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AXIS Vol.166

2013 November - December
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

The Progress of Medicine through Design

The field of medicine as an industry is expected to show major progress in the future, and design will most definitely play a large role. There are truly many areas where design ought to be involved, from hospital buildings to spaces, management systems, devices and precision equipment for tests and surgeries, materials, and equipment to help patients recover or improve various functions. Moreover, in not a few cases what design can provide isn't just a matter of simple improvements in form but extends to new visions and concepts. How far can design take the field of medical treatment? We look for the answer through a variety of examples.

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Kenji Ekuan

Not long after the postwar reconstruction era when the word design was still almost unknown to the general public, Kenji Ekuan established GK Industrial Design Associateswas and was among the first to promote design. Ever since, Kenji Ekuan has been a leader in the design industry not only in Japan but around the world to date. Now that the postwar era has long passed, what is the road design should take in this modern age facing diverse issues? Here's what Ekuan has to say.

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Furniture featuring a futuristic arabesque pattern and carbon fiber

Shiseido Ginza Building that opened on October 2 will function as an office where Shiseido's creative divisions are consolidated, and a venue including a multi-purpose hall where people can gather. Adorning the 1st floor entrance are graphic works by Katsuhiko Shibuya, who is director of Hanatsubaki, and a reception counter and bench designed by Kiyomi Suzuki of Ishimaru. Suzuki has been pursuing furniture design using carbon fiber, and Youji Nobuto of Shiseido Advertising Creation Department supervised the overall design of the building as creative director. Their thoughts behind creating the new space are introduced here in an interview.

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The Onomichi Denim Project

A project to brand used denim has begun in Onomichi, Hiroshima prefecture. Two hundred and seventy of Onomichi's citizens are collaborating over a period of one year to impart a unique aged texture and faded look to denim.

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Ryue Nishizawa + nendo: Roof and Mushrooms

The Ryue Nishizawa + nendo: Roof and Mushrooms exhibition by the somewhat unexpected combination of architects Ryue Nishizawa and Oki Sato who heads the design office nendo is being held at Kyoto University of Art & Design. How did these two creators come to join forces? How did their ideas and works interact? We talked to them about the paths and process of their thinking.