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Japanese Design: Buildings to Bento Boxes

Spring 2015 Student Lecture Series: Naomi Pollock

Japanese Design: Buildings to Bento Boxes

© Boston Architectural College; Video by: Matt Gelineau

April 15, 2015

Abstract: From buildings to bento boxes, Japan cooks up some of the most clever, elegant, and whimsical design in the world. A tasty blend of traditional craftsmanship and cutting edge technology, these works are a feast for the eye that carries over from scale to scale. Created for the Japanese public, they reflect the way people live, work, and eat in a country with a healthy appetite for rich materials, careful attention to detail, and industrial perfection.

Naomi Pollock is an American architect who lives in Tokyo where she writes about design in Japan. Her work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Pacific, including A+U, Dwell, Jutakutokushu, Wallpaper* and Architectural Record, for whom she is the special international correspondent. In addition, she is the author of Modern Japanese House, Hitoshi Abe, and Made in Japan: 100 New Products, as well as the co-author of New Architecture in Japan. She was also a contributor to Architecture: The Whole Story and Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture.

This programming was generously supported by the United States-Japan Foundation and the BAC.