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AXIS vol.187

June 2017
Cover Photographer: L.A. Tomari
Feature
Feature

SKYWARD

A vast space that is the sky spreads above us. To what kind of future is the sky—where diverse knowledge and ideas are being exchanged—guiding us? Introduced in this issue are new designs of the age of grand aviation where it is not dreams or imagination but humankind itself that soars?

Leaders
Leaders

Muneaki Masuda [CEO of Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.]

Muneaki Masuda is literally a person who creates "culture." TSUTAYA with 1,400 stores across Japan and the T card boasting 61 million active users has grown into a phenomenon that represents Japan today. What kind of "seeds of planning" are envisioned by Muneaki Masuda who says his company is the "greatest planning company in the world?"

Insight
Insight

Little Sun by Olafur Eliasson—A project to connect the global community with action on climate change

Olafur Eliasson is a world-renowned artist, but not everyone knows that he co-founded a company called Little Sun in 2012 that produces yellow, flower-shaped solar lamps. During his concluding speech at Design Indaba held in South Africa in March of this year, a performance unfolded throughout the venue with the entire audience holding Little Sun lamps.

Insight
Insight

A realistic future shown by Sony at SXSW—Designing physical experiences that transcend VR/AR

South by Southwest (SXSW) held in Austin, Texas every year in March started as an indie labels music festival in 1987 and has evolved into a platform where innovators and creators gather from all over the world. One company that demonstrated its presence this year was Sony.

Insight
Insight

Charmed by the light of pre-modern eras—MOA Museum of Art renewal project by Hiroshi Sugimoto (NMRL)

The MOA Museum of Art in Atami, reopened large-scale renovations. The architectural firm, New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL), led by contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and architect Tomoyuki Sakakida, proposed the space design concept and supervised its design. We delved into the initiative by Sugimoto and others to recreate pre-modern light witnessed by such figures as Yoshimasa Ashikaga and Sen no Rikyu.