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July 7, 2016

Nissin Cupnoodles Museum

Even though its main audience is children, Cupnoodles Museums does not rely on "more" to make them happy. Then what are the keys for their success?...

July 7, 2016

Penguins are not boring: Asahiyama Zoo

Read an inspiring story of a small municipal zoo that transformed into a popular zoo that attracts millions of visitors from around the world....

July 7, 2016

Celebrate what you already own: Patagonia

Patagonia's Black Friday event "Celebrate what you already own" made me think about the relationship between "having (buying) more,", "having (buying) less" and deep satisfaction. I soon came to realization that having less can...

February 6, 2017

Open House with Condensed Core: House Vision 2016

Architect Shigeru Ban has been actively involved in disaster relief projects in many parts of the world, by designing and providing temporary shelters. When he imagined a next generation house, it became tiny, flexible, mobile,...

May 26, 2021

Why is MUJI’s minimalist design called Zen?

The Japanese household brand MUJI is often dubbed “commercial Zen” for its no-frills, minimalist design and approach. But exactly what kind of Zen aesthetics are seen in MUJI? Two prominent designers Kenya Hara and Naoto Fukasawa give...

September 20, 2017

“Simplify!” Steve Jobs’ relentless quest for Zen design

Steve Jobs is known to have practiced the Soto-school of Japanese Zen, and is also known to have loved the kare-sansui garden of the Saijo-ji in Kyoto, which was founded by a prominent Zen priest/garden designer in the 14th century....

December 2, 2016

Zero perspectives in “Small Architecture” by Kengo Kuma

Kuma's book, "Small Architecture," is full of inspiration that questions the myth of modern architecture, which has become excessively big, hard and alienating. He advocates small architecture as an alternative, due to its boundless...

December 10, 2016

iFixit – rediscover the joy of making and repairing things

iFixit co-founder Kyle Wiens passionately claims: “take something apart that doesn’t work, understand the problem so as you can fix it, and then put back together….is the greatest feeling in the world when it turns on and you know that...

February 12, 2017

Circular economy 300 years ago

Circular economy already existed 300 years ago in Edo (Tokyo). It was filled with lively, resilient people and opportunities for design. Get inspired by their energy and creativity....

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