TRUNK (HOTEL) YOYOGI PARK

In the heart of the dynamic Japanese Oku-shibu district, the new TRUNK (HOTEL) YOYOGI PARK boasts a relaxed, human-centered ethos. I personally love the style of Norm Architects who has been engaged to support the interior design of the hotel, marking the first occasion TRUNK has collaborated with an international design team and the continuation […]

A Japanese pavilion near Kyoto

Kacper Niezabitowski is an architect based in Paris. Previously working with two awarded companies¬† and currently working on his own projects he kindly sent me the residential project inspired by his travels. A Japanese pavilion The residential project is located near Lake Biwa which is a lake and a complex of natural wetlands, near Kyoto, […]

Washi placemets and coasters by Poj Studio

Poj Studio introduces Washi Placemats made by Tete. A local artisan based in Kyoto who started pursuing working with washi paper five years ago. She crafts tableware, tea utensils, fixtures, tissue boxes, and more using washi – diversifying and expanding its use in a modern home. Poj Studio is proud to support her on her […]

Cipango: Japan Reimagined

During Milan Design Week 2022, the Japanese design brand Ariake presented Cipango, set in a private residential apartment at Porta Venezia. Cipango was the name Marco Polo gave to Japan when he first learned of the existence of the country in the 13th century. The exhibition marked Ariakes debut at Milan design week and introduced […]

OGATA | 48 hours in Paris

OGATA Paris

After years of absence, I was finally back in Paris last month. The city where I can wander around for hours, just like in my own city of Amsterdam. It was a quick 48 hours with the Thalys there and back…. and every time I make the three-hour trip I wonder why I don’t do […]

Sky Ladder bookshelf by Gabriel Tan Design

I am pretty sure you saw the picture above before. Pictured at the exhibition during Stockholm Design week, where I was introduced to Ariake in this beautiful setting of an apartment under construction. Ariake became quickly a brand we all fell in love with. Previously I showed you another beautiful example: The Kumiko cabinets… how […]

Kinuta Terrace by Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design

Emerged from shared design values, the collaboration between Tokyo-native design studio, Keiji Ashizawa and Copenhagen-based Norm Architects takes its root in mutual admiration and a love for material richness and timeless appeal evident in both design traditions. In the spring of 2018, Ashizawa on boarded Norm Architects to collaborate on the renovation of two apartments […]

Discovering Japan through Instagram & Tokyo city Guide by Kinfolk

I don’t know about you but for me visiting Japan is high on my bucket list! Following the Stories on Instagram from people being in Japan is something I really enjoy especially if design is involved. Norm architects, as did Staffan Holm worked with Ariake during workshops in Morodami, South Japan posting beautiful pictures off […]

Inspirational design in black & brass by X + l

I recently discovered the work of x+l based in my hometown Amsterdam and I love to show you some of their work. The concrete table was love at first sight, and I think the the matt black concrete surface and its little irregularities are just perfect in my opinion. The legs of the table are […]

NLXL Launches Piet Hein Eek Timber Strips Wallpaper at DDW 2017

It’s seven years ago I had one of my first collaborations with NLXL when we did a give-away for the first collection in collaboration with Piet Hein Eek and I have being in touch with them ever since. They feel a bit like family and over the years I have seen them growing into a […]

Tokyo Rising | Visual storytelling by Curio Magazine

How do like the idea of visiting Japan! There is something about Japan that fascinates me, the culture, minimalistic design, and amazing food. Curio Magazine curated 13 things that caught their imagination. Founded by Art Director and Stylist Marcus Hay who felt there is still the need for a space to explore and discover new […]

BURNING EGO | WDSTCK

  Yet another great piece of art made by WDSTCK, the Burning Ego is made with an ancient woodworking technique from Japan that burns away the soft parts of the wood. The design of the lamp arose from a search for balance between the cultivated and the a-symmetric design of Mother Nature. By letting the […]