Posts Tagged ‘ Japan ’

Takatsugu Kuriyama: Tokyo Arteria

  A city is a creature. The blood courses through and activates the body. A subway network is exactly the arteria that enables us to crisscross a city. Subway lines gather and intersect around town after town, and newer lines are located deeper. It reflects a growth history of the city. Despite its significance on our daily life, we actually don’t face the fact. It is so close to our heart that we cannot imagine many millions of people are simultaneously crisscrossing and going up and down under the city.
  Tokyo Arteria is a proposal of a perspective on the subway network. This is a 3D model of the network, visualizing its flow as the arteria of the city. The shadow of the 3D lines is equivalent to the 2D rail-map. White wires are stations and their stairs, indicating their depth from the ground to a platform. 18 lines are displayed, including 13 subway lines. Each line is a clear tube in which colored water and bubbles flow. The color corresponds to the theme color of each line. Bubbles represent train flow, facilitating our tracing on a specific line within the complicated network.
  We face the vivid, beautiful, and even mysterious “socially organized artifact” that is nothing but our daily lives. Attendees can rediscover the revealed underground and share each other’s impressions naturally.


Riusuke Fukahori

Riusuke Fukahori’s 3D pieces appear to be realistic models of goldfish. They are actually flat acrylic paintings in resin.

Official Site

Roundup: QR Codes

Commando Nerd P8tch, as previously blogged about here.

QRious‘, a wallpaper by Rollup.

Minecraft QR code by Snowman.

N-Building by Teradadesign and Qosmo.

SET Japan produce designer QR codes. This one features work by Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami.

QRapping Paper with links to over 50 festive videos

Edible QR Codes by NYC Resistor for Google Demo Slam

Sand QR Code by SINAP

Balloon QR Code for the New York Times

Takayuki Hori: Oritsunagumono

Takayuki Hori is a Visual Communication student. His project, Oritsunagumono (things folded and connected) has just won him the Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Award.

Images here and here.

Chiho Aoshima

No official website available, images found here and here.

Extended gallery here (NSFW).

Popin’ Cookin’ and Konapun

Bit of an odd post, but here goes: YouTube user RRcherrypie has made a series of videos demonstrating food-based toys from Japan. Popin’ Cookin’ is a series allowing children to make sweets resembling miniature food items. Official site

Konapun is a similar item, only the food isn’t edible but the making process often strangely resembles the real thing. No heat is involved in the ‘frying’ and ‘baking’ processes, but the toys use sound effects. The series is unfortunately no longer running, but you can still find some on eBay.

Hideyuki Nakayama: A Room in the Glass Globe

Hideyuki Nakagama teamed up with door handle manufacturers Union to make a glass doorknob which reflects what’s on the other side of the door.


Hideyuki Nakayama

Discovered via: Boing Boing