The Architectural Philosophies of Kazuyo Sejima

The Philosophies Guiding the Architecture of Kazuyo Sejima

Meet Kazuyo Sejima, one of the figureheads of modern Japanese architecture. Photo courtesy of aedes-arc.de. Japanese architecture has always been known for its close ties to nature and for its simple, minimalist designs. When we think of the subject, we immediately think of the nation’s grand temples and humble shrines. We also think about its […]

Embrace the Void: Applying the Japanese Concept of Ma to Interior Design

Embrace the Void: Applying the Japanese Concept of “Ma” to Interior Design

Empty spaces can also say so much, if you allow them to breathe. Photo courtesy of Stocksnap.io. It’s often said that strength can be found in numbers, but in some cases, the opposite can also hold true. It’s also possible to find power in smaller quantities – and in some cases, you can even find […]

Window Design: Difference between Windows and Shōji Screens

Window Design: Difference between Windows and Shōji Screens

SLIDING JAPANESE STYLE SHōJI SCREEN. Image Courtesy of Atelier Nick Barna. Shōji Screens, in essence, is a type of window used in Japan. As we discussed before, curtains hold a great importance for your home. In our previous blog, we discussed proper curtain placement and other importance that your curtain holds. With this, the next […]

A Touch of Zen: Applying the Bonsai Philosophy at Home

A Touch of Zen: Applying the Bonsai Philosophy at Home

The unique philosophy of the bonsai can also be applied to your home. Photo courtesy of Unsplash When it comes to furniture or flora that’s uniquely Japanese, the bonsai is one of the first symbols that springs to mind. Although it takes its roots from China, the art of just subtly altering a potted tree […]

Coffee Break: Your 2020 Guide to Poblacion’s Best Cafe and Coffee Shop

Coffee Break: Your 2020 Guide to Poblacion's Best Cafes and Coffee Shop

There is a common misconception that a Cafe is the same as a Coffee Shop; but simply, that is not the case. In this case, the only difference between these two is the type of food products they sell. Therefore, a Coffee Shop is an establishment that sells light snacks, such as pastries and their […]

Interior Battle: Designing Residential vs. Commercial Spaces

Interior Battle: Interior Design for Residential vs. Commercial Spaces

According to Merriam-Webster, Interior design, by definition, “the art or practice of planning and supervising the design and execution of architectural interiors and their furnishings.” In short, interior design is about transforming spaces to suit your needs. On the other hand, interior design is not the same for every space. As mentioned before, your interior […]

Work It: Office Design and Other Things to Consider for your Workplace

Work It: Office Design and Other Things to Consider for your Workplace

In Office Design, furniture is the star. Above all, office design is transforming a space into a room that fits all the equipment that everyone needs for your business. One of the most important things to remember is making sure that all your employees have a comfortable and adequate space to work on their daily […]