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M&M Rosie by ARTechnic


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It’s been over a year since Kotaro Ide and his architectural firm ARTechnic wowed the community with their 2008 work Shell.  The holiday villa in Karuizawa, Japan, characterized by two concrete tubes with oval sections, understandably went on to win several design awards.

We hadn’t seen any new work from the group until now. M&M Rosie, while not quite as unique and defined as their previous work, is nonetheless stunning in its geometric form. It stands as a private residence in Setagaya, Tokyo.

M&M Rosie by ARTechnic

It’s been over a year since Kotaro Ide and his architectural firm ARTechnic wowed the community with their 2008 work Shell.The holiday villa in Karuizawa, Japan, characterized by two concrete tubes with oval sections, went on to win several design awards.

We hadn’t seen any new work from the group until now. M&M Rosie, while not quite as unique and defined as their previous work, is nonetheless stunning in its geometric form. It stands as a private residence in Setagaya, Tokyo.

http://www.artechnic.jp/

http://www.archdaily.com/11602/shell-artechnic-architects/

July 30, 2010   Comments Off

The August 2010 issue of Wallpaper | paper cut-out house by Ryuji Nakamura


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If you happen to have your hands on the August 2010 issue of Wallpaper, there is a special present inside for you – a totally modernist paper cut-out house by one of our favorite architects, Ryuji Nakamura. Need. Want. Must have.

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July 29, 2010   1 Comment

happy birthday to me!!!

Today my little blog turns 3. I was planning something special but this jet lag really has me in a headlock and I never was able to execute. So it’s just going to have to wait till next year. Instead, I will just keep it simple by saying ‘thank you’ to all the readers, past and present, that have helped shape what Spoon & Tamago is today. You guys are awesome!

July 29, 2010   8 Comments

FrancFranc Aoyama by Yasumichi Morita

Yasumichi Morita of interior design firm Glamorous recently completed the newest FrancFranc shop (which I have compared to Crate & Barrel in the past) in the upscale Aoyama area of Tokyo. I made a couple purchases here during my trip to Japan, which I will share at a later time.

Also in the past I have had mixed feelings for Morita’s work, which straddles a delicate balance between classy and corny, but this time around I have only good things to say about the awesome space.

And yet again, in the past, Yasumichi Morita appeared on this site previously with rapper verbal in a photo shoot for Louis Vuitton. And coincidentally, both showed up at the opening party in May – the latter being a surprise guest DJ for the event.

The new flagship store, which, for its vast scale, is also known as FrancFranc Village, will include several in-shop collaborations such as the very first Monocle shop in Japan.

July 29, 2010   Comments Off

Thoughts from Japan

I just returned from a 2-week stint in Japan and wanted to jot down these thoughts while they were still fresh in my head. To be followed later this week or next will be a much more interesting “Goodies from Japan” post.

Technology
Stepping into an electronics store in Japan used to be like stepping into the future. These were the products that would line shelves of Best Buy in 2-3 years. This is no longer the case. Not only does Japan sell the same crap you see anywhere else in the world, innovators like Apple and Dyson have reversed this trend. It makes me wonder what is the next industry to begin losing ground? Film? Anime?

Foreigners
I notice more and more foreigners each time I go back, but this time I noticed foreigners working jobs that traditionally were always reserved for Japanese, such as store clerks and waiters/waitresses. I had never seen that before.

Peace Sign
Undoubtedly, the most significant observation is that the ubiquitous symbol of photography, the peeesu, or peace sign, is on the brink of a coup. The usurper that is threatening to knock it off of its longstanding thrown is none other than the Schwarzenegger thumbs up. According to reliable sources, the new sign is spreading at an alarming rate throughout the photos of young schoolgirls.

July 29, 2010   3 Comments

Studio Apartment CD Jacket by Shun Kawakami

Designer Shun Kawakami has put his signature touch on the 5th album of Japanese house-duo Studio Apartment.

In case you were wondering what the album sounds like, here is a sample.

July 28, 2010   Comments Off

Issey Miyake launches new website

Fashion designer Issey Miyake has a spanking new website designed by Shun Kawakami of Artless.

July 28, 2010   Comments Off

Bar Dreieck Park by Case-Real Architects

Case-Real Architects, headed by Koichi Futatsumata, unveiled a new bar they designed in Fukuoka. Dreieck Park, which is Triangular Park in German, gets its name from its strategic location on the top floor of a building, overlooking a lone park situated in the middle of a busy shopping district. The bar is characterized by an incredibly sexy table that swells out into the center of the bar.

The pendant lights were designed to sit above a specified horizon so as to not obstruct views of the central window. The armchairs were also specifically designed for long drinks (and maybe even some pour-your-heart-out-moments with the bartender. The cool thing about the table is, depending on where you sit, you can either feel very intimate or very distanced from the bartender.)

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July 27, 2010   1 Comment

KKC | A house with a golf course by Takuya Tsuchida

Photos by Torimura Koichi

Unless your name is Rockefeller, a golf course in your backyard is the stuff dreams are made of. But for the lucky owners of this home designed by Takuya Tsuchida of no.555, an architectural design studio based in Yokohama, hitting the green simply requires that they step out onto their patio. Completed in late 2009, KKC is a private family residence built in Sukagawa City of Fukushima prefecture. The architect, who also hails from Fukushima, decided to lift the main house up on pillars, effectively creating an open communal space for the family members, while also ensuring a certain level of privacy.

Sure, it’s not an 18-hole golf course, simply a mini-putting green for the kids. But I love the idea of using outdoor play space to define the shape of a home.

Source: Architecture List

July 25, 2010   Comments Off

In the summer time our genitals become itchy

the catchiest jingle making the rounds on Japanese television this summer is a 15-second spot featuring grown men rejoicing about Delicare M’s, a soothing cream that keeps their genitals from becoming itchy during the summer.

♪ In the summer time our genitals become itchy (itchy)
When they become itchy, use Delicare M’s
[humming humming] it works!
don’t scratch them, use Delicare M’s♪

translation by Spoon & Tamago

July 19, 2010   6 Comments