bits of inspiration – #87.

Reading this Huffington Post article yesterday about a home designed by Japanese architect, Issei Suma, I was struck by how the woodland structure seemed so simultaneously modern and whimsical. While these styles seem in some ways at odds with one another, upon reading Suma’s biography on his own site it’s clear that these sort of contradictions are at the very heart of his approach. His “about” page reads like this:

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The home he has designed will serve an altruistic purpose as a cafe and guest house for the elderly, run by a social worker and a cook who serve the surrounding community. The structure, situated in the mountain ridge in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, has an almost magical serene quality to it’s design. The exterior form projects a kind of ethereal woodland aesthetic, while the inside of the home has the feeling of a really modern spa or retreat space. I’ve included some of my favorite images below. Definitely head over to the original article for more details and check out Suma’s professional site to see more from his portfolio.

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photo courtesy of Takumi Ota Photography

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photo courtesy of Takumi Ota Photography

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photo courtesy of Takumi Ota Photography

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photo courtesy of Takumi Ota Photography

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bits of inspiration – #2.

Saw this on Huffington Post today (along with a larger collection of really beautiful images) and it made me soooo nostalgic for springtime. Any day now…

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Shinjuku Park, Tokyo
DAVID MAREUIL/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images via The Huffington Post