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In the recent time we found several Japanese essentials around us. We selected them and made this styling mosaic of our actual Japanese inspiration.

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Influence of the Japanese contemporary architecture

Contemporary Japanese architecture is very powerful today. Every day you can find many new Japanese houses featured on design blogs. All of them are beautiful and discover new space possibilities and living habits. Czech studio A1 Architects is also influenced by Japanese architectural environment. One of their recent projects is the Hut tea house in Ostrava (model pictured), which illustrates some of the main ideas of Japanese architecture: minimalist space, craft work, traditional rituals, materials.

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Japanese modernists and conceptual spaces

Above we talk about contemporary Japanese dwelling architecture which is highly conceptual. But all of that starts many years ago with work of some celebrated Japanese modernist architects. One of them is Kazuo Shinohara (1925 - 2006). His architecture was based on philosophy and theory very much. In the recent published book titled Kazuo Shinohara, Houses by 2G you can find really interesting examples of his domestic architecture through his whole career.

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New playfulness by Muji

Global brand without label, Muji, has prepared several new toys including collaboration with lego, wooden puzzles inspired by Enzo Mari`s famous designs or these cardboard animals which you can assemble very easily.

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Stationary revolution by Midori

We wrote about Midori products some times ago. But now we have good reason to remind them. Our friends from Denim Heads store based in Prague delivered first Midori products to Czech customers. Do not hesitate and come to buy exclusive envelopes, brass pens or notebooks and diaries.

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Design domination from Nendo

Tokyo-based studio Nendo was one of the busiest designers this year. He collaborated on many products and exhibitions including chandelier for Czech company Lasvit or its own exhibition called Textured Transparencies at Salone del Mobile in Milan (pictured). No doubt that the studio won annual Wallpaper design awards as The Best design of the year.

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Wonderful hand-made denim

Via Prague-based denim store Denim Heads we know something more about the unique Japanese denim. Store sells denim from Japan Blue or Momotaro, whose denim calendar we have on the wall (pictured).

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New patterns

From Ijin Material, London-based denim brand inspired by the best from the Japanese denim goods, comes this delicate shirt.