“Japan House”, a centre entirely dedicated to Japanese culture in São Paulo

The designer Kengo Kuma has recently completed work on a huge cultural centre entirely dedicated to ancient and contemporary Japanese culture, in the heart of São Paulo. “Japan House” is the first part of a project initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which plans to construct two similar centres in London and Los Angeles.

The Brazilian centre aims to recreate a typically Japanese ambiance and aesthetics in a welcoming setting, in a lively part of the city.

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New York store Opening Ceremony hosts a pink fibreglass installation

The Opening Ceremony store located between Soho and Chinatown in New York is already an essential part of the contemporary fashion scene, and is now trying its hand at design experimentation.

For his corner in the multi-brand store owned by Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the American designer Patrik Ervell chose to present his latest collection within a pink fibreglass installation, skilfully reconverting an industrial object into an unusual design piece.

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DANstudio adds “green balconies” to a house front in Hanoi

Strolling through the streets of Hanoi in Vietnam, you might see a new type of house front, with “green balconies” where plants have been placed, giving a new look to the district. They form part of the “TH House” construction, a house built to a standard design that required finishings before it could be occupied.

The architects from DANstudio undertook to complete the construction of one of these houses, which follows a typical structure inside and outside.

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“Living jewellery” that works like a personal assistant for your clothes

The teams of researchers, engineers and designers at MIT Media Lab have recently unveiled their brand new project, Kino, which aims to revolutionise the wearing of jewellery as a simple fashion accessory and transform it into a partner for connected living. Together, they have created robots that look like brooches or jewellery, capable of moving independently on any surface, including clothes.

This “living jewellery” can interact directly with the wearer or react to external conditions for increased living comfort.

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Yara Birkeland, the first electric and autonomous container ship.

We have already become accustomed to electric and autonomous motorised vehicles on our roads, but now there is a brand new type of environmentally-friendly transport: the container ship. Christened Yara Birkeland, this green crewless ship could take to the sea in 2018. It will revolutionise maritime cargo transport and is an interesting ecological alternative.

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