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AXIS Vol.161

2013 January - February
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

Talking about Japan

In this feature we have seven teams of creators active on the front lines of various fields overseas. Precisely because of their insatiable interest in and familiarity with Japan cultivated over many years, the standpoint of these overseas creators should reveal aspects that we Japanese would not notice ourselves. Hear them talk about a potential and future of Japan that is unknown to us.

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Walter de Silva

Volkswagen Group has set forth its growth target of 10 million cars by the year 2018. The person appointed to take the helm of its design is Italian born Walter de Silva. We asked him about the secret of VW’s surge when he visited Japan for the occasion of the debut of VW’s new compact car up!.

Topics
Topics

The Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron

The Parrish Art Museum, which reopened in November of 2012 in Water Mill, Long Island, is Herzog & de Meuron’s first large-scale cultural facility on the east coast of the United States.

Topics
Topics

Interior space design to inspire innovation—Studio o+a

Studio o+a is an interior design office based in San Francisco. Although it’s a small organization of only 25 employees, Studio o+a has handled the office design for many prominent Silicon Valley tech firms such as Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, and Square Inc.

The Prototype
The Prototype

Seiko Instruments "Timecapsule-core" (2012)

Timecapsule-core is a container for a message delivering service from the user to someone in the future, and is small enough to be held in one’s hand. The design resembles a flying object from the future or an artifact from ancient times, some kind of a life form or an inorganic object, either well-balanced or somewhat off balance.... The designer says his aim was to create a design that could be interpreted in different ways depending on who sees it.