Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

THE Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 exhibition at the Barbican explores the post war housing of Japan, some of the most ground breaking and modern architecture in the world. As well a full size reconstruction of Moriyama House by Ryue Nishizawa that visitors can walk around, the exhibition also features a Japanese tea house and garden designed by Terunobu Fujimori for visitors to enjoy.

The exhibition explores the styles and trends throughout the eras from the 60's modular bubble houses to the future of Japanese architecture covering some big design issues such as sustainability and making structures resilient to earthquakes.

As a designer I found it interesting to explore another design discipline and see how their industry is changing and moving forward in the future. It's a great exhibition as not only do you learn lots but it allows you to interact and experience the environment first hand. The attention to detail was incredible and it really fells like you have been transported to another culture. I won't give too much away but here's a few of my pictures from my visit. L

The exhibition runs at the Barbican Art Gallery until 25th June. For more info and tickets click here.

The Design Museum

Interior shots of the musem

Interior shots of the musem

THE Design Museum reopened in its new home in Kensington at the end of last year. The new building, the former Commonwealth Institute has been designed by architect John Pawson.

The building itself is stunning, when you walk in you really get the wow factor. Light, modern and airy, it creates an inspirational and harmonious atmosphere. There are plenty of seating and places to work, people were sat sketching on benches built into the walls and stairs. In addition there are conference rooms, a restaurant and coffee shop, all of which could be used for an informal meeting.

Entry to the museum is free and they have a large free permanent exhibition, Designer, Maker, User which explores 20th and 21st Century design across many different disciplines. There's also free pop up displays and a main ticketed exhibition space on the basement level.

Overall I think its a fantastic inspirational place for people to visit and I can't help think how lucky London's creatives are to have such a fantastic free resource. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in design or enjoys thinking outside the box. I will definitely be visiting regularly, whether it be in search of some design inspiration or just somewhere to sit and work. See you there!  L

More information can be found on the Design Museum website.