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Nendo’s New Furniture Collection is Softer Than Steel

Nendo has created a furniture collection for Italy’s Desalto, known for their metal furniture. Turning the tables on metal’s typical hard and heavy feel, Nendo gives the material a light, flexible feel, “as though the metal has become paper or cloth.” A section of the bench has been pinched up into the backrest, poles wrap around each other to become a coat stand, and sections of tables are cut-out like paper.

A Forest Made From Washi Paper by Takashi Kuribayashi

I’m in Sapporo this week exploring the 2014 Sapporo International Art Festival. The theme of this year’s city-wide art show is “Nature and City” and is curated by the great Ryuichi Sakamoto.

A Wooden Cabin in Kyoto Overlooks the Mountains

I have total log cabin envy right now. UZU architects created “cross house,” a timber home nestled near the hills outside Kyoto.

Fujiko Nakaya Covers the Sapporo Art Museum in Fog

I’m in Sapporo this week exploring the 2014 Sapporo International Art Festival. The theme of this year’s city-wide art show is “Nature and City” and is curated by the great Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Idioms and Other Sayings Translated Into Pictograms

I’m so embarrassed. I wish I could just crawl into a hole and die. Pictograms are universally recognizable pictorial symbols that communicate daily essentials like directions, the location of bathrooms and which is male and female.

Precarious Playgrounds | Ryo Yamada’s Air Garden

I’m in Sapporo this week exploring the 2014 Sapporo International Art Festival. The theme of this year’s city-wide art show is “Nature and City” and is curated by the great Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Akira Nagaya Creates Anime Paper Cutouts From Post-Its

Totoro and Mei, from My Neighbor Totoro When kirie artist Akira Nagaya isn’t creating fantastical paper cutouts of flowers, leaves and other natural objects, he entertains himself with this side-project.

Sponsor // Win an Online Mixed Media Class with Craftsy

Build pen, ink and watercolor skills to create inspired, original compositions. Enter to win the online Craftsy class Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor — a limited-time giveaway for Spoon & Tamago readers — and join professional illustrator Matt Rota as he guides you step by step from blank page to extraordinary artwork.

Intricate Paper Cutouts by Kirie Artist Akira Nagaya

Kirie (切り絵, literally cut paper) is the Japanese art of papercutting. Akira Nagaya is a self-taught artist whose creative roots are, surprisingly, in the culinary world of sushi.

Dice Furniture Changes Shape When You Roll It

Like to gamble? Try rolling the dice. Taking their cue from the way a dice rolls around revealing different sides, Torafu Architects have designed a piece of furniture for kids and adults.

Akihiro Mizuuchi Teaches Us How To Code Love In HTML

Are you a programmer in love? Do you have trouble telling that special person how you feel? If so, Japanese web and graphic designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created the fun little guide that made me laugh.

Scientific Histological Slides For Kids Available in Vending Machines

photo by twitter user @nerina_ro Gachapon toy vending machines usually spit out junky toys that you play with for an hour and then forget about.

Visual Effects and Live Action Converge With Nobumichi Asai’s Facial Projection Mapping

We all know that visual effects are the stuff of films, enabling harry potter’s transfiguration spells and animating Iron Man’s full-body suit.

Akihiro Mizuuchi Created Edible Chocolate Bears for Valentine’s Day

photos courtesy Akihiro Mizuuchi | click to enlarge Japanese illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi decided to do something special for Valentine’s Day this year.

Japan’s Natural Light Shows Photographed by Takehito Miyatake

Genji botaru fireflies around a small bridge over the Shimanto River (Kochi Prefecture) | © Takehito Miyatake click to enlarge A flight of hime botaru fireflies light up the forest to create a dreamy, fairytale-like spectacle Japanese photographer Takehito Miyatake’s photos of magical firefly trails, glowing squid and awe-inspiring volcanic eruptions has recently won him Grand Prize at the 2014 Nikkei National Geographic Photo Awards.

An Undulating Facade of Metallic Louvers Defines This Tokyo Residence and Store

Photos by Nacasa & Partners Inc. | click to enlarge “The client requested a design that would have a façade expression differentiated from the surrounding buildings,” says Amano Yoshihiro, head architect of Amano Design Office.

Kyoto photographer uncovers the inspiration behind Japan’s most beautiful sweets

It takes a true adventurer to investigate the secrets of wagashi sweets, Japan’s most beautiful confectionery.

Maach Ecute | a renovated 100-year old train station reopens for business

In 1912 the Manseibashi Station began operating as the last station on the Kobu Railways (now Chuo line).

Biei | one-of-a-kind artisan crafted LED light bulbs

Only 1 is a relatively new Japanese retailer of LED lighting. They’ve tasked themselves with providing a selection of one-of-a-kind LED light bulbs that you probably won’t find anywhere else.

Stay in Artist Designed Hotel Rooms at the Park Hotel Tokyo

Ever get the urge to sleep in a museum? Well now you can, sort of. For the past 2 years Park Hotel Tokyo has been sponsoring their Artist in Hotel project, an initiative that invites artists to stay in one of their rooms and transform it into their own artwork.