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SenSprout is helping farmers better understand their crops while saving water
SenSprout’s aim is to grant farmers a better understanding of how their crops consume water without using expensive technology.
Experimental food design studio introduces 3D-printed sushi
Open Meals imagines a future of generating, combining and printing food from anywhere in the world.
Playful interventionist and design researcher
Playful interventionist and design researcher.
South Africa meets Japan while design meets culture
“Ultimately, we believe that our uniqueness does not come from specific elements of African or Asian cultures, it just stems from us."
Yami-Ichi disrupts how the price of art is valued
Here, money is powerless and instead the public is invited to barter skills, services and objects for a piece of art.
Shoko Tamura on designing garments that amplify personal expression
The Keio University student says wearable technology could redefine the way people play in urban landscapes.
Mateusz Urbanowicz’s Tokyo Storefront series
These delightful illustrations document the changing face of the Japanese capital.
Michael Wolf photographs the world’s most uncomfortable commute
‘Tokyo Compression’ offers a new perspective of the Japanese city.
Shoko Tamura is a member of Daijiro Mizuno research laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo Japan, where she looks at speculative design and the human mind.
Tracing the origins of Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go, the product of American software developers Niantic and The Pokémon Company of Japan, is the love child of GPS tech and insect hunting.
Sou Fujimoto on multi-layered and conceptual architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s philosophical body of work explores architecture that doesn’t dictate any particular behaviour to its users.
Kazuya Kawasaki on biohacking the fashion industry
Speculative designer and Keio University student Kazuya Kawasaki grows new materials for the fashion industry.
Sou Fujimoto: The infinite possibilities of open field architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto talks about how architecture should create spaces for people to behave as they would like to.
Japan’s invisible trains will take off in 2018
Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima designs trains with a reflective surface that mirrors the surrounding scenery.
Electric fork simulates salty taste in food
Japanese researcher develops a fork that adds a salty taste to sodium-free food.
High-tech repository for the dead
Ruri Den is an alternative to burial sites for space-starved cities like Tokyo
Using DIY-biotechnology, Kazuya Kawasaki is changing the fashion of the future
Kazuya Kawasaki is a graduate of Keio University and a bio-activist using speculative design to pursue the possiblities of growing materials for fashion.
Issey Miyake collaborates with Finnish brand Iittala to design homeware collection
In a collaboration that marks new territory for both brands, Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake and Iittala have released a homeware collection
Kazuya Kawasaki is a fashion designer and a student in Keio University’s SFC X design programme. He is trying to create a new era of "speculative fashion".
Philosophical architect Sou Fujimoto blurs the lines between the public and the private in his thought-provoking work.
World’s largest floating solar farm to be built in Japan
Starved for space, Japan’s best solar options lie on the water.
Flying solar farm generates energy around the clock
Solar balloons generate energy where clouds cannot interfere with their efficiency.
A washable, soap resistant smartphone
Japanese company Kyocera have just released a smartphone that users can wash and use in the bath.
Tokyo Totem unpacks the cultural playground that is Tokyo
A multimedia guidebook helps visitors see Tokyo in different ways, through the eyes of its 46 contributors.
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Danish designer Johannes Torpe on the power of design to create universes
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21 Jan 19
“To create a universe around our products we actually have to take it out into the hands of the people who have to use it."
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