10 Japanese product designs characterized by minimalist aesthetics, simplicity and elegance

Japan is one of the few countries that can balance age-old tradition with modernity in such a harmonious fashion. This is especially true in the field of aesthetics and design. Japanese aesthetics encompass a variety of ideals, some of these are traditional while others are modern and sometimes influenced by other cultures.

Flower vases that swing as petals fall.
Designer: Keisuke Fujiwara

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Living chandelier with algae-filled leaves purifies the air

London-based designer and engineer, Julian Melchiorri, created the world’s first bionic chandelier that not only lights up the room, but also actively purifies the air. The ‘Exhale’ Chandelier features glass leaves filled with green algae that absorb CO2 and release oxygen.
Currently on display at the V&A Museum for London Design Week.
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(h/t: Inhabitat)

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Sleep in an owl-shaped cabin for FREE in rural France

“Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers) was designed and built by Zebra3. The three enchanting owls are huddled together as a single mass, creating a large cabin with two floors. Giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s “eyes.” The shelter is built atop a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area.
You can stay in the cabin for free but only for one night. Since the project was made to be off-the-grid, the place doesn’t have electricity, running water, or heat.
It consists part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. The Watchers is the sixth unique cabin of the series designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration of lesser-known sites.
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Intricate Illusion Drawings by Visothkakvei

Graphic designer Visothkakvei creates hyper-detailed optical illusion drawings playing with depths and textures.  kakvei  draws his nature-inspired designs mostly freehand. The artist sometimes digitally enhances his  doodles, making them  seem to lift right off the pages.

Check out more works at Instagram.com/visothkakvei.

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Roll-out table by Marcus Voraa

Roll-Out Table designed by Marcus Voraa is beechwood crafted finished off with steel and canvas.The length of the table can be adjusted according to the amount you need by rotating the handle. A pair of sliding legs can be re-positioned to provide extra stability.

The Concept
In our home there is an open plan living-room and kitchen. The room is the heart of our apartment and it is where we gather round together with friends and family. After one too many trips to the cellar to fetch the extra table leaves I decided I wanted a table that was flexible and had everything in one place. When I received the internet-themed brief for the exhibition at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, that was when the idea for the roll-out table @ came together.

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Photo credits: Marcus Voraa
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