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AXIS Vol.151

2011 May - June
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

Breakthroughs in Design

Achieving a breakthrough is a matter of pushing through an impasse and succeeding in making a significant advance. In this issue we introduce examples of design that attempt to address diverse issues and solve various problems without being swayed by conventional ways of thinking or making deliberate displays of eccentricity merely for the sake of being different.

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby

Dunne & Raby are attempting to draw out new aspects of design by expanding its application from studies conventionally connected with digital technology to a greater variety of sciences. Although the pair’s activities have been attracting more interest from the worlds of art and science than before, when seen from the framework of design their objectives may still appear unclear and difficult to understand. In order to explain that difficulty, we talked with Dunne & Raby about their aims.

Topics
Topics

Hideyuki Nakayama on his upcoming exhibition Little Big House

Architect Hideyuki Nakayama’s exhibition Little Big House will be held at AXIS Gallery from April 27 to May 8. “The roof of a gas station looks like a table, and a bookcase next to a table looks like a building. What forms are hidden between them?” Based on these words that Nakayama had prepared for the exhibition, we asked him how we might go about deciphering the intentions behind the exhibition.

Topics
Topics

BMW on connecting with intelligent networking and the environment

How can the fun and convenience that the car provides to individuals coexist with measures necessitated by global environmental issues? Technological innovations in networking are on the verge of opening up new possibilities for the car, and BMW is positioning networking and the ecology as two pillars of its engineering. We report on where the company is headed as seen at the Geneva Motor Show in late February.

Traditional Craft Forms
Traditional Craft Forms

Tea Caddies

Kaikado’s highly functional tea caddies stand serenely beautiful in perfect balance. Kaikado Co., Ltd., founded in 1875 in Kyoto, was first in Japan to produce round tea caddies and has been making nothing else but tea caddies to date. Simply place the lid over the cylindrical body and it will slowly but smoothly slide down while expelling air. Demonstrating unyielding precision, these tea caddies also possesses just the right degree of hand craftsmanship. What makes all this possible is an accumulation of know-how fostered over many years.