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AXIS Vol.186

2017 March - April
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

The power of to connect.

Business, technology, and the creative fields have been considered to be different domains so far. This notion, however, is about to change drastically due to the fact design thinking is permeating the management tiers of business and organizations, and tech-related startups in which designers are listed among their founders are emerging.

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Gen Terao [CEO of Balmuda]

Balmuda has released a product called "Green Fan" that is an attempt at reproducing natural wind, "Balmuda The Toaster," which seeks to realize the aroma of freshly baked bread, and, In January this year, a double-layered rice cooker called "Balmuda The Gohan". Balmuda's CEO Gen Terao is very particular about the spirit of innovation. It seems Balmuda's policy has changed little by little during the course of its 14-year history. Here is a look into Terao's true intentions.

Topics
Topics

Towards an age of vertical displays
—The new navigation system in Toyota Prius PHV

Car navigation systems so far have predominantly employed horizontally long screens. This situation may change drastically due to the new navigation system used in Prius PHV that adopted a vertical long display for the first time in Toyota cars. Being conscious of the smartphone GUI that everybody is familiar with, the designer aimed for operability that exceeds that of the smartphone.

Topics
Topics

The placebo effect born of postmodern architecture
—An interview with Maggie's Centre founder Charles Jencks

When you hear the word Maggie's, you'll think of the network of cancer care centers that have existed across the UK for the past twenty years, and are distinguished by their architecture. Each of the facilities, designed by well-known architects—such as Rem Koolhaas, Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry, and the late Zaha Hadid—are unique, and differ greatly from the image of the conventional sterile hospital.

Opinion
Opinion

Philipp Klais (Managing director of the pipe organ workshop Johannes Klais Orgelbau)

Johannes Klais Orgelbau in Bonn, Germany, has been making pipe organs that resonate majestically throughout cathedrals and concert halls for 135 years. Its 4th generation managing director Philipp Klais carries on the tradition, but at the same time is also an innovative. We visited Klais at the Elbphilharmonie where his latest work has been completed and installed, and asked him about creating sounds that have moved people over many centuries.