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Architecture for Dogs opens in Japan

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Imprint Lab‘s Architecture for Dogs crew recently returned from Japan and their photos of the installation and opening events are very cool. Doors opened on October 25 at Toto Gallery•Ma in Tokyo.

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The display of species-specific doghouses curated by Kenya Hara had previously shown in Miami and Long Beach. The Asian debut included new pieces, including 12 explorations of Hara’s D-Tunnel concept.

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The gallery also invites visitors to submit their own doghouse designs. The sketches, which are updated daily at architecturefordogs.com, are wonderful. So is the new book.

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There was also talk at Design Hub in Tokyo Midtown, featuring Hara along with contributors Atelier Wan, Torafu Architects, Sou Fujimoto, and Elien Deceuninck of MVRDV.

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Imprint and interTrend’s own Julia Huang participated in the opening events, too, and was documented by several Instagram accounts.

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Check out coverage from The Japan Times and Wallpaper* and, better yet, visit yourself before the exhibit closes on December 21.

Toto Gallery•Ma
Toto Nogizaka Bldg. 3F
1-24-3 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
03-3402-1010

11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Friday until 7 p.m.)
Closed Sunday, Monday, and holidays

Free admission

 

Architecture for Dogs goes to Tokyo

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Imprint Culture Lab’s wildly successful collaboration with Japanese designer Kenya Hara, Architecture for Dogs, will open in Tokyo opens this Friday, October 25 at TOTO Gallery·Ma in Tokyo. For the Asian debut of the species-specific doghouses designed by world class architects and designers, most of the Japanese contributors will be in attendance, as will Elien Deceuninck from MVRDV (Netherlands).

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The third stop of the show (which follows Miami and Long Beach) will also feature more than 10 new variations of Hara’s D-TUNNEL, expanding upon the MUJI creative director’s notion of “a device that mediates between the scale of the human and the scale of the dog.” Hara will also take part in a symposium with architect Kengo Kuma and Imprint/interTrend’s own Julia Huang on Saturday, November 2.

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While the museum has stopped issuing lottery applications to attend the symposium (winners will be announced on Thursday), the exhibit will be open and free to attendees from Friday, October 25 through Saturday, December 21.

TOTO GALLERY·MA
TOTO Nogizaka Bldg.
3F1-24-3 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
www.toto.co.jp/gallerma

Sorry, no dogs allowed but all are invited to download free blueprints and build doghouses for his or her pooch!

See you there!

Architecture for Dogs in Miami

Imprint Culture Lab’s Architecture for Dogs installation concluded its five-day stand in Miami’s Design District yesterday. You should have been there. But in case you weren’t, here are some pictures and captions.

Above, Imprint Venture Lab‘s Julia Huang (center) with MUJI’s Kenya Hara (in gray) and crew. The venture was produced by Imprint  and created by the Kenya Hara Design Institute.

The roster of contributing architects was stellar (Atelier Bow-Wow, above; MVRDV, Konstantin Grcic, below) but never took itself so seriously as to exclude its target audience or their owners.

Now and then, human participants received some attention and accolades as well. The perfectly executed combination of human designs and nature, craft and instinct, and concept and whimsy was as primal as it was conceptual, and gathered coverage both nationally (ABC News, Time magazine) and locally (Miami Herald, Miami New Times).

For more information, as well as the designer doghouse blueprints, visit architecturefordogs.com.