Barbican is at home with Japanese designer collection

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, which will be on at the Barbican Art Gallery until 25 June, is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.


An eclectic range of retail items that celebrate architectural and Japanese culture are
available through the Barbican Shop to accompany the exhibition, including exclusive print and notebook designs by award winning architect Ryue Nishizawa

The range also includes homeware items with hand-crafted lights supplied by Vitra, air vases by
Torafu, pottery from Mashiko, and a selection of wood & ceramic dining items from The Japan Centre; alongside architecture-themed stationery and games from Cinqpoints, lifestyle accessories by DOIY, an Origami decoration kit by Ola Studio, and Cathelijne Nuijsinkā€™s design
book How to Make a Japanese House

The exhibition features over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects such as Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA) and KenzoTange; to exciting figures little known outside of Japan including
Osamu Ishiyama, Kazunari Sakamoto and Kazuo Shinohara and young rising stars such as
Hideyuki Nakayama and Chie Konno

The Japanese House presents some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. The retail ranges are also available to purchase online:

Images from top to bottom: Cinqpoints-archifold-origami, Japan Centre ceramic teacup, Miya Kokeshi Doll Shiho, Ola Studio origami kit.