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Shinya Kimura – Stunningly Beautiful Bikes...

Filmed by director henrik hansen and his team in 2010, Shinya Kimura founded Zero Engineering in Okazaki Japan in 1992. Initially his shop was named Repair Shop Chabo but the name was changed the following year to Zero Engineering. He soon gained a reputation for his minimalistic and vintage looking bikes that combine form and function. As you can see by his bold, raw and minimalist builds. His name was soon synonymous with what people often refer to as Zero-style. A Zero-style bike is typically based around a rigid gooseneck, a pre-1984 Harley Davidson engine, springer front end, spoked wheels and often includes parts of the bike remaining in bare metal. The inspiration came from wabi sabi (austere...

Shinya Kimura – Stunningly Beautiful Bikes
posted on: Jul 23, 2010 | author: Edna

House with a stunning garage feature

So you are an hotshot rockstar Japanese architect, who specialises in doing beautiful minimal spaces with lots of natural light. Then comes along some wealthly Tokyo dude who has a thing for collecting exotic cars. He makes an interesting request: “I want to be able to fit nine supercars in my garage, and I want it so I can display one of the cars inside the living room. Oh and I also want a massive goddamn tree too in the living room too”. Crazy, maybe. But this Japan. And this is exactly (well maybe not in those words) what was requested of Japanese architect¬†Takuya Tsuchida. He’s managed to build a house, with a motorized lift, that quite literally...

House with a stunning garage feature
posted on: Apr 1, 2010 | author: Edna

Japanese Tattoo Table

The unfortunately named ‘Yakuza’ is a digitally tattooed wooden table by Reddish Studio. It looks like it’s part of a collection. We have no idea what the ‘digital tattoo’ process involves, but it definitely looks pretty cool. It’s made out of veneered MDF with some kind of digital printing technology.

Japanese Tattoo Table
posted on: Jun 1, 2009 | author: Edna

Tatebanko – Japanese Paper Dioramas...

Do you know tatebanko? Well I’m pretty clued up on Japanese culture, but I had no idea what it was until recently. Apparently it is an almost forgotten art of creating scenic dioramas using paper and clever use of perspective. It was popular in Japan during the 17th Century (Edo Period) till the 19th century and then pretty much disappeared. Now a company in Japan is reviving it, with beautiful little kits to put together your own tatebanko’s. They launched with a series of ones based on famous Japanese ukiyo-e artists – Hiroshige and Hokusai. And now they’ve¬† got a series based on Tezuka Osamu comics, yes my friends – ASTRO BOY! And they look retro freaking fantastic....

Tatebanko – Japanese Paper Dioramas
posted on: May 12, 2009 | author: Edna

Audrey Kawasaki – New work from solo show in Japan...

[ad#textonly] One of our favourite contemporary artists, Audrey Kawasaki is having her first solo show in Japan. You’d think, as famous as she is and a name like Kawasaki – she’d already been having shows there. But alas, she is based in L.A. Her show is going to be at Space Yui in Aoyama, Tokyo. If you aren’t already a fan – you’ve most probably at least seen her distinctive paintings of girls on wood (no pun intended) floating around the interweb. She’s considered a rising star in LA’s art scene but more importantly she is internationally famous due to the great reaches of the interweb. According to Wikipedia; she is known as a painter and erotic artist,...

Audrey Kawasaki – New work from solo show in Japan
posted on: May 6, 2009 | author: Edna

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