental Space Tower by architect Sou FUJIMOTO for residential leasing and management company Daito Trust Construction.

“Rental housing had always been configured so that space for exclusive occupancy is maximized while common areas are confined to passageways. But what if private spaces are minimized to provide spacious shared spaces, such as kitchens, baths, theater rooms and gardens?”

The entire house, both exterior and interiors was made of wood, and this was creating a warm atmosphere with no clear separation of inside and outside.

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Woodgrain house by Toppan Printing and HARA Design Institute.

“Produced by a high-tech approach based on printing technology, the house brings fascinating depth to environmental materials. Printed laminates have recently undergone significant progress, and the combination of visual accuracy and texturing has resulted in producing decorative laminates that go further than being indistinguishable from the originals, being produced with an accuracy and consistency that surpasses natural lumber.”

The architect’s vision of a house made out of a solid wooden piece was nicely executed by a printed laminate material both on the outside and the inside of the house. The material used on the inside also had a texture to simulate the tool marks from shaping the wood. But the nicest thing in this house was how they had integrated all the functions in the house into the material, for example a speaker that was built into the wall and the storage space inside the steps of the stairs.

Want to see or read more? http://house-vision.jp/en/exhibition.html

Modern tea experience in Tokyo

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I went to this beautiful place in Tokyo called Souen. It is a modern tea house that is inspired by the traditional Japanese tea ceremony but with the new twist that they serve the tea in cocktails. The environment is calm and minimalistic, only with natural materials: stone, brass, wood and ceramics. The bartender is fully focused on his task: pouring water, preparing tea, mixing the cocktail and serving it in the perfect glass. This was an experience for all the senses!

http://www.sakurai-tea.jp/

Digital mindfulness

Pause app by ustwo and PausAble

Are you also a digital junkie? As soon as you have some time over you pull out your phone to scroll around in your feed to see what is happening on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or other medias? And most of the time you just feel that it is a stupid waste of time. Next time you do this you can stop yourself and download an app called Pause (yes, it’s available both for Android and iOS). You let your finger follow a colorful, organic shape that grows with time as it moves over your screen. The color changes from time to time. We like that the graphics are simple and the colors are soft, and you actually get really relaxed by concentrating on this simple task.

The app is developed by Malmö based ustwo in collaboration with Peng Cheng, a UX designer and founder of PauseAble.

Bye bye 2015

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Reflecting on the past year and going through all my images on my phone I realize how much I have been traveling in 2015. I am privileged to have a job where I get to go to inspiring places and meet people and explore cultures. I am also privileged to earn enough money and have time to take vacation and travel on my spare time as well, and I am very grateful for this. I believe we all grow when we expand our horizons and see that the world is so much more than what we have in our close surroundings.

2016 will also start with some time away from home.

Next week I will go to Tokyo and stay there for a month. I will share my thoughts and inspirations from Japan on the blog. Tokyo is a really inspiring city filled with so much fun, crazy, stylish people, culture and food that I can’t wait to explore more in depth!

Pantone color of the year 2016

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Pantone has released the color of the year 2016, and for the first time it is not one color but two. Or actually the blending between these two shades that are chosen to be the color of the year. I think that they are spot on, we do see a lot of blendings, gradients and iridescence coming. I have gathered some examples of this that I have spotted recently.

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Colors of Bologna

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Bologna, also known as “la cittá rossa” – the red city – referring to the colors of the buildings but also to the political preference of many bolognesi. The earthy red is beautiful and present everywhere, from the color of the bricks to the color of the terrazzo on the pavements. I love the patterns that is created in terrazzo mixing stones in various sizes and colors with colored cement. We start to see more and more terrazzo in interiors and furniture. My favourite are these tables by Frama in Copenhagen. http://www.framacph.com

http://www.framacph.com/index.php/projects/study/st.-pauls-apotek

I think we will see a lot more of terrazzo to come, to quote the queen of swedish design blogs Lotta Agaton “terrazzo is the new Carrara”.

Inspiring reading for color lovers

Reproducing Scholten & Badjings

I can warmly recommend the book about Scholten & Baijings, the masters of gradients, fadings and neon accents. I really like that they are showing so much of their creative process. This book is a must for every CMF designer!

The ISBN is 9780714868714 if you want to buy the book.