An “Ao” or “Blue” Studio in Saitama, Japan

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Renovated by Keiji Ashizawa Design, the Ao Studio was remade for a pattern-maker and a restaurateur working from home in Saitama, Japan. The architects removed all of the internal walls and installed built-in furniture, creating a spacious open plan for designing, cooking, and entertaining. Their addition of large windows allows the couple to work by natural light, the spacious balcony makes room for outdoor parties, and the washed concrete walls give the apartment an industrial look. Altogether, the new interior soothes the eye and keeps the owners feeling creative with a neutral palette and youthful pops of blue.

Via architizer; photography by Takumi Ota

Holly

Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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