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Designing for The Moving Image

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Designing for The Moving Image

Editor's note: Up until now the focus of this blog has been on exploring aspects of OOKKUU's products, such as their construction, history, and use, but that is hardly the full extent of what we wish to accomplish here. Our overarching goal in running this blog is to prompt thought and conversation on the purpose and various roles of design in our world. We believe such context can help create a deeper understanding of the quality present in the pieces we carry. With this goal in mind, we reached out to William Budge and Nicole Löbart, both of whom are established...

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Cast Metal Techniques in Japanese Furniture Making (Monozukuri Series - Case Study 1)

Design Furniture Interior Japan

Cast Metal Techniques in Japanese Furniture Making  (Monozukuri Series - Case Study 1)

The Bridge Across Table from our Luxury Collection is an all-around stunning piece, but with one look it is automatically clear what its standout feature is. That feature is the table’s solid bronze legs, which are connected to each other by an elliptical shaped “bridge” of sorts. The legs draw attention not only for the vibrant, warm tone of the bronze, but for their attractive and elegant design as well. Through their dedication to monozukuri (the art-of-making), the craftsmen were able to create a unique piece that presents a light and refined design while employing the sturdiness and beauty of...

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Kengo Kuma, Furniture, and Materiality | Immateriality

Architecture Design Furniture Interior Japan

Kengo Kuma, Furniture, and Materiality | Immateriality

Kuma the Architect- Many believe that Kengo Kuma is a Pritzker Prize winning architect to be. His role as the designer of the new 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium is sure to push this already world-renowned architect and University of Tokyo professor even further into the limelight. Kuma's stadium design makes prevalent use of wood and greenery, yet it captures the zeitgeist of today just as Hadid's avant-garde design did, just in a different way. ((Above) Sunny Hills Dessert Shop in Tokyo. Credit: Tokyobling) One interesting aspect of Kuma as an architect is that while he is known now for his personal style and design philosophy, his...

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OOKKUU's End of the Year Party

OOKKUU's End of the Year Party

Following our annual tradition, we at OOKKUU recently hosted an end of the year party to thank our close friends and clients for a wonderful year. At this event, which took place in our South Pasadena showroom, we were able to share good food, drinks, and conversation with our guests. We even had an impromptu performance of the musical Hairspray by three of our talented, young guests!    We would like to thank everyone for coming, and we hope to see you again soon in the new year. We wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2017! -Your OOKKUU Team  

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Casting a New Light with Tradition

Design Furniture Interior Japan Lighting

Casting a New Light with Tradition

How three Japanese makers are using tradition to innovate in Lighting. Lighting is often the unsung hero of a room, illuminating the things that we wish to highlight without standing out itself. Other times, the lighting itself can be the highlight of the room. No matter how it is used, it is clear that despite the relatively short history of electrical lighting, the field has seen profound innovation and experimentation over the years. In the 20th century, lamps and lanterns developed not only as functional pieces, but as art, with notable contributions like the ARCO floor lamp by Achille and...

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