Japan – a country known for its cutting-edge design, but maybe not so much its architecture. However, photographer Jérémie Souteyrat believes that Japanese architects have a rising new platform for experimentation – tiny plots of land.
“Inheritance taxes [in Japan] are so high that children often have to sell half the land to pay them. That’s why homes are so tiny now,” explains the photographer. To add to this, most Japanese homes last for an average of 25 years, providing frequent opportunity for changes in architecture and design. Jérémie’s new photographic book – ‘Tokyo No Ie” – documents the marvellous feats of compact housing architecture that can be found hidden along the streets of Tokyo. Not necessarily small structures, many are ingeniously designed upwards to make the most of the impossibly small land spaces.
Think you’re quite an adventurous, outdoor type? Chances are The North Face will stock everything you need for your next adventure…and possibly a bit more at their South Korean pop-up shop. The brand have created a brilliant experience within their new store, which holds a selected range of clothing, but also boasts a climbing wall to playfully enhance the mindset of the customers who come searching for their outdoor gear. However, the climbing wall isn’t just a mere decoration and comes in very useful when the floor disappears before their eyes!
The video released by The North Face shows how their store comes to life and immerses unsuspecting customers in an exciting survival experience, inspired by the brand’s projected lifestyle. We think that the campaign entitled ‘Never Stop Exploring’ is great fun (if not frankly terrifying), and really encourages interaction with the brand, creating an awesome, memorable experience.
Source: Design Taxi
Following the inspiring achievements of this year’s Nobel Prize winners, Reuters have released a beautiful infographic showing a visualisation of Nobel Prize distribution by country, since 1901. The infographic depicts the amount of Nobel Prize winners by country of origin, with links to the various awarded categories. USA is home to the most Nobel Prize laureates, with the UK second – however, across the world 876 Prizes have been won collectively!
An infographic showing a more in-depth view of Nobel Prize Physics Laureates was also released, providing another simple way to represent winners by country.
Source: Business Insider
The team behind Google Maps are constantly developing their outreach across the world, aiming to make even the harshest landscapes accessible at the click of a button. They try to blend into their environment when mapping their photographic Street View mode, without disrupting the landscape. So when exploring the sands of the Arabian Liwa Desert, they installed their ‘Trekker’ camera on the back of a camel! The desert area is one of the oldest sites in the United Arab Emirates and holds the Liwa oasis, which was once home to many tribes who developed local trade routes, and used the rich natural resources to build their lifestyles. Now, the oasis is a difficult place to find but has been brought to life through authentic imagery on Google Maps. Its almost as if you were exploring the beautiful landscape riding on a camel or something…!
Source: Google Maps